Safety Issue: Decocking a .45ACP 1911A1

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by ACRhino, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. ACRhino

    ACRhino New Member

    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?
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    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.

  3. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    yes. working as intended.
  4. ACRhino

    ACRhino New Member


    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.
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    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.