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Firing pin blocks on 1911's

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by InnerVision, May 9, 2007.

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  1. InnerVision

    InnerVision Member

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    So..Everybody says to never carry 1911's with the hammer down or half cocked when there is one in the tube (which I know is common knowledge), But my question is, what about all the models with a firing pin block on them?? Is it still risky to carry with the hammer down? Can these blocks fail easily?
     
  2. daysleeprx

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    To me, carrying with the hammer down is dangerous just because if you actually need to use your gun, it won't be ready to go.
     
  3. bumm

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    To my way of thinking, it's more dangerous to have to manipulate the hammer over a live cartridge, either lowering it or cocking it, than it is to just leave it back and set the safety.
    And while many will disagree strongly with me, I have no problem with firing pin safeties. I've never had one malfunction, and should the hammer fall off the sear for some reason, (machines malfunction,) the pin safety holds the pin back unless the grip safety is depressed.
    Marty
     
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    The firing pin blocks will give you some protection from an AD.

    However, why would you ever want to carry with the hammer down on a live round? What are you going to do when you need the gun, manually cock the hammer with your thumb? That's pretty risky. The probability of your thumb slipping off the hammer, ESPECIALLY in a high stress situation, is significant. I'd say you're better off carrying with an empty chamber and racking the slide when you need it.

    But of course the best and safest way to carry a 1911 is cocked and locked. The trigger, sear, and firing pin safeties make the chances of an AD extremely low.
     
  5. B. Adams

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    Why would anyone want to carry a 1911 with the hammer down?

    In my opinion, a firing pin block is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

    The half cock position is a safety feature to keep the hammer from falling accidentally, not a position to keep the hammer in.
     
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    A modern gun like SIG 22*series or HK USP/P2000 series I would not worry putting the hammer down using the decocker.
    Just don't do it 1911 style.

    With 1911's I never carry any other way then "condition one" >>> round chambered, hammer back and safety on.
     
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