German gun maker HK designed the P7 series late in the 1970’s, and is unique in that the gun is cocked by squeezing the grip. Most semi-automatic handguns are cocked by working the slide, or by a long trigger pull. But by putting a squeeze lever on the front of the grip, HK was able to give the P7 a super light and crisp trigger, and avoid the need for any external safeties.
When you squeeze the grip, you can fire, and when you release the grip, it decocks the gun, and it will not fire.
Because of the gun’s unique action, it is one of those types that galvanize gun owners – they either love it, or hate it. And after 25 years of production, HK is reportedly pulling the gun from production, causing much consternation among fans.
Which is why I’m happy to have found that forum – it’s full of good information about the great P7.