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Old 10-21-2001, 12:32 AM
Kayser Kayser is offline
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Decocking a Kimber?




I was wondering what the preferred method is for decocking a Kimber? I'm assuming they don't have an actual decocking lever.

Obviously decocking the hammer itself is a no-no. So what's the procedure? Drop the mag, rack the slide to eject the chambered round and then dry-fire? Any dangers associated with this?
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Old 10-21-2001, 12:39 AM
BeasTboyz BeasTboyz is offline
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I just drop the mag and fire the round in the chamber... works for me
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Old 10-21-2001, 12:41 AM
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Well, right, but let's assume you're in a situation where you really can't do this? Let's say you fire 2 rounds at an intruder in your house and he runs off. Now you've got 5 rounds left and a cocked hammer. You don't want to leave a cocked-and-locked 45 laying around, no? You can't just run into the backyard and fire the last round.
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Old 10-21-2001, 12:56 AM
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Actually, for that matter - can you rack the slide (thereby ejecting the chambered round) with the thumb safety on?
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Old 10-21-2001, 04:54 AM
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Kayser,
With the thumb safety ON it is impossible to rack the slide. The proper clearing method is as follows:
1) Point gun in a safe direction
2) Drop magazine
3) Pull slide fully to the rear ejecting chambered round.
4) Pull slide to rear again and inspect chamber and ride the slide forward.
5) Once determined empty, pull trigger.

Decocking is not an option on a 1911 and you DO NOT want to lower the hammer on a live round.------------------


[This message has been edited by oldcolt (edited 10-21-2001).]
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Old 10-21-2001, 08:46 AM
Lone Eagle Lone Eagle is offline
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Kayser,
"You don't want to leave a cocked-and-locked 45 laying around, no?"
You never leave a firearm "just laying around". But cocked and locked is the way the 1911 was designed to be used.
BTW, Bill Wilson in his book on the combat auto recommends holding the trigger to the rear when you drop the slide on an empty chamber to protect your hammer hooks and sear angles. Sean
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Old 10-23-2001, 12:17 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Kayser:
Let's say you fire 2 rounds at an intruder in your house and he runs off. Now you've got 5 rounds left and a cocked hammer.
By my count you should have 7 rounds left, if you top off the magazine after first chambering a round. Most full size 1911s are 8+1. Now you have discharged 2 rounds in your home in self defense. If you feel you must, reengage the saftey and consider putting a fresh magazine in. The bad guys won't tell you the fight is over. Don't expect them to yell "TIME OUT!" once shots are fired. You certainly shouldn't clear your weapon if you have just had to defend yourself. Otherwise, oldcolt is spot on on the clearance procecure.
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Old 10-23-2001, 12:49 AM
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Looks like you already know what to do.
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