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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Tim151515, Feb 17, 2012.
What does the 80s style safety actually do?
Its supposed to prevent the gun from discharging in the case its dropped or something by blocking the firing pin unless the trigger is depressed.
Another thing it does is cause the Colt to lose value on the used market.
Series 80 guns have a firing pin block incorporated into the slide assembly. The block is in the form of a spring loaded plunger and prevents the firing pin from traveling forward under inertia should the pistol be dropped muzzle first onto a hard object, ie; ground. The plunger is pushed up and out of the way by a cam in the frame. The cam is actuated by the pressing of the trigger.
I hope I explained that correctly.
S&W uses a similar design, but its activated by the grip safety instead of the trigger.
It does what all newer pistol's firing pin safeties do. Helps prevent discharge when it's dropped or knocked against that causes the sear t0 somehow tripped and the hammer falls down.