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I dont get the point of this, and I'm sure this has been asked before.......

Why would you have the ability to pull the hammer back just a tad but not be able to put the safety on? I havent tried it yet, but it seems that you could fire a round with this setup. Or is this particular Colt broken?
 

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Paveway,
The hammer is resting on the 'intercept shelf'. It is there to prevent firing should the hammer hooks suffer a catastrophic failure.
It holds the hammer low enough that insufficient force is generated to fire a round, should the trigger be pulled. I believe Colt went to this non-captive shelf, in lieu of the previous 'notch' to discourage the ill-informed from carrying on 'half-cock'.
At any rate, anytime you pull a trigger.....expect a 'BANG!!'.
 

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The S80 block also made the captive half-cock redundant, since a failing sear won't fire the gun (unless the trigger is pulled, but trigger bounce is not a problem in most cases today.)
 
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