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.45 acp question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by charleslee, Mar 16, 2009.

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  1. charleslee

    charleslee Member

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    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!
     
  2. D-Man

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    Regardless of caliber, you should always try to avoid slamming the slide shut on an empty chamber.

    What kind of gun do you have?
     
  3. Mad Magyar

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    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....
     
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    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
     
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    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
     
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    charleslee Member

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    .45 Question

    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!
     
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    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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