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Old 03-16-2010, 10:09 PM   #1
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I don't have a clue! I have a Smith & Wesson stainless 1911, model #108282. In ordering parts, do I order for a 70 or 80 series? How can you tell the difference between a series?

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The S&W 1911 models use a Swartz (sic?) firing pin block. The term series 70 and series 80 are Colt specific but the term firing pin block or firing pin safety is more generic. There are 2 main types - those that operate by the trigger and those that operate by the grip safety. Basically theres a link that operates a plunger in the bottom of the slide. If you see a plunger towards the rear of the slide (near the disconnector notch) you have a firing pin block...

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Thanks, but when it comes to ordering parts, which series do I order for my Smith?

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The S&W 1911 models use a Swartz (sic?) firing pin block. The term series 70 and series 80 are Colt specific but the term firing pin block or firing pin safety is more generic. There are 2 main types - those that operate by the trigger and those that operate by the grip safety. Basically theres a link that operates a plunger in the bottom of the slide. If you see a plunger towards the rear of the slide (near the disconnector notch) you have a firing pin block...(SERIES 80)

NO PLUNGER = SERIES 70

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Again, series 70 and series 80 are terms applicable only to a Colt. S&W, Kimber, and the other manufacturers use their own terms. Most of the parts are the same. Firing pins are different though.

Again, your S&W has an FPB so you could say it's a series 80 but that is not technically correct. Depending on what parts you're buying, I'd call and ask if they fit a S&W 1911. Or list them here, I've owned 2 of that particular model.

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The S&W 1911 models use a Swartz (sic?) firing pin block. The term series 70 and series 80 are Colt specific but the term firing pin block or firing pin safety is more generic. There are 2 main types - those that operate by the trigger and those that operate by the grip safety. Basically theres a link that operates a plunger in the bottom of the slide. If you see a plunger towards the rear of the slide (near the disconnector notch) you have a firing pin block...(SERIES 80)

NO PLUNGER = SERIES 70
GOOD LORD, CANE! Hit me again and I'll cry.

Tell me; where is the section for those of us who are new to 1911's, and don't profess to be intelligent on the subject.
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Good question and a great answer.

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Glock?..........GLOCK!?!

That's just plain low, Cane, low !

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Glock?..........GLOCK!?!

That's just plain low, Cane, low !
Low...Yes, but damn accurate...
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