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DSK,
Thanks for the explanation -- I can see what you mean when I look at the picture more closely.
It makes me wonder about the meaning of a "fail safe" design, however. Sure, it makes it virtually impossible to touch off a round if dropped muzzle first. Some claim it's virtually impossible anyway, without the safety, unless you drop the pistol off a tall building.
But regardless of which side of that debate one subscribes to, it seems to me that a failure of the mechanism results in a blocked firing pin because it takes a positive force to unblock the firing pin. It's not "fail safe" if you're really depending on the weapon to fire.
 
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