.45 acp question


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charleslee
March 16, 2009, 01:48 PM
I read that when you let the slide go back on an empty camber, it's bad for the gun. Is this correct? I do it to make sure I reaassembled it correctly. If so, I'll ease it back. Thanks!

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D-Man
March 16, 2009, 01:51 PM
Regardless of caliber, you should always try to avoid slamming the slide shut on an empty chamber.

What kind of gun do you have?

Mad Magyar
March 16, 2009, 02:04 PM
I do it to make sure I reaassembled it correctly.
What I do instead is after it's been reassembled and lubed, I just work the slide back & forth by hand making sure the lube is being spread. Wipe any excess, if any, afterwards.
In terms of what you are doing only after cleaning session, probably is inconsequential, but I wouldn't make it a habit....

rcmodel
March 16, 2009, 02:28 PM
I do it to make sure I reaassembled it correctly.Kind of odd logic to that.

If you somehow did manage to assemble it incorrectly, slamming the slide shut would be a 100% sure way to damage a sear or hammer.

If you ease the slide down, you might feel something catch or bind and could correct it before breaking it.

rc

BlindJustice
March 16, 2009, 02:28 PM
First off O.P. your wording is a bit unclear but most know
what you're asking - no it's not good for any semi-auto to relase
the slide without a magazine and a round to chamber. It allows the
slide because it isn't transferring a cartridge to travel at a higher
velocity as it goes FORWARD to return to ba Battery. Battery meaning
the chamber is closed.

If you want to test the weapon - get some snap caps. The snap caps I
have are totally black - the bullet and the case - the primer being a hard rumbber. Besides testing the feeding of rounds, it also allows safe dry fire.

You might wince at the cost of snap caps but in the long run
NOT having and using them is a false economy.

Randall

charleslee
March 17, 2009, 09:21 AM
Thank-you very much for your wise help! No more allowing the slide to slam shut & I'll follow the rest of your advice. Appreciated!

sqlbullet
March 17, 2009, 10:53 AM
Just to make sure you are clear:

Don't allow the slide to slam shut on an empty chamber.

However, when chambering a round, allowing the slide to go forward at full velocity is preferred.

It is also advisable to train without using the slide release. To release a locked open slide, grasp the slide firmly with the gun pointed (as always) in a safe direction. Pull the slide fully to the rear, and release, allowing the slide to go forward under spring tension stripping a round from the mag and chambering it.

There are two reasons this is preferred. First, it is the same manual of arms for 99% of the auto-loading pistols on the market. Second, it more closely approximates what happens when firing the weapon, giving more consistency to each round (including the first).

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