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Old 07-25-2006, 01:39 AM   #1
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By request:



The slide is the main part on top that you pull back and release, to chamber a round.



The magazine (sometimes erronously called a clip) fits in the handle on most models and hold the shells.



The hammer is what strikes the firing pin, which in turn strikes the primer on the cartridge and sets off the main charge of gunpowder, sending the bullet down the barrel.



The trigger activates the hammer.



The safety, on pistols so equipped, deactivates the trigger, rendering the firearm more safe. However, it is not a substitute for using your brain.



Feel free to ask basic questions about the anatomy of the semi-automatic pistol in this thread.



For further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pistol



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The trigger activates the trigger.



Doesn't the trigger activate the hammer, or striker?
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touche



though technically, it activates the sear, or trigger bar, or lever, etc...which ultimately activates ..yes, the hammer (or striker)
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Ooops! Well, at least I know someone is reading this!



Correcting now...



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When I write about guns I sometimes get the 2 mixed up but I feel the people here know what I mean. This goes along with some of my spelling. I see and do the spelling thing all of the time.
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