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    Question regarding lowering hammer on 1911

    I have a question. Just about everyone says two things when people bring up lowering the hammer on a 1911. (a): why? and (b): its very unsafe. My question regards the safety aspect. Is it unsafe because your thumb can slip and you can discharge the weapon while lowering it? Or is having a hammer down on a live round dangerous from an engineering standpoint, meaing it can be bump fired or dropped and discharge etc.

    I dont lower the hammer, just wanting to know if once the hammer is already down, is it still dangerous or are the 1911's equipped with safety mechanisms. Thx
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    The piece has a floating firing pin - it would take a helluva lot to get it to randomly fire.

    I've carried hammer down and cocked and locked and never worried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogface6 View Post
    The piece has a floating firing pin - it would take a helluva lot to get it to randomly fire.

    I've carried hammer down and cocked and locked and never worried.
    Does the same hold true for WW2 1911a1’s?

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    Yes - the M1911, M1911A1, Government Model, Commander (all), Gold Cup and all of the others out there share the same platform.

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    When lowering the hammer on a 1911 pattern pistol never use just your thumb, you’re only asking for trouble. It’s a two finger operation, thumb and index finger.
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    The original design did not have a safety lock. It was not designed to carry cocked, and the hammer was to be lowered if it wasn't going to be fired again. Ordnance requested the safety lock in the event a trooper found himself on a "fractious" horse with a cocked pistol. The safety lock would disable the pistol until the trooper could safely lower the hammer. The original Model 1911 had a very short hammer spur, and Ordnance requested a longer hammer so that the gloved thumb could safely cock or lower the hammer.
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    Ok, I guess I’m in camp a.) why? I’ve never even thought of doing this on a live round. I carry cocked and locked but then again most all my 1911 holsters are thumb break. What am I missing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VoyPescado View Post
    Ok, I guess I’m in camp a.) why? I’ve never even thought of doing this on a live round. I carry cocked and locked but then again most all my 1911 holsters are thumb break. What am I missing?
    Same here.
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    If you have ever shot in competition and the range master gives the order to cease fire, you are to stop firing, unload the weapon, and lay the weapon down.

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    I like a thumb break holster for a 1911 type pistol. It makes for one more level of safety in the unlikely event the thumb safety fails or some other mechanical malfunction. The thumb break also doesn't slow unholstering any with only a modicum of practice.
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