Handgun Radio 188 - Handgun Safety Mechanisms & Devices

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This week, we discuss the history of handgun safety mechanisms & devices!

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Main Topic: A History & Discussion of Handgun Safety Mechanisms/Devices

Remington 1861 Percussion Revolver: Safety notches in cylinder, similar to those currently used on NAA Mini Revolvers.   Allows the gun to be carried with all chambers loaded.

Tranter Cap and Ball: Double Action with hammer block mechanism
S&W Safety Hammerless: Concealed Hammer and grip safety

Iver Johnson Safety Revolver: Transfer Bar safety


Early Pistol Safety features:   Grip Safety, Magazine Disconnect

Walther PP: Double Action, Decocking Safety, hammer block safety, Loaded Chamber indicator.

Walther P38: Similar above but uses a firing pin block.

Colt's pre-WW2 Swartz firing pin drop safety for the Government Model National Match.  Colt wouldn't go back to a firing pin drop safety until the 1980s, albeit it was a completely different design.

H&K VP70: DAO Striker fired with cross-block safety

SIG Sauer P220: First large production handgun with no manual safety,  just decocking lever

Glock Safe Action: Pre-Charged striker with firing pin block.   Trigger Shoe safety.


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