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Due to the volume of mail received, GUNS cannot offer a personal reply. Please e-mail your question to ed@gunsmagazine.com or snail mail to: GUNS Q&A, 12345 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128 energy to fire the pistol. Your method of carry, with the hammer cocked and the safety applied, is the correct way to carry the 1911 loaded. If you use a properly designed holster, there is little chance of the safety being scuffed off. This is where the grip safety comes into play, because the grip safety must be fully depressed before the pistol can fire. The grip safety does not do anything to prevent a discharge when the hammer is at rest. There is a greater chance of the 1911 accidentally discharging if it is dropped on the muzzle. If the firingpin spring is weak, the firing pin can get up enough steam to strike the primer if enough force is applied to the muzzle. It is a good idea to change the firing-pin spring when you change the recoil spring. Many companies have begun to put firing-pin blocks in the 1911s. The Kimber method is one of the best, where depressing the grip safety frees the firing pin to travel. In the Colt Series 80 method, the trigger itself raised a bar to unblock the firing pin for travel. •JEFFJOHN• Q: safe Carry Recently, a friend and I were talking about 1911 autoloaders. I prefer a cocked-and-locked carry, with a round in the chamber, hammer back and safety on. He says he prefers to carry with a round in the chamber but the hammer down and safety off. The disagreement (there always is one isn’t there?), is I say the hammer down on a loaded round is dangerous from A 1911, such as this 4"-barreled a drop or hammer strike Kimber CDP II is designed for cockedand he says the grip safety and-locked carry. This one will be on prevents that. He says the next month’s cover for a full review chance of sweeping off the by Massad Ayoob, so stay tuned. The safety unawares is more holster is a 1Rh in black shark trim dangerous. by Alessi holsters (2525 Walden Ave., Glen Thompson Buffalo, nY 14225, 716/706-0321). via e-mail Photo: Joseph R. novelozo. The 1911 has an a: inertial firing pin. The firing pin itself is shorter than its tunnel in the slide and the full force of the blow from the hammer is required to fire the cartridge. When the hammer is at rest against the firing pin, the firing pin tip does not protrude or contact the cartridge in anyway (if everything is working right). If the hammer is at rest on the firing pin and the pistol falls on the hammer, an accidental discharge is unlikely. There is much greater chance of the gun being accidentally discharged as the hammer is being lowered from full cock, which is one of the reasons your friend’s method of carry is discouraged. As an aside, lowering the hammer to 1/2 cock is even worse, because if the pistol is dropped on the hammer, the notch can break and the hammer can strike the firing pin with enough 35 WWW.GunsmaGaZine.Com

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