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?