Course Outline

Pivot Safety (Thumb Safety)

  • Found on some semi-automatic pistols
  • A pivoting lever or tab that blocks the trigger or firing pin
  • Located on the frame (blocks trigger) or on the slide (blocks firing pin)
Pivot safety
Pivot Safety on the Slide of a Semi-Automatic Handgun

Grip Safety

  • Another safety found on some semi-automatic pistols
  • A bar that blocks firing until you grip the gun and compress the safety
  • Located on the grip
Grip safety
Grip Safety on a Semi-Automatic Handgun

Half-Cock or Hammer Safety

  • Common on single-action revolvers
  • Positions the trigger at half-cock, away from the firing pin
  • Engaged by placing the trigger at half-cock
  • While not a true safety, it sometimes is described as a mechanical safety device by firearm manufacturers
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