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Old January 9th, 2017, 02:50 PM   #1
 
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SR22 hammer "cocked slightly?"

This is from the SR22 manual:

"If the hammer is decocked using the safety, the hammer is held away from the firing pin. If the decock is not used, the hammer can be thumb cocked slightly so that the hammer rests on the decock hammer stop."

My question is, why would one want/need to cock the hammer slightly rather than using the decocker?



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tom, some people don't trust mechanical. Don't ever get to dependent on anything mechanical, safety starts between your ears.

Hope that helps some.
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OK, that makes sense.
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My question is, why would one want/need to cock the hammer slightly rather than using the decocker?
It keeps the hammer off the firing pin. Many of us don't like the safety/decocker, especially since it operates backwards, and because of that, don't use the safety.
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To make sure I've got the idea: instead of using the decocker, one can decock by manually dropping the hammer, using the trigger to release it, and ending up in the slightly cocked position just as if the decocker had been used. Is this correct?
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To make sure I've got the idea: instead of using the decocker, one can decock by manually dropping the hammer, using the trigger to release it, and ending up in the slightly cocked position just as if the decocker had been used. Is this correct?
Don't think so. Pulling the trigger and then "riding" the hammer down is dangerous. If there is a round in the chamber and the hammer slips from your grip - you risk a ND. The decocker is there so you safely lower the hammer on a loaded chamber. If the sudden dropping of the hammer bothers you (I don't like it), you can activate the decocker with one hand and use the other to slowly lower the hammer.

As an aside, the direction of activation of the safety/decocker is consistent with how decocking mechanisms were first introduced - I have 1960 Walter P38 which operates in this manner.

Anyway, that's my take on this matter.
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If the sudden dropping of the hammer bothers you (I don't like it), you can activate the decocker with one hand and use the other to slowly lower the hammer.
That's an excellent idea.
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