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.
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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.