Self Defense Training Articles
Design Of The 1911
A 1911 utilizes a sear to engage the hammer spur. This means two little metal points interact to create a clean break of the trigger. If one of those points breaks the hammer has a secondary slot called a half cock that should catch before it engages the firing pin. Theoretically this could break and cause a hammer to go forward without pressing the trigger and discharge the firearm. I have never actually heard of or seen that happen which is why it is a theoretical problem. The half cock generally stops the hammer going forward and so too does the safety.
The gun is actually more likely to enter into a full auto mode with the hammer falling forward every time the slide moves forward and engaging out of battery. The sear is hardened steel and is incredibly tough but when the slide is dropped on an empty chamber the sear hits the hammer with substantially more force than if the chamber were loaded. Beyond that we have the slamming of barrel lugs, lock up pins etc. taking added abuse without a round slowing the forward momentum. Any of these components can fail as well, rendering the gun unusable and sometimes non repairable.
Glocks & Other Pistols
The fact is that it benefits no one to do it and could possibly cause issues even if the chances are remote. You gain nothing from doing it and certainly risk a lot. So what is the risk to reward ratio? Ultimately someone will chime in with the statement earlier about doing this 1000's of times with no issues.
A few notes on that: 1st I've been in my car 1000 times with no problems but I still wear a seatbelt. That argument is flawed and immature logic. Secondly, when you did this in the Marines you had service pistols and armorers. Guns were built to loose tolerances with someone ready to fix it on the taxpayers dime. What you did not have was a highly tuned custom 1911 that cost $1000's and the sear engagement is refined and polished.
I won't go so far as to state that dropping the slide makes you an amateur because it simply does not. I will say that I no longer do it on any pistol and I cringe whenever I see it. Will it result in an issue with your pistol the truth is probably not... But remember when you are betting your life on something 'probably' isn't good enough particularly when there's no benefit to the sacrifice made.
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Amandalyn has spent her professional career doing a little bit of everything from being a licensed real estate agent, to a Private Investigator. Currently she operates, along with her husband, Timberline Security Solutions LLC to train civilians, military and police officers for the battle they may one day face. Together with Mackay they work as Private Investigators and conduct executive level protection details.