I've got a 9mm pistol here , PB Mc1937-1937 BREVETTATO XVI , a crown on lower grip , RE , left side of grip , K , on right side Z !
What is it..?
What is it..?
Ever hear the term "going off half cocked"? That is where it came from. Half Cocked is not a safety.I don't recommend this but you can chamber a round in a 1934 Beretta 380 and with the safety in the off (fire position), point the gun in a safe direction, squeeze the trigger just enough to lower the hammer and immediately release it to stop the hammer at the half cock position. That's the same procedure you would use to lower the hammer to half cock position on Winchester lever action rifles that pre-date tang and cross bolt safeties. I think the gun is safe to carry with the hammer on half cock with the safety in the fire position. This would make it as fast to bring into action as any modern double action semi-auto pistol. The reason I don't recommend it is that it requires very careful lowering of the hammer to half cock so that the gun doesn't accidentally discharge.
The "European" mag release is easy to use once you get use to it. My Sig P230 has it also. With one hand you can push the tab, remove the mag and load a mag with one hand in seconds. No different to doing a "tactical reload" with a button mag release.Really bad ergonomics. Poor grip angle. Mag release on the bottom. Safety is a bear. It was never meant to carry with a round in the chamber. They also made it in 22lr.