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  • This travel disengages the automatic firing-pin lock, or otherwise called the safety intercept notch.

    Matthew Yglesias » Oscar Grant

  • # De-cocking Lever – This is the only way to safely de-cock the firearm, and the automatic firing-pin lock stays engaged during this process.

    Matthew Yglesias » Oscar Grant

  • The trigger clicked, the firing-pin nicked the cartridge — and stopped.

    The Day Kennedy Died

  • In place of the Mauser's slow, jarring firing-pin fall, the Model 70's was very fast and smooth.

    The 50 Best Guns of All Time

  • The firing-pin fell on the empty chamber with a futile click, and the two men stared at each other across the gravel beach, both with their weapons levelled.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • Mad about that delectable little bouncer Angie Coutts, despot of a country abounding with the juiciest of dusky flashtails just itching for him to exercise the droit de seigneur, and there he was with a broken firing-pin.

    Flashman's Lady

  • "Here, is the ejector," throwing the chamber out, "it holds six shots, you see: but you never put a cartridge under the firing-pin, because, if anything strikes the trigger, it's likely to be discharged."

    In Her Own Right

  • He took it from her and pointed out where it had been dented by the firing-pin.

    Hidden Gold

  • The gasp he uttered from his closing throat seemed to act like the fall of a firing-pin against

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921

  • He pulled the trigger and, at the sharp metallic click with which the hammer descended upon the firing-pin, the brute seized the rabbit between its wide, blunt jaws and bounded away in long leaps.

    The Promise A Tale of the Great Northwest


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  • "Once lowered by the trigger, the sear released the cocked spring inside the bolt, which, extended to its full length, released the firing-pin. The impact ignited the shell's primer charge. Then the cordite exploded."

    --David Macfarlane, The Danger Tree, 268

    May 13, 2008