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ACRhino 07-21-2011 12:56 AM

Safety Issue: Decocking a .45ACP 1911A1
Odd question ... I thought the only way you could release the hammer (Not to just to discharge a round but to release the hammer from the cocked position) on a 1911A1 was to depress the grip safety, release the thumb safety, and pull the trigger.

Lets now leave our thumb safety off ...

On my 1911A1 when I cock the hammer its ready to go ... but the hammer itself doesn't sit against the beaver tail. If I use one hand .... dominant hand ... pull my hand away from the grip safety, pull the hammer back as far as I can until it hits the beaver tail, then depress the trigger ... I can lower the hammer to the full down position. THEN when I let go of the trigger, the grip safety clicks out of place back into resting position.

When cocked ... no amount of trigger pulling will disengage the hammer ... I can't get the gun to misfire ... but if I pull the hammer all the way back (not squeezing the grip safety) and press the trigger, the hammer will release.

Is that normal?

c3shooter 07-21-2011 01:06 AM

Yep. The trigger is pulled, so when you tap the beavertail, it trips the grip safety, permitting hammer to drop. Once it begins to drop, the grip safety does not stop it in mid-flight, so to speak.

JonM 07-21-2011 01:07 AM


Originally Posted by ACRhino (Post 546704)
Is that normal?

yes. working as intended.

ACRhino 07-21-2011 02:12 AM


Originally Posted by JonM (Post 546720)
yes. working as intended.

After looking at the schematics and taking a bit apart, I can see that now. I didn't know the grip safety was that sensitive.

danf_fl 07-21-2011 09:33 AM

Why would you want to put a 1911 in condition two (hammer down, round chambered)?

IMO, there should only be condition one (round chambered, hammer cocked, safety on), or condition three (no round chambered, hammer down).

Condition two (on some 1911's) is not the safest way to keep a 1911.

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