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New to 1911. What am I doing wrong?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by rattfink1, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. rattfink1

    rattfink1 .. I ate WHAT!!

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    I recently bought a Springfield Micro Compact. This is my first venture to 1911, I have been a Glock guy for years now. I figured everyone needs a 1911 in the collection. Took it to the range to break it in. It completely tore up my hand. I muscled through it because I wanted to get comfortable with it for carry and get it fully broke in. What am I doing wrong?
     

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  2. farscott

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    You are getting hammer bit because you have large hands. You are not doing anything wrong.

    There are two fixes:

    1) Trim the hammer spur so it does not dig into your hand.

    2) Have a beavertail grip safety fit to the gun as well as trimming the hammer spur or fitting a rowel hammer.
     
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  3. okie

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    This:thumbsup:
     
  4. Quack

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    welcome to the wonderful world of 1911's :supergrin:
     
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  7. Tactical black

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    That looks like ketchup :rofl::rofl:
     
  8. pistolwrench

    pistolwrench Dremel jockey

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    I have 'tough blood'.

    :rofl:
     
  9. farscott

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    Mr. Rogers,

    Is "hammer bite" also caused by part of the hand being caught between the grip safety tangs and the hammer? If so, can the grip safety itself be modified to eliminate hammer bite?
     
  10. pistolwrench

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    True 'hammer bite' is flesh being pinched between the bottom of the hammer and the top of the grip safety. This is uncommon.
    Mostly what happens is the bottom of the grip safety tang is driven into the web of your hand under recoil. This is most prevalent with a high grip and an attempt to control muzzle rise.
    The lower portion of the grip safety can be radiused to make it more 'flesh friendly', but this does not cure the hurt for me.
    A 'beavertail' type grip safety is the answer. Most of the 'drop-in' models work fine.

    And my dad was Mr. Rogers. I'm Chuck.
    :cool:
     
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  12. farscott

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    Chuck,

    Thanks for the informative response.
     
  13. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

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    It's just a flesh wound. :rofl:
     
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    WINNER! :number1:
     
  16. glock2740

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    :rofl:That's funny. Heinz or Hunt's? :rofl:
     
  17. Shortimer

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    You need some fries with that hammer bite?
     
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