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Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by Fat_Rat, Jan 31, 2011.
Hey Guys! Is it possible for the P-3AT to accidentally discharge if it is dropped?
I would say very unlikely.
The simple answer would be yes it is possible but like haughrdr just posted "very unlikely". So unlikely, IMHO, that if your gun is about to drop/slip you'd be safer letting it fall than trying to catch the gun.
The P3AT has a hammer block, which holds the hammer away from the firing pin UNLESS the trigger is pulled. It will not fire if dropped. I don't think you could drop it hard enough to overcome the firing pin spring. The Ruger LCP did have a recall related to possible AD when dropped. Perhaps you are thinking of that?
+1, and got that T-Shirt. I dropped mine loaded and no AD. Stupid arm surgery......
No, due to the hammer block, it won't drop fire - at least not from a height of 10 feet.
At various times, I have dropped a P11, P32, PF9, and a P3AT on to hard surfaces. A round was in the chamber each time, yet no accidental discharges took place. Yes, I know I am a klutz. The point is that Kel Tec, as well as most all other firearm manufacturers, have engineered their products to only fire when the trigger is pulled through it's full stroke. If we all just follow the basic rules of firearm safety, we won't have any real trouble.
Excellent question and great replies. Maybe needs to be a sticky.
The only pistol I have that will do that is the Phoenix Raven .25 that has a very weak striker fired mechanism. A tiny lug is all that hold the striker. Can't be carried safely with a round in the chamber since then it's "cocked". The tigger 'safety' is a joke. But I kept the Raven since it's a pretty, nickle plated little pistol, just to look at.
Man, you guys are way off base. Dont' you watch any tv? Never been to a movie theater? EVERY dropped gun fires. Not only fires, but that round always KILLS a minor charature. So even an anemic round like a .380 is more potent when drop-fired. The added momentum of the gun droping before fireing adds energy to the round, just like spinnig the gun will curve the flight of the bullet.
Dropped mine on concrete while trying to get the kids in the car last weekend...no discharge thank God!
Certainly earned my trust...
You probably shouldn't load them into the car at gunpoint. Where were they going, dentist?
That's funny! ;D ;D ;D ;D