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To: Prodigal Son
It's called a "barrel safety", and it is one of the seven safeties on GI pistols.

Grip, barrel, switch -

44 posted on 08/04/2002 5:21:14 PM PDT by patton
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To: patton
What's the purpose of it? I mean, it wouldn't seem like you'd want the person you were pointing the weapon at to be able to cause it not to fire. Now that you mention that term- "barrel safety" I have some distant rumblings of recognition deep down in the memory vault of same. Anyway, could you explain what the purpose of it is? And is it like that on all automatics or just this model or does it applied to all military issue pistols?

It's just curiousity mainly. It was a fun way to spend a few hours in Bosnia but it's not really knowledge I can apply nowadays but I found it to be a bit of a novelty at the time.

45 posted on 08/04/2002 6:23:31 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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