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Posted: 7/22/2003 7:28:17 AM EDT
While playing with my AR, I noticed that the tail on the disconnector is what prevents the safety from being placed on when the hammer is down. I was wondering if anyone knew the reasoning behind this design decision - was it something mandated by the military? Does the tail of the disconnector serve some purpose other than blocking the safety with the hammer down?
Link Posted: 7/22/2003 12:41:36 PM EDT
No, it's actually the trigger body itself that prevents the safety from being engaged when the hammer is down. The tail of the disconnector is engaged by a full auto selector in the M16 to provide fully automatic fire. Standard semi-auto disconnectors have a chopped-down tail, compared to the full auto part.
Link Posted: 7/22/2003 4:06:51 PM EDT
Damn, sorry for the brain fart, I swear I meant to say trigger body.
Link Posted: 7/22/2003 5:13:44 PM EDT
If the hammer could be cocked with the safety engaged then the hammer could be released with the safety engaged. Not a good thing.
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