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Posted: 3/10/2006 9:05:46 PM EDT
I have no idea what this is. Can someone explain? Thanks!

Link Posted: 3/10/2006 9:10:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 9:14:22 PM EDT
It is a safety mechanism in a semi-auto pistol that prevents the weapon from being fired without a magazine (full or empty) being inserted into the mag well. Smith & Wesson pistols have them, as well as the Browning Hi-Power.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 2:02:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2006 11:40:33 AM EDT by pfccypret]
Some police officers like them, because if you are in a fight for your gun, hitting the mag release is a quick way to disable the gun.

I've never been fond of them myself, but I can understand the argument.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 7:34:28 AM EDT

What is magazine disconnect?

A nuisance.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 2:42:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mic214:
Smith & Wesson pistols have them.



Some do and some don't! Half of mine do not.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 6:41:51 PM EDT
If Glock had it, the professional enough DEA agent would never had the glorious chance to have become a celebrity.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 9:03:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Graziani:
If Glock had it, the professional enough DEA agent would never had the glorious chance to have become a celebrity.



Yes he would have. He didn't remove the magazine from his weapon when he "cleared" it. When he released the slide, it simply chambered another round from the still inserted magazine. Hence when he pulled the trigger, the weapon discharged.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 9:17:51 PM EDT
Wow.. Thank for the information guys!
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 9:38:06 PM EDT
Isn't tthe term "magazine disconnect" also used to describe the lever on an 1903 Springfield rifle.

When activated, it prevents the rounds in the magazine from feeding during bolt cycling. It turns it into a single shot rifle, reserving the rounds in the magazine in case the Jerries are trying to overwhelm your position and you get into close quarters or rapid fire.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:11:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Srigs:

Originally Posted By mic214:
Smith & Wesson pistols have them.



Some do and some don't! Half of mine do not.



Which ones don't? I haven't handled a Smith lately......is that a recent change?
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:15:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:40:25 AM EDT
I have heard that S&W did make some runs without the magazine disconnect for some L.E. agencies, but I did not know that they offered them that way for the general public.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 7:28:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2006 7:29:02 AM EDT by SSeric02]

Originally Posted By mic214:
I have heard that S&W did make some runs without the magazine disconnect for some L.E. agencies, but I did not know that they offered them that way for the general public.



From what I've read, the new S&W M&P will have the magazine disconnect and lock for all civilian sales, but these will be optional for govt/LE sales. A shame too. I was very hopeful about that pistol. Although, I'm sure someone will figure out how to remove it as with the Browning Hi Power.

I consider the magazine disconnect a to be a tactical disadvantage. If when performing a tactical reload, it is always advantageous to be able to fire the round in the chamber while you are in-between magazines. YMMV.
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