August 30, 2011, 01:58 PM
I searched and read more than a dozen threads but none so far pertained to my question so please bear with me.
The gun: Kimber Ultra Raptor, 230gr RN hand load ammo
Problem: My big hands vs that little pistol - I've practiced the proper grip technique and I CAN shoot it properly. When under pressure tho, I tend to bump the slide stop and lock the slide back with ammo in the mag.
Solution: I never use my thumb to release the slide so I want to buy or make a flat slide stop that I won't bump when firing.
Anyone have experience with this? Would there be any issue with grinding down a slide stop so it's flatter? Can I buy one like this off the shelf?
August 30, 2011, 02:07 PM
No problem grinding it flatter.
Or, you can grind a small dimple in the back face of it, right were the spring plunger sets when the slide release is down where it belongs.
They make a special tool to do it, but you can do it just as well with a carbide burr in a Dremel tool if you are careful.
Just don't make it so deep the mag follower can't overcome it.
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August 30, 2011, 08:53 PM
See my response to Rail Driver on the same subject.
August 30, 2011, 09:37 PM
What RC says, and if you don't want to change the profile of it sometimes you can just radius the bottom edge a little and that may be enough to take care of the problem. Don't get carried away with the dimple or the mag may not lift it.
August 31, 2011, 12:57 AM
I bought and attempted to use the Brownells dimpling tool. It didn't work on the very hard slide stops in my guns. I used a 3/32 carbide burr and it worked very well.
Darken the contact area with a magic marker and work the stop a few times to get a print of the contact area then use the burr at the end of the contact track to make a very small dimple. It doesn't take much.
September 3, 2011, 12:14 AM
That dimple might help in the situation described, but it should not be necessary. Apparently it started because some makers couldn't make their slide stops right and they kept drifting out of the gun. So instead of fixing the problem, they told the customer (spelled "sucker") to dimple the slide stop to keep it in place.
A properly made slide stop will come out only at the notch in the slide (that is what it is for) and is kept down by the friction of the slide stop plunger without any dimple.
September 4, 2011, 04:50 PM
The original poster refers to his bumping of the slide stop with his thumb. He is aware that he is doing it and just wants a bit of an edge. The solution suggested will give it to him. Chances are there is nothing wrong with the design of his stop. He is operating it, even if unintentionally, and it is only doing what it was trained to do.
September 4, 2011, 04:58 PM
Apparently it started because some makers couldn't make their slide stops right and they kept drifting out of the gun.Well, I think it started before then, and not for that reason.
We were doing it on GI issue National Match guns we were building at 5th Army AMU in 1968-69-70.
Anything we could do to prevent an alibi during a match is what I was told to do to the guns when they told me to do it.
Having a slide stop lock open prematurely is a no-no on a National Match gun!