Hey, the CZ-82 post got me thinking that I have a base of people to ask this question to.
The CZ-82, and the early models of CZ-75 are DA/SA guns that don’t have decocking safeties.
Now this has a good thing. The ’82/83 and ’75 have hammer-block safeties, meaning you can carry the gun condition 1 with the hammer back, a round in the chamber, and the safety on. (Like a 1911 is carried)
Or Condition 2, with the hammer down, with a round in the chamber. In this condition the safety is non-functional. Essentially this is similar to how you would carry a GLOCK, an, M&P, or a SIG Sauer, among many other guns that have a double-action type trigger and no manual safety.
Now this is GREAT because unlike the other guns mentioned, it gives you the CHOICE to carry in Single-action-only, OR DA/SA, vs. say 1911s and Hi-Powers where its Cocked-and-locked or Bust, or Guns like traditional SIGs, or the Walther P99, or some Modern CZ-75s, with no manual safety you REALLY need to hit that decocker before you holster.
Also guns like the Beretta 92, the Walther p99, or Makarov, among many others with decocking safeties you have the option to carried hammer down with the safety on, or off. But there’s always the chance that the safety might get bumped on, if you wish to carry decocked but with the safety off.
Further the in-betweens, like some H&Ks or FNH P-series, where up is “Safe” and down is decock, you have the risk of everything going odd…like the safety getting kicked on, or swiping the safety off with so much authority that the gun decocks.
So yeah I’m a fan of them in this sense…tho my preferred guns for carry are, in the following order: S&W1911Sc, Kahr PM45, and S&W 642. Yeah, I don’t need a choice that bad, I really prefer DAO or SAO.
OK that being said one thing I’m paranoid about carrying these types of guns is if you wand it to be DA/SA. This means to carry you need to load a live round, and with the safety off pull the trigger, and prevent the hammer from falling with force with your off-hand. Further once the gun is loaded to do a press-check you really need to cock the hammer, check the chamber then manually decock the gun again.
This is no big deal if everything goes right, and when I shoot my CZ-82 at the range, I often drop the hammer to shoot it DA, and I’ve done this dozens of time without incident.
But if something goes wrong, you’re going to have an ND.
Personally I’d get a bucket of sand or soil (only takes about 8″ of sand to stop most bullets) and point my gun at that bucket every time I manipulated the hammer.
What do you think?