Revolvers don’t have safety catches! I repeat …

Few things make my blood boil faster than when an otherwise competent author has one of his characters click off the safety catch of his/her revolver.
In Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’: “Modig … drew her service weapon [and] clicked off the safety catch ..[later].. she still had her service revolver in her hand“.
OK, people, I’m only going to say this once, so pay attention: some cows have 5 legs or 3 horns – it’s not unknown, but it’s very, very rare.

Webley Fosbery semi-automatic revolver

Webley Fosbery semi-automatic revolver


Some revolvers have had safety catches (the Webley Fosbery, one model of Mauser (both of those from around 100 years ago) and a special order Smith & Wesson Model 12 issued by the French Police in the late 1960s but dropped after officers started getting killed through forgetting to disengage the safety). It’s not unknown, but it’s very, very rare.
The remaining 99.99% of revolvers have no safety catch because they do not need one. Authors, please note.

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Retired law firm project manager based in Jersey, British Channel Islands. When he isn't shooting clay pigeons, he's polishing his collection of kukris or digging his vegetable patch.
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One Response to Revolvers don’t have safety catches! I repeat …

  1. Andrew says:

    Just to mention I have a Webley Mk IV .38 145/200 with a tang (not cross bolt) safety. The serial number puts it about 1940, and it is probably a commercial target model with removable (145g) front sight.

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