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For those of you that own SIGs, is Variant 3 similar to the SIG actions?
Looks like V1 you can pull the hammer back and have the Safety on,
and have the Control Lever/Safety used as a Decocker. I'm used to SIGs
with the first round being DA, then all subsequent rounds SA, then Decocking
and holstering. Am I on the right track?

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Correct. V3 has no manual safety, and can be shot DA and then SA, or thumbed to SA without the ability to use the safety. It is the closest match to the Sig manual of arms.
 

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Yep, V3 (an $8 detent plate) is DA/SA with a decocker. If you're required to carry DA/SA this is the one to get as there's no redundant safety getting in the way.

The problem with a safety is even if you never engage it you have to disengage it during the draw stroke. Carrying with the safety off makes sense with an HK V1 but Mr. Murphy will have engaged the safety that one time you really need it off. You have to confirm every time regardless. It will probably never happen on the range or in training, that's Murphy's style. It will only happen during a moment of crisis and you'll have a (perhaps) fatal brain cramp when the pistol doesn't fire.

The SIG system eliminates this. As does HK V3 (or V4). And the very hard to find Beretta M92G (Gendarmerie -- police) model. Note the SIG system was developed (or at least submitted) for the late 1970s German police pistol trials which specified the pistol had to be capable of being safely carried with a round in the chamber, drawn and fired merely by pressing the trigger. No safety levers or dinguses to depress first. Three designs were approved: P5 (Walther), P6 (SIG) and HK (P7).

Changing the detent plate takes less time than reading this note. The V3 lever is blank but there is no need to change the lever; just ignore the markings or paint them out, the lever won't go up to safe.

-- Chuck
 
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