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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:31   #1
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Cocking a GBB Pistol

Why do people cock the pistol by sliding the slide back instead of depressing the hammer? Both work, but in 99% of the videos I see on youtube they choose to to pull the slide back instead using the hammer.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:32   #2
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because it looks cool ?
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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:33   #3
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Not all guns can be fully cocked by just depressing the hammer. I know that with my USP I need to actually action the slide when I'm first using the gun for the first time, and whenever the gun has been dry-fired.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:35   #4
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it also loads a new BB. without doing it you are shooting blank.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:37   #5
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Why do people cock the pistol by sliding the slide back instead of depressing the hammer? Both work, but in 99% of the videos I see on youtube they choose to to pull the slide back instead using the hammer.
You can't chamber a round by just cocking the hammer.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:40   #6
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Not all guns can be fully cocked by just depressing the hammer. I know that with my USP I need to actually action the slide when I'm first using the gun for the first time, and whenever the gun has been dry-fired.
I noticed that too, not to derail but why is that exactly? Even with one chambered, I'll take the mag out, press the trigger and then put the mag back thinking that I'll just need to pull the hammer back to fire but apperantly not...USP only?
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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:42   #7
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Some pistols like glocks have internal hammers don't they? Meaning you need to?
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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:44   #8
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I think the OP likes shooting blanks
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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:46   #9
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Why do people cock the pistol by sliding the slide back instead of depressing the hammer? Both work, but in 99% of the videos I see on youtube they choose to to pull the slide back instead using the hammer.

Single action pistols must be cocked to fire .. as pulling the trigger just releases it. Also cycling the Slide loads the chamber.

Double action pistols can be cocked by putting the trigger.. but regardless you still need to load the chamber by cycling the slide.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:52   #10
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***common gun terms are in italics***
***note: I'm not a firearms instructor...never have been, not qualified as such...the following is just my own understanding and interpretation. Do more research to validate your own interpretation.***

When you rack a slide manually it strips (picks off) a bb (or bullet for a real gun) from the top of the magazine and when it slides forward (return to battery) it chambers (puts it in a position to be fired) the round.

That action also cocks the hammer/striker (some pistols like the Glock do not have a hammer like a 1911 does).

Now if you know you have a round in the chamber, and your hammer happens to be de-cocked...then simply cocking the hammer (which sets the action) will put the pistol in a condition to fire.

But if you don't know if there's a round in the chamber, and/or there isn't one in there...then just cocking the hammer/action may not help...since a trigger pull might just end up with a failed shot (well...in airsoft gas will still be released, but no bb). Or you might have guessed right and there was a round in there....

As well...(for a real gun)...some rounds are duds. They don't shoot when they should. So you load a mag, insert mag, rack slide (chambering a round and cocking the action) and pull the trigger...and nothing happens. Well, cocking the hammer manually might be an option...then pull the trigger again to see if maybe another hammer strike sets it off...maybe, maybe not.

Doing that, when you really, really urgently need to shoot someone...is not a good situation for you to be in.

Some pistols do not have exposed hammers that can be manually cocked (e.g. glocks). Their slides MUST be racked back to set the action/striker into the firing position.

So...as a default thing to do when you:
- don't know if there is a round chambered
- "shot" a blank/experienced a "failure to fire"
is to load a new round into the chamber and try again...usually as fast as you can since the situation might be quite pressing. To do that you rack the slide and pull the trigger to fire (which is pretty quick if your brain & hands are still working).

Hope that helps,

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Old August 20th, 2009, 17:58   #11
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Thank you, that was the exact explanation I needed. I appreciate the italicized words with their corresponding definitions as well, and I now completely understand why it is necessary to rack the slide.
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