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Old 01-23-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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I was in my LGS today just browsing and decided to look at an ed brown customized 1911. So the worker hands it to me and said not to cock the hammer back with my hand or to let the hammer down with my hand just pull the slide back and dry fire it if I was going to do anything. He told me that cocking the hammer or releasing it with your hand was bad on it.

I've never heard this and was wanting some insight on the matter so if you know why this is bad on it please tell me why and what its bad on. Thanks.

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Allowing the slide to slam forward without chambering a round could cause sear bounce and could ruin a great trigger job.

Cocking the hammer with the thumb is not as violent and, as far as I've experienced, causes no damage.

If what the clerk said was true, I would think that Bill at Cylinder and Slide would mention that.
http://www.cylinder-slide.com/1911safetyck.shtml

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I was in my LGS today just browsing and decided to look at an ed brown customized 1911. So the worker hands it to me and said not to cock the hammer back with my hand or to let the hammer down with my hand just pull the slide back and dry fire it if I was going to do anything. He told me that cocking the hammer or releasing it with your hand was bad on it.

I've never heard this and was wanting some insight on the matter so if you know why this is bad on it please tell me why and what its bad on. Thanks.
Hmmmm, you should of ask him what he would tell a person carrying this gun with a round in the chamber and the hammer down?

One would need to cock the hammer in order to fire the weapon.
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This has to be utter bull spit. I can see no reason why thumb cocking or letting the hammer down would cause any damage. At all.

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Hey, on the other side of that coin, using the slide to pull the hammer will wear the finish where the two meet.

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That's the craziest thing I've heard. If it was true I have a bunch of messed up 1911's here....

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uh oh, well shyte, all my 1911's are FUBARed now!

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Hmmmm, you should of ask him what he would tell a person carrying this gun with a round in the chamber and the hammer down?

One would need to cock the hammer in order to fire the weapon.

That is not a safe way to carry a 1911. They should be either empty chamber or cocked and locked. It is dangerous to lower the hammer on a live round. It is also dangerous to cock the hammer over a live round. Both are because your thumb could slip off the hammer and cause a negligent discharge.
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