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Old 01-23-2012, 02:34 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,
Does it hurt the gun when racking over a fully loaded magazine (and empty chamber) that was inserted when the slide was closed?

In other words, following this procedure:
-1911 slide is closed, hammer is down
-8 round magazine inserted
-slide racked to get the top round into the chamber

I'm asking this because I find it pretty rough to pull the slide over the 8 round mag when the slide is closed. When the slide is open I just have to release the slide so it's easy then.

I'm worried about damaging the extractor or something...

Thanks!

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No. That's what happens when you fire the weapon, it slides back over the loaded magazine.

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I don't see why it would . That is the way I do it with all semi-autos, long guns or handguns.

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+1, what he said. ^^^

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I have noticed the same thing on my Wilson mag. Take one round out and see if you notice a difference. I did on mine, and I felt a big difference. I have a Kimber pro carry, just for reference.

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No. That's what happens when you fire the weapon, it slides back over the loaded magazine.
That's what I thought but I wanted to make sure that there was not something I was disregarding. I find myself having to pull pretty hard to get the slide to go over 8 rounds, was worried that something inside could get broken. It's really easy when only 7 rounds are in the mag OR when I just release the slide on the 8th round.
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Last I checked, that's how you load it

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just dont let the slide slam shut on a empty chamber, as in not chambering a round. also dropping a round in the chamber and letting it slam shut can dmage the extractor.

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Thanks all, got my answer in a minute, really appreciate it! I read a comment online saying it damages the gun and my initial reaction was that the gun did it by itself when firing but better be safe than sorry on an expensive gun

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just dont let the slide slam shut on a empty chamber, as in not chambering a round. also dropping a round in the chamber and letting it slam shut can dmage the extractor.
"dropping" as in manually inserting a round in the chamber?
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"dropping" as in manually inserting a round in the chamber?
Exactly. That move forces the extractor to go over the rim of the casing and can cause the extractor to go out of tune and reduce the effectiveness to extract the casing.

Always load a 1911 from a magazine.
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