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  1. Crockett's carry condition on handguns

    I have been working on my Smith & Wessons (645-early, 645-INT, 6906-early) lately, doing some polishing on parts for smother action and considering spring changes. Trying to avoid grip changes to keep external authenticity of the Crockett sidearms. And I realized inside the 2nd and 3rd gen S&W autos, there is firing pin safety that only releases the firing pin under full trigger pull. I've been carrying these DA/SA in condition 2 (conditions listed below) with the de-cocker safety engaged. Given the nature of the Galco 262 shoulder holster, having the 645s fall out is a concern as the thumb snap has tricked me a few times into thinking it was fastened but was only partly. I've never had a drop tho, but an ND (negligent discharge) is a concern. However with this pin safety, I realized the hammer resting on it is not a concern like it is on a 1911. So I went back to watch a few episodes to see the condition Crockett carried in, for both the 645s and the 6906. There are several clear views of the 645 being drawn in C2 with the de-cocker off, and in Asian Cut when he pulls the 6906 and hands it to Trudy it is clearly in C2. On the S&W, this is probably the way to carry it as you really have three safeties (not counting the mag disconnect) of the DA pull of the trigger, the internal firing pin safety, and the de-cocker. The de-cocker on is redundant, as dropping it on the barrel or hammer will not move the pin out, only pulling the trigger will. Which is a bear to pull DA, so accidental trigger pull is almost impossible. I haven't used a trigger scale on mine, but I've seen them pull 12 lbs on some videos online. I don't have a Bren Ten, or a Detonics Combat Master Mark VI (yet). So I don't have any hands on experience with these. I did know that the SA Detonics was meant to be carried in either condition 1 or 2. I know from 1911s in the Army, we carried them in the GI holster in C3 at all times unless imminent combat when it is C1. But Crockett is clearly carrying the Detonics in the ankle holster in C2 in many scenes, which is a no-no on other 1911s. I looked around a little to see why the Detonics could be carried in C2 and regular 1911s not, and the only difference I could find was a stronger firing pin spring in the Detonics keeping the pin back. I went back to watch the Devo montage from Heart of Darkness for the Bren Ten prep. Crockett loads the mag, racks the slide, then pulls the trigger with his thumb on the hammer just as it cuts to Tubbs. I watched it a few times to see if he uses the slide mounted firing pin block safety when he de-cocks the hammer with the trigger. His thumb is on the part of the slide with the safety button, so it's possible it is engaged when he lowers the hammer. This seems wise, as a slip of the thumb could sink the St Vitus Dance otherwise. The one thing I can't tell on both of these is if he carries them with the on-frame thumb safety either on or off? Obviously to use the SA Detonics he has to cock the hammer first, so working the safety, which is usually used for C1, may be redundant. Since he is using the Bren Ten in C2 DA/SA, he may not have the thumb safety on with DA, as it has an internal firing pin safety like the S&Ws. Anyone notice Crockett's thumb motion on draw? Any scenes that show him using the thumb safety on either? So it seems like Crockett carries in true C2 on all his sidearms (assuming he doesn't use the thumb safety on the Bren Ten and Detonics). I was considering a spring swap on the trigger and hammer to decrease the DA pull. So when I draw and flip the de-cocker, I don't have to thumb the hammer. Just focus on front and line up rear sights then wrap finger and pull DA. But maybe I should leave the de-cocker off and just rely on the stiffer DA for safety just like Crockett? I am going to try a less stiff recoil spring to see if that improves my follow up shots either way. For those unfamiliar with Cooper's conditions: Condition 0 - round chambered, magazine in, hammer cocked, safety off (ready to fire) Condition 1 - round chambered, magazine in, hammer cocked, safety on (cocked and locked) Condition 2 - round chambered, magazine in, hammer down (DA/SA) Condition 3 - chamber clear, magazine in, hammer down (Israeli carry) Condition 4 - chamber clear, magazine out, hammer down