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Old 02-17-2012, 22:18   #1
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Color me dumb, but...

What does the 80s style safety actually do?
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Old 02-17-2012, 22:36   #2
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Its supposed to prevent the gun from discharging in the case its dropped or something by blocking the firing pin unless the trigger is depressed.
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Old 02-17-2012, 22:37   #3
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Another thing it does is cause the Colt to lose value on the used market.
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Old 02-17-2012, 22:39   #4
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Series 80 guns have a firing pin block incorporated into the slide assembly. The block is in the form of a spring loaded plunger and prevents the firing pin from traveling forward under inertia should the pistol be dropped muzzle first onto a hard object, ie; ground. The plunger is pushed up and out of the way by a cam in the frame. The cam is actuated by the pressing of the trigger.

I hope I explained that correctly.
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Old 02-17-2012, 23:05   #5
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S&W uses a similar design, but its activated by the grip safety instead of the trigger.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:42   #6
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It does what all newer pistol's firing pin safeties do. Helps prevent discharge when it's dropped or knocked against that causes the sear t0 somehow tripped and the hammer falls down.
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