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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Tim151515, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Tim151515

    Tim151515 iHeartGuns

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    What does the 80s style safety actually do? :dunno:
     
  2. bac1023

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    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.
     

  3. bac1023

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    Another thing it does is cause the Colt to lose value on the used market. :animlol:
     
  4. Bodyarmorguy

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    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.
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  5. bac1023

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    S&W uses a similar design, but its activated by the grip safety instead of the trigger.
     
  6. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    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.