Originally Posted by danf_fl
One rule is to keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
How do you get it to half cock without pulling the trigger?
IMO, that is a negligent discharge waiting to happen when a finger slips.
You don't have to have your finger on the trigger to drop the hammer to the half- cock position on the PT945. Depressing the decocking lever safely releases the hammer to that position.
I realize that Taurus doesn't recommend carrying it that way but it seems more safe to me than carrying with the hammer fully released and laying on the firing pin. There may be a built in safety to insure that the gun doesn't fire if you drop it on the hammer in the fully released position but I don't know that for sure and don't like taking the chance. Carrying uncocked with the safety engaged is not efficient. It can be done and done well if you practice enough but so can any draw. Carrying fully cocked with the safety on doesn't work for me either. It may be the way it is designed to carry but I never could. It also concerned me that trash could get in there a block the hammer. This could happen at half-cock too but the opening is much smaller.
Carrying in the half-cock position seems to be working best me and I guess I will continue until I run across a good reason not to.
Thanks for taking the time to look up the manuals warning on this.