Grip Safety

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Mr. Bluesky, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    I decided to put this in Semi Auto, as I figured the 1911 and XD grip safeties might work differently.

    How exactly does a grip safety work? I've noticed that you can't manually pull back the slide of an XDm without holding down the grip safety, but that doesn't seem like it would stop the gun from firing, just turn it into a single-shot weapon. Is there something else at work, or can the gun simply not fire without the slide moving? Does the 1911-style grip safety work the same way?
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Not sure how tupperware does it but this is how John Moses Browning designed the grip safety:

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    The grip safety blocks the trigger from being pulled.
     

  3. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    Can you pull back the slide of a 1911 without pressing the grip safety?
     
  4. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Yes, but you must move thumb safety to fire. Thumb safety locks the slide when on safe.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I dont have a nice picture like cane the XD is not as complicated. It simply moves a stop. The XD is actually a very simple machine which IMO is one of the advantages to the striker fired weapons.
     
  6. NYPD13

    NYPD13 New Member

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    Just looked at my XDM and it's really not that complicated. It appears to press up against the bottom of the sear to prevent it from dropping and releasing the striker. When depressed it cams back and allows both the sear and trigger bar to drop. Since the trigger bar cannot travel without the grip safety engaged, a small hump on the bar sits in a recess in the slide which prevents you from racking the slide as well as trigger. Looks less complicated then my 1911.
     
  7. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    Ah, thank you. I assumed something else was at work, just didn't know what.