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Old 05-13-2017, 01:32 PM   #1
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So I was talking to an old time cop who mentioned how they used to have to thumb-down the hammer on their revolvers if fired in single action mode. Then he mentioned having to thumb-down the hammer on autos, including DA/SA.

Question: When did the decocker make its introduction? Which manufacturer first featured it?
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So I was talking to an old time cop who mentioned how they used to have to thumb-down the hammer on their revolvers if fired in single action mode. Then he mentioned having to thumb-down the hammer on autos, including DA/SA.

Question: When did the decocker make its introduction? Which manufacturer first featured it?
Partnership with SIG[edit]

J. P. Sauer & Sohn partnered with Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) in 1976 to the design and manufacture a new line of semi-automatic pistols branded as "SIG Sauer". The partnership was the result of Swiss restrictions on the export of firearms which prevented that company from exporting this new design concept. The design resulted from the creation at that time of a new form of industrial production equipment known as the "Automatic Screw Machine" which was introduced by SIG. While SIG had produced a very high quality handgun in their P210 model, it was a very expensive handgun to produce which required many machining operations at high levels of precision. This produced a firearm that was known for its accuracy, but was too expensive to be sold to a wide market.

Spurred by the necessity to partner with a foreign company in order to profit from their production machinery and the items it could produce SIG chose J. P. Sauer to be their partner. Together they incorporated elements on the Sauer 38H which was an advanced handgun design of the 1938 era when they had to compete with the Walther PP and Walther series of pocket pistols. The model 38H had the new feature of that time in a double/single action trigger mechanism combined with the ability to safely drop the pistol with the first decocking lever found on a handgun.[5] On firearms without a decocking lever instances of accidental discharge, often with personal injury, do occur even with the most experienced shooters.


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The Walther PP and PPK had a safety/decocker in 1929.
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