GUN How do you decock a loaded revolver?

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  1. Jago

    Jago It helps if you hit it.

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    I'm new to revolvers and I just bought a Taurus today. Once you cock back the hammer putting the revolver into single action, if you decide not to shoot and decock the hammer, what is the proper/safe way of doing it? I haven't even loaded the gun yet, I want to get the operation down before I take it to the range. The manual does not talk about decocking it.

    So far from what I've figured out, if you hold the hammer down and pull the trigger, then slowly let go of the hammer, it will decock it. I don't think this is the correct way to decock it though. Can anyone enlighten me?
     
  2. daviid

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    thats how i do it, but my safety blocks the hammer from hitting the firing pin incase my thumb slips
     
  3. krott5333

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    pop open the cylinder and then let the hammer down :dunno:
     
  4. eWRXshun

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    yeah but ride it down w/ the cylinder open. don't just dry fire it.
     
  5. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Revolvers have a state called "half-cock". You can see it - when the hammer is all the way down, pull it back very slowly - after about 1/4" of travel (give or take), you'll hear and feel a tiny *click*. If you release the hammer, you'll see that it doesn't go all the way down and can't make contact with the bullet.

    That's how you want to carry a loaded revolver. When the hammer is fully cocked, press it down, pull the trigger, lower the hammer slowly (DO NOT let go of it!), release the trigger, and continue lowering the hammer until it stops. It will stop at half-cock.
     
  6. soccaian

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    i vote for popping the cylinder out and riding the hammer down.
     
  7. 01_Cruiser

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    i just hang onto the hammer, pull the trigger, and let the hammer slowly down. Not exactly the best way, but so far i havent put a hole in my foot yet :o
     
  8. johan

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    Hold the firearm as you normally would, trigger with your trigger finger. With the thumb from your OTHER hand on the hammer, slowly lower the hammer. You have better control if you use your firing hand for gripping the firearm securely, and the thumb from your other hand.
     
  9. TL1000RSquid

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    :werd: I just point it in a safe direction while doing it .357 in the foot would suck :o
     
  10. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Only while you're lowering the hammer, RELEASE THE TRIGGER. If you don't, the hammer can fire the round in the chamber. Half-cock is there for a reason. Use it.
     
  11. Fidel Castro

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    Ive always just let the hammer down slowly
     
  12. Painkiller

    Painkiller The Synarchy of Molten Bones

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    If it has a firing pin block or a internal hammer don't it's unsafe. IF it has a external hammer you can.
     
  13. alverino03

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    One of my professors was decocking his .357 and fired a round off. There was a break-in in his place and he called the cops. Long story short, the cops came, and as he was decocking his gun... he fired a round off and all the cops ducked for cover. :rofl:
     
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    Thats how i do it I hold hammer squeeze trigger start riding hammer down release trigger ride it down till it stops
     
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    :rofl: lucky the cops didnt get trigger happy
     
  16. mrchibai

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    I've tried decocking the gun with a round chambered. I tried hella times to release it hella slow. Always fired off the round. Now the best way I know my buddy taught me: Take out the round and put a cigarette butt where the hammer hits. Then just pull the trigger like normal.
     
  17. Joe_Cool

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    Which is exactly why you need to release the trigger. :uh:
     
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    I forsee alot of blown off toes because of the advice given in this thread.
     
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    :eek4: I've never fired off a round doing it, your doing something wrong what kind of revolver is it?
     
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    Not all have this feature. The S&W 686 (very popular 357) does not have a "half-cocked" position.

    Also, to the person that mentioned it, at least on the 686, you cannot open the cylinder while the hammer is cocked. The correct procedure is to:

    1) with your non-shooting hand, grab the frame in such a way that your thumb is between the hammer and the frame.
    2) Place the thumb of your trigger hand on the hammer to hold it in place
    3) Pull the trigger and allow the hammer to travel up a bit
    4) Release the trigger
    5) Move your non-shooting hand thumb out of the way and
    6) allow the hammer to move all the way forward.

    Like you said in your other post when the trigger is release the safety bar will move up preventing the hammer from traveling all the way home and firing a round.
     
  21. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Weird. My brother used to have a 686, and I could have sworn it did. But now that I think about it, I realize you're right. Releasing the trigger raises the hammer slightly and blocks it, which is of course not the same thing.

    But at any rate, like you said, releasing the trigger operates the safety feature (safety bar blocking the firing pin, half-cock, etc) on every gun I've ever fired that has an external hammer.
     
  22. krott5333

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    just unload it into a liberal
     
  23. blindarrow

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    That's the most ghetto thing I've ever heard of..

    Trigger finger on trigger, thumb of other hand pulling back on hammer.. once it releases, LET OFF THE TRIGGER and slowly allow the hammer back down. For added safety, slip your thumb in between if you wish.. at least that way, you'll just have a smashed thumb.
     
  24. EvilSS

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    This is why you need to practice while the gun is UNLOADED.

    As for the cigarette butt stuff, you should always do that with the gun pointed at your buddy's foot. That way when it fails he'll be the second one to know. That's a terrible method to decock a revolver (or any external-hammer pistol for that matter)
     
  25. 2L Bunny

    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    What about just always fire the damn thing double action. Unless you're hunting or bullseye shooting I see no time when you'll want to cock the hammer to shoot. Self defense...practice double action.
     

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