If you have an empty magazine in the gun and pull the slide back it should lock and stay there until you hit the release lever. Or you can put in a loaded magazine and pulling the slide back and release or again hit the release lever. Only the release lever releases the slide with an empty magazine. The only thing I can think of with the hammer locking half way back is the trigger lock in on. I don't ever use it so I'm not certain about this. 1911M will surely know.Hey, i just picked up my gun today,
This is my first semi-auto handgun, and i had 2 questions,
when i pull the slide back, it automatically locks back against the slide release lever, i thought on semi autos if you lock the slide back there were 2 ways to release it, 1 depress the release lever, or 2 pull the slide backward and the lock will fall and you can just let go of the slide, which doesn't happen with the p22, the slide lock is on a spring that keeps it pushed up, is that normal
also i noticed that if the hammer is down, and you begin to pull the trigger, the hammer will lock back in like a "half cock" mode, ive never heard anyone talk about this, what is this position for?