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Any do's and don'ts of a 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Contact, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Contact

    Contact

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    I've heard from a few people that there are certain things you shouldn't do with a 1911, and I would like clarification.

    If the slide is locked back, can you damage/effect anything by sling-shotting the slide forward by just pressing the slide release down with your thumb, with no magazine or rounds in the weapon? I was told this by my girlfriends father who builds custom 1911s for competition shooters. He said there is something about doing it that way that can dull the precision lockup of the gun. I may be completely explaining this wrong, because I trust what he says over what I know about them, because I am more familiar with my glocks, and they aren't really meant to be precision match grade firearms anyways.

    Also, I've heard that the sear spring can be damaged if you hold the hammer down, pull the trigger, and then ease the hammer forward with your thumb. The reasoning behind this was that the whole mechanism is designed to work in a specific sequence, and by easing the hammer forward with your thumb, you are making it go out of order.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. willis68

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    If you slam home a slide without a loaded magazine inserted, you can severely damage a good trigger job, this I have personally seen happen on more than one occasion
     

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    Allowing the slide to slam forward on an empty chamber does abuse the gun and should be avoided - the other thing to avoid is pulling the trigger and allowing the hammer to strike the frame while cleaning the dissassembled gun. That's the time to ease the hammer forward to put a drop of oil on the hammer pin.

    Easing the hammer down will never cause problems but, failing to do so as described above will cause damage.
     
  4. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    That is a very good one that everyone forgets to mention!
     
  5. seamaster

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    Do buy one!
    Do mod it until your heart's content!

    Don't sell it no matter how strapped you are for cash!

    That's all you need to know.
     
  6. Substance-P

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    pretty good advice.
     
  7. Contact

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    I already own one. That's how I came upon these old wives tales that I have been told. The older folks started chiming in, which I always politely accept the advise, take it with a grain of salt and then try and independently verify it. :cool:
     
  8. HAIL CAESAR

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    Not drop the slide on a empty weapon. It will have a negative effect on a fine trigger job. It ain't to good on the slide stop or barrel legs either.

    Don't thumb the hammer down.

    Don't dry fire without the slide on as the hammer will whack the hell out of your frame.

    Use lube and shoot it!
     
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    Run them wet. Many people do not use nearly enough lube.

    Dry firing is OK and is recommended.

    Good magazines will often cure all sorts of gremlins.
     
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    What magazines are the best in a Kimber...Wilson, or Kimber, or ?

    I bought my first 1911(s) this week, haven't shot yet, and wanting to line up some extra mags before I get a chance to break them in. Lot's to learn...thanks.
     
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    I am partial to Wilson, but they can be pricey. Checkmates are pretty good, a little less expensive.
     
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    Don't carry in any condition but condition one.
     
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    Wilson are a good buy.
     
  14. Jason D

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    Using a piece of heavy plastic the width of a business card to depress the ball-detent while inserting the slide stop, will prevent an unsightly IDIOT mark.
     
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    Don't try to put the hammer down on a round or carry it that way. Not designed as a decocker. Cocked and Locked is how it was designed to be carried.
     
  16. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Don't paint a 1911 pink or any other pastel color.

    Uh, unless you're invited to a gay barbeque. Then, make sure your purse and shoes match. :supergrin:
     
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  18. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Serrations on the front of the slide make John Moses whirl in his grave. :supergrin:
     
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    Can we get a ruling on jeweled stainless parts?
     
  20. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    I'll need to know just how metro-sexual the barbeque is likely to be.

    You planning on shooting it or just admiring it?

    Just me, but proper pistols, rifles and shotguns have a blued finish, American walnut furniture and a minimum of doo dads.

    :wavey:
     
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