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Do you use your hammer spur?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ithaca_deerslayer, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Here's a dumb newbie question. What is the hammer spur for on a 1911?

    There's two basic ways to carry them, right?
    1. Unchambered. Then rack slide to get ready to fire. So no need for a hammer spur.
    2. Chambered. Hammer is already back, and safety is on. So no need for a hammer spur.

    Does anybody actually uncock a 1911? Doesn't the design suggest instead to just put the safety on? And if you want unload, then pull the mag and rack the slide?

    So, why the hammer spur?
  2. dovewood


    Dec 27, 2008
    I use it to cock the pistol for dry firing

  3. Oh, hadn't thought of that :)
  4. gunsablazin


    Nov 1, 2007
    Not to suggest circumventing proper gun handling safety, but I use mine as a loaded chamber indicator. If the hammer is back and the safety is on, the pistol is loaded and ready to go. If the hammer is down the chamber is empty.
  5. You can also use it to recock the gun in the case of a hard primer not firing the first time. I use it to put the hammer down on occasion.
    I use it while stripping the weapon. (putting hammer in the right position)
    Some people like to carry a series 80 with the hammer down and cock it as needed.
    Plus it would look funny without it.
  6. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

    May 27, 1999
    Oh, USA
    Only when it is unloaded and I have been working on it. If it didn't look so jarring I could easily go with one of the spurless speed hammers on a 1911.

    I have no reason to lower the hammer on a 1911.
  7. flynlead


    Jan 2, 2010
    don't some of them have a half cocked position?
  8. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    yep, all of them.
  9. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    They all do.

    That's a 1911 trait, no half cock, no 1911.
  10. flynlead


    Jan 2, 2010
    That's what I thought. It's been a while since I had one but was 99% sure my old one would do that.