Hammer in Notch
If these revolvers are to be carried loaded, certain precautions must be observed in the interest of safety. (These precautions apply to all the older types of revolvers.) Load only five chambers, placing the hammer down on the empty and uncapped chamber, or with the hammer resting in a safety recess between chambers.
The gun should never be carried with the hammer resting on a percussion cap. Under such circumstances, a light accidental blow on the hammer can readily cause the gun to discharge.
The half-cock loading notch provides only partial security from accidental discharge. If damaged, as it may be by "fanning", it offers no security. Never depend upon this or any other mechanical device to justify careless handling of any firearm. "Fanning" is unsafe for you and abusive to your revolver.
NEVER PUT THE HAMMER DOWN ON A CAPPED OR LOADED CHAMBER.
To fire the revolver, the hammer must first be manually cocked. When cocking the hammer, have a firm hold on the grip with the shooting hand, and DO NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER WHILE COCKING THE HAMMER. TOUCH THE TRIGGER ONLY WHEN YOU ARE READY TO FIRE. With the fore portion of your thumb firmly on the hammer spur, draw the hammer fully to the rear until it stops. Then permit the hammer to move forward (it will only move slightly) until the trigger engages in the hammer at full cock.
Was this article helpful?