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storing decocked kinda

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tango3065, Nov 16, 2006.

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  1. tango3065

    tango3065 Member

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    I have a cz40p with a decocker but unlike most decockers CZ's don't fully decock, it actually lowers the hammer to almost a half cock position but not hardly that far back. My question is if I leave it stored this way for HD how much strain am I actually putting on the springs since its decocked and the hammer is just barely being held back?

    BTW I am guessing it won't put near as much strain on this gun as it would others that don't decock such as a 1911 but I want to be sure and don't want to end up with worn springs from being stored with it ready to go.
     
  2. MS .45

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    I was wondering the same thing with my P-01. I imagine that since it is designed to be carried that way it should be fine. Maybe someone more knowledgable with chime in.
     
  3. Ron James

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    Good quality springs don't wear out from being stored compressed. They wear out from use, being compressed over and over.
     
  4. tango3065

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    been argued on here several times but never really been proven, also if you think about it they would have to start taking a set after time.
     
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    Why?
     
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    Carry half cock, decock fully on EMPTY chamber manually for storage, and to avoidany spring problems, take it shooting often. All good.:)
     
  7. Steve C

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    I think what you are seeing is typical of decocking pistols like the Sig's. The hammer doesn't rest against the back of the slide but is instead retained a little back by the hammer block. This prevents the hammer from resting on the firing pin.

    If you drop the hammer on an emply chamber where it is resting against the slide and it stays there, you may find that the hammer will need to be brought back to the position you describe for the trigger to reset so it can be pulled for the next shot. When firing the hammer is brought back by the cycling of the slide so its something that isn't an issue most of the time.

    When you decock the pistol the hammer should be at rest. This is the position it would normally be carried at. It is highly unlikely you could wear out the springs leaving it in the decocked postition in your lifetime. If however, after 20 or 30 years you find the springs are loosing some of their strength then simply replace them.
     
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