In the Beretta 92FS (U.S. M9), applying the safety rotates the firing pin out of the way of the hammer, blocks the firing pin, and then drops the hammer. As someone who's used to the way the M1911 operates (being able to carry it "cocked and locked"), this feature has always made me nervous. I would like to be able to carry the Beretta "cocked and locked." Doing some research on the subject, I have found that a single part is responsible for the decocking feature: the "hammer release lever." This part can easily be removed (it's held on by one transverse pin), and a spacer from the 92D model substituted. If this modification is done, the safety still rotates the firing pin out of the way and blocks it (rendering the gun safe), but the hammer remains cocked. Since the safety does not disengage the trigger, pulling the trigger when the safety is applied decocks the gun, the same as if the hammer release lever was present. Except now, applying the safety, and decocking the gun, are two separate actions. Or, the gun can be left cocked. Placing the safety on "fire" would allow you to fire the first shot single action, the same as if you had cocked it by hand with the gun in the normal configuration. Has anyone else tried this?