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Slide stop on Hi Power vs 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Rival, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. Rival

    Rival Well-Known Member

    I started to shoot with 1911 and got used to manually pulling back the slide instead of using the slide release lever. I was told it is better for the gun this way, less wear on the slide and the slide stop.

    The rest of the guns that I use frequently - Ruger MkII and Makarov - also have rather vulnerable slide stops and are better off when you manually release the slide by pulling it back.

    I know that Beretta 92 does not have this problem, and you can use the slide release as frequently as you want. The question is - can I use the slide release lever on Hi Power all the time, or should I do it the 1911 way - by pulling back the slide?

    What about the rest of popular handgun designs?
  2. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Rival .. as a BHP and FEG owner .. my thinking is .... do it as per 1911 ... mainly cos, same deal applies ....... repeated and frequent use of slide release will (IMO) over time ... lead to a raising of a burr on the slide notch ... slowly yeah but .. over time i think it'll happen.

    Put it this way .. pull back on slide whenever possible, instead of just slide release ... just kinder to gun I reckon.
  3. Rival

    Rival Well-Known Member

    Well, isn't there a gun that you can safely use slide release over and over again? If you have to change the slide stop every few years, it's not really a problem... It is wear on the slide that bothers me...
  4. 1911Ron

    1911Ron Well-Known Member

    If you use the slide stop as opposed to pulling the slide back and letting it go you have a better chance of a round not getting picked or not going into battery. I feel it is better to pull the slide back and let go under full spring power for better reliabilty.
  5. Dienekes

    Dienekes Well-Known Member

    Ditto. The round is more likely to feed as the slide will have full travel with full spring power. It is also a gross motor movement (simpler) versus using the slide stop. If activating the stop with one hand you may have to shift your grip; if using two it occupies the other hand.

    Strictly speaking you should not be shooting to lockback anyway. The gun should be topped off and not shot dry...

    Keep it simple.

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