The Safety Stop is a flat, shelf-like surface on the hammer which functions as an automatic safety device. It will engage the sear in the unlikely event of primary sear notch failure. This will prevent the hammer from falling fully forward unintentionally and will insure against uncontrolled automatic fire. It also prevents the hammer from striking the firing pin should your hand slip from the slide or hammer while cocking the pistol, provided the hammer is rotated past the Safety Stop. It is located such that when the sear engages the Safety Stop, the sear can be disengaged by squeezing the trigger to allow the hammer to fall forward. The hammer will fall when you squeeze the trigger. It falls because the sear slides over the flat part of the safety stop to release the hammer. This is intentional but will not allow the pistol to fire. It will not fire because the hammer is already almost fully forward when it is released from the sear. The Safety Stop is not a manual safety and should not be engaged by hand.
PISTOL IN A SAFE DIRECTION WHEN SQUEEZING THE TRIGGER TO LOWER THE HAMMER. This will avoid accidental injury in the unlikely event of pistol discharge, but lowering the hammer in this way should be done only when the chamber is empty.
CAUTION: CONTROL HAMMER WITH YOUR THUMB AND ALWAYS POINT
This safety device prevents a round being fired before it is in the chamber with slide and barrel locked. When slide is not fully forward the Disconnector is depressed; its lower part disengages the sear, so that the hammer cannot be released if the trigger is squeezed. However, when slide and barrel are locked, a spring pushes the Disconnector up into a recess in the slide; this links trigger a and sear so that the pistol can be fired by squeezing the trigger.
JA CAUTION: NEVER ATTEMPT TO CHECK OR DEMONSTRATE THE DISCONNECTOR FUNCTION WITH A LOADED PISTOL. Pushing on the muzzle with your hand or any other portion of the body is extremely dangerous and could result in accidental discharge causing injury, death, or damage to property.
The Firing Pin, which is shorter than its housing, is held to the rear by a spring and cannot protrude through face of slide unless a hammer blow overcomes the spring force and the inertia of the pin.
The Firing Pin Lock engages the firing pin to prevent its movement until the trigger is squeezed. Housed in the slide, the Firing Pin Lock is spring loaded into engagement with the firing pin to prevent it striking the cartridge primer. Squeezing the trigger disengages the Firing Pin Lock before the sear releases the hammer to strike the firing pin and discharge the pistol. This safety device minimizes the risk of accidental discharge through mishandling such as when a
» loaded pistol is dropped or receives a blow to the muzzle.
Jl CAUTION: DO NOT CARRY YOUR PISTOL WITH THE HAMMER DOWN ON A LIVE CARTRIDGE. To do so means you must lower the hammer. To lower the hammer you must squeeze the trigger. When you squeeze the trigger you disengage the firing pin lock. This is not a safe condition. Instead, we urge you to follow the instructions in this manual. When you do, you can enjoy the safe use of your pistol.
IMPORTANT: These safety devices are designed and installed in this pistol to prevent accidental discharge. Of course, this Colt pistol is designed primarily to discharge bullets, and it will do this efficiently when it is loaded and you squeeze the trigger. Always expect the gun to fire when you squeeze the trigger.
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