Colt 1911 slide stuck...with a live round in the chamber


April 7, 2010, 02:02 PM
I'm really hoping somebody can help me.

The slide of my Colt GCNM has jammed and I only have about 150 thousandths of an inch in movement. Worst of all there is a live round in the chamber :uhoh:

I was checking to ensure it cycled properly(couldn't find my dummy rounds so decided to use an idiot :banghead: )

I can neither move it forward nor rearward past the points shown in the photos below

I thought about removing the grips, main spring housing but with the safety lock where it is it will be impossible to move.

I cannot get the hammer to fall either not even to the half cocked position, I wanted to carefully lower it rather than have it cocked - it won't drop despite having all the safeties disengaged.

I'm thinking the plunger lever is perhaps raised preventing the slide from moving rearward...I don't understand why it won't move completely forward/go completely into battery though :confused: ( ( (

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April 7, 2010, 02:11 PM
You have a defective round stuck in the chamber.

The only way to get it out is with more force then you can get yanking on the slide.

What you need to do is place the bottom edge of the slide against a solid wood bench top or deck post the give the grip a firm push or whack with the palm of your hand to pop it open and eject the round.

Leave room for the barrel to come out of the slide or it will not work.


April 7, 2010, 02:21 PM
Remove Magazine if present...

Depress the front Bushing 'Button', rotate and remove the Bushing and Spring...Keep finger away from hand hold the Pistol with thumb on the grip safety, and, fingers on top the slide pulling back, and, with lower meaty partion of one's other hand, low palm of hand, hit the front of the Slide 'back'...should disengauge, free up, eject.

Swollen Cartridge, or debris or Lead on the Cartridge lip can cause a jam of this sort...the extractor is holding the Slide where it is, Slide is unable to chamber the round, unable to to eject...round stuck partially chambered.

Dowel Rod may work also, through the Barrel, for tapping the stuck round 'back'...light taps...should do it.

April 7, 2010, 02:39 PM
:D Fixed :D

Thank both of you gentlemen for your replies.

I took out the barrel bushing and recoil spring plug/recoil spring.

I tried to use the bench and my weight pressing down - no luck so took a rubber hammer and with the first strike the slide came back and the case came out.

Indeed the rim of the case was deformed slightly.

Overjoyed :D


April 7, 2010, 02:39 PM
I would never suggest someone introduce a barrel obstruction dowel rod down a loaded barrel and pound on it.

For that matter, I wouldn't suggest beating on the muzzle of a loaded gun with the meaty portion of your hand either.

Just hook the bottom of the slide against a bench, wood deck post or something and push real hard and it will open it with no chance of injury.
Even if it did go off.


April 7, 2010, 07:05 PM

Cleared a couple of these at the range using above method.

Ohio Gun Guy
April 7, 2010, 07:16 PM
We should have a game of stump THR. I dont thing much gets past the collective knowledge here.

Good work!

Nowhere Man
April 7, 2010, 07:19 PM
I've used the edge of a bench or table against the slide port and pushed down.


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