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Front cocking serrations, revisited -- be honest

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Old Dog, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. GunnyUSMC

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    Front cocking serrations are nothing new.
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    I really don’t care one way or the other when it comes to front cocking serrations. They have never been a deal killer when it comes to buying a gun.

    Beretta put a new twist on slide serrations on the APX.
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    Browning didn’t put front cocking serrations on the Hi Power, but did put a step in the slide that can be used in the same way.
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    If you’re in the boat with the ones that will not own a gun with front cocking serrations, there’s nothing wrong with that, but you do limit yourself to the guns that are on the market.

    One of my favorite polymer frame guns is the S&W M&P45. I don’t use the front cocking serrations, but they don’t look bad.
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    What I do find funny are the guys that do press checks on guns that have a loaded chamber indicator.

    But when it comes right down to it, it’s just a matter of personal choice. There’s nothing wrong with liking, or disliking them, or not caring if they are there, or not.
    But just because you like, or dislike something, doesn’t mean that everyone else should be the same. Just think how boring things would be.
     
  2. bannockburn

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    Front cocking serrations are definitely not a deal breaker for me. Don't really notice them and don't really use them.

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  3. Meeks36

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    Have them on my Glock 19. Doesn't bother me one bit. At the same time I don't use them.
     
  4. peacemaker45

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    I don't care strongly either way, looks wise, but I don't care for how they drag coming out of leather.
     
  5. Bottom Gun

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    I agree. I once had a Springfield Loaded model 1911 that had those forward serrations. The corners of the grooves were very sharp and shredded every leather holster I tried to carry it in.
     
  6. 5-SHOTS

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    I have front cocking serrations on my Pardini GT9-1 and I'm glad it has them. Why? Because the rear sight is a little razor and generally speaking I find pistols with adjustable rear sight to be very uncomfortable racking the slide. Since I don't use the slide release as I slingshot the slide, I found the front cocking serrations on my GT9-1 a blessing. I also use front serrations to rack the slide on my buddies' Tanfoglio P21L and Beretta 92 Combat because of the "dangerous" adjustable rear sight (isn't the pointing window called "blade" for some reason?).
    My Norinco TT-Olympia doesn't have front slide serrations (and you must slingshot it because the slide stop is internal) and I still remember the day when the slide slipped off my sweaty fingers and the rear sight made a deep bleeding cut in my thumb.
    No need to use or have front cocking serrations on my Walther P99 AS and SIG-Sauer P226.
     
  7. Fiv3r

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    Same. Mine was a cheese grater on leather.

    I don't generally care one way or another, looks or function. I just bought a .45 Shield today. The forward serrations do seem to work better for press checking. However i rarely press check, so i can take or leave them.
     
  8. Bottom Gun

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    At least the ones on my Les Baers and Kimbers are de-burred properly and don't damage my holsters so even though I don't use them, they aren't annoying like the Springfield was.
    Doesn't your new Shield have chamber indicator hole in the top?
     
  9. Fiv3r

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    Yes. Nice big round half moon one that I would guess would work in pretty low light unlike the little notched ones. I think I would press check with the front serrations if I had to.
     
  10. Bottom Gun

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    I seldom press check, especially with 1911s because if it's cocked with the thumb safety on, the chamber is live.
     
  11. bfox

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    I always thought they were useless and ugly too . Like OP said , and to me especially on 1911's !
     
  12. FlSwampRat

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    But it looks so cool! Bleh...
    Every gun I have is loaded, whether there's bullets in it or not. If it has a loaded magazine, it has one in the pipe. Keeps things simple.
     
  13. ATLDave

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    I take it you've never gotten a magazine seated just enough to stay in the gun, but not actually all the way up? This is something that can happen, particularly with extended magazines and magwells... in which case it is possible to rack the slide and have it not pick up a round. I get to see people do this a couple of times a year in USPSA.
     
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  14. FlSwampRat

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    Not yet I haven't.
     
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    Every gun I pick up that hasnt been in my possession gets checked for condition, even if I know it's (un)loaded. It's how I was taught, it's what I'll teach my kids.
     
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  16. FlSwampRat

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    Absolutely! That's the part of "Every gun I have is loaded, whether there's bullets in it or not" I meant. Every gun is considered loaded even after I check it.
     
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  17. JR24

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    Great, we are in agreement!
     
  18. FlSwampRat

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    How could two such intelligent, worldly fellows such as we not be in agreement?
     
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  19. Walkalong

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    Yep, I will check it before putting it up, then point it away from me and down and pull the trigger, even though I just saw it unloaded.
     
  20. whatnickname

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    Marketing hype. I don’t want my hand anywhere near that muzzle when I’m charging it or checking it with a live round in battery.
     
  21. Coal Dragger

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    So you never perform dry fire practice?

    Interesting.
     
  22. d'zaster

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    I like the front serrations and I do use em.
     
  23. FlSwampRat

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    Snap caps.
     
  24. GunnyUSMC

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    Are we still talking about front cocking serrations, or was that a different topic?:confused:
     
  25. JDR

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    I agree that I can either take them or leave them. They would be somewhat useful for dry-firing a Glock, but I still don’t like them on some of the new Gen5 Glocks that are being produced with them.
     
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