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To: Prodigal Son
Personnaly, I believe the purpose of the barrel safety is to give DI's a way to prevent the recruits from shooting them.

But that's just MHO.

46 posted on 08/04/2002 6:26:25 PM PDT by patton
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To: patton
Sounds good to me ;-)
47 posted on 08/04/2002 6:35:25 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: patton
Personnaly, I believe the purpose of the barrel safety is to give DI's a way to prevent the recruits from shooting them.

But that's just MHO.

Not quite. The purpose of the *barrel safety* [properly called the disconnector is twofold: to prevent the pistol from discharging unless the breech is in the locked position with the cartridge fully seated, since an out-of-battery discharge could rupture the brass cartridge case and injure the shooter, and to prevent unwanted full-automatic fire by requiring a seperate press of the trigger for each shot.

Note that such a feature is hardly limited to the M9, which certainly has its faults, though the presence of a disconnector safety is hardly one of them. It's one of the safety features of the earlier M1911A1 .45 autopistol as well, which, by the way can also be slapped in the muzzle to prevent it's firing, unless, of course, the shooter simply pulls his elbow back a few inches, in which case the result is a muzzle-contact .45 wound. Messy.

Been there, got the T-shirt, and had to have it professionally cleaned...repeatedly....

54 posted on 08/05/2002 12:04:31 PM PDT by archy
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