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Old 02-26-2020, 10:11 AM
Oldsalt65 Oldsalt65 is offline
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Originally Posted by RandyP View Post
If you want to stay in .45ACP, for a house gun I admit to being a fan of higher capacity than a 1911 can deliver - dare I even mention the Glock 21? - lol

Most any handgun without a hammer (striker fired) will have an easier to rack slide than a hammer fired one?
No, which is why The S&W Shield EZ pistols that are specifically engineered for easy manipulation by those with physical limitations who have trouble with operating most ordinary pistols, have been designed with hammers rather than strikers.

Hammers require less force to cock because the hammer provides leverage in the users favor via the hammer pin, whereas cocking strikers is a straight 180 degree operation against the firing pin spring.

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Old 02-26-2020, 12:51 PM
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I have a Sig Stainless Super Target which BTW has been flawless and super accurate. Like all my 5" 1911's I put in a STI Recoil Master Guide which mitigates recoil and makes racking the slide easier. I can rack the slide with my thumb and forefinger like it was greased.
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Old 02-26-2020, 05:22 PM
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A 1911 for home defense only has to be racked once in its service life.
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:00 PM
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9MM 1911s. My STI and Dan Wesson 9MM 1911s came with 10# recoil springs. Doesn't get much lighter in a production 1911......
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Rock185 View Post
9MM 1911s. My STI and Dan Wesson 9MM 1911s came with 10# recoil springs. Doesn't get much lighter in a production 1911......

My 9mm Wilson Professional came with a 10 pound recoil spring. Iíve used 11 pound recoil springs in it for years with no problems.

I think my other two 9mm 1911s have 13 pound recoil springs. All three are all steel pistols.
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by stevemaury View Post
A 1911 for home defense only has to be racked once in its service life.
Not necessarily - it could have a malfunction and need to be racked after the first round; never assume anything in SD or HD. Practice and train, repeat.
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Old 02-28-2020, 09:34 AM
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Try a revolver. Their slides are effortless.
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by K38 View Post
9mm much easier to rack than .45.
Yes. Even my wife can rack my 9mm 1911, and she can't do a .45 at all. (arthritis and shoulder surgery) It has the standard Commander spring tension.

The spring in my Star Super 9mm is ridiculously soft; I can literally push the slide back with one finger. Well, with a little effort, but still, we're probably talking about 5 or 6 pounds max. I thought the 60-year-old spring was sacked, but it's the proper free length, nothing seems to be getting beaten up, and operation is flawless, so I'm not worried about it, other than not being able to get it back from my wife when she gloms on to it at the range...
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:32 PM
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Lots of gun to gun variation. A friend's new Tisas is much harder than my old Colt. Hit the stores and feel a lot of guns.

You can go to the 14 lb 1911 spring.
You can cock the hammer first.
You can get a Cammer Hammer or the similar Optimized Hammer.
You can apply the push-push grasp.

You can get a smaller caliber or a different gun entirely.
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Old 02-28-2020, 10:48 PM
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I'm not a fan of 9mm or .45 ACP, all of my 1911 pistols are 10mm, but, my daughter has the same issue as you. She can't pull the slide back on any of my 10mm 1911 pistols to chamber a round. So, I bought her this 9mm 1911 pistol. It's a Dan Wesson Specialist Commander, all stainless steel that I found for $1,275 brand new on Gunbroker. It comes with night sights, light rail, mag well, match trigger, and match barrel. She loves it and it's a fantastic 1911 from a company that's head and shoulders better than Colt, Kimber, Sig, Springfield, and Ruger. She can easily pull the slide back and it's accurate as well as reliable right out of the box.


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Old 02-29-2020, 07:35 AM
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My wifes is 64 and all of 5'-2 and her edc is a Kimber ultra 9mm but I fired the first 400 rounds and lube with amsoil synthetic automotive lubes and I have a lw commander in 45 that shes comfortable with racking both but she racks with the push pull across the chest method so maybe finding that easy racking 1911 is more about how you rack it or some medical issues then its purely trial and error in find what a person can deal with than simple hearing some one say what is an easy racking 1911 .
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Old 02-29-2020, 09:10 AM
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When I got my Colt last year, I found the slide to be hard to work. I tried hand-over-slide using the whole hand to work it, but that's cumbersome. It's what you see in movies, tho.

Then I saw someone, forgot who, teaching a bit of Krav Magav in youtube -- this guy, he turns the pistol sideways -- like a gangsta -- grips the slide at the rear, where the serrations are, and then uses the *strong* arm to *push* the pistol while holding the slide stationary with the off hand.

That did the trick. Very quick to do. With a bit of practice you end up using both arms, push with strong, pull with weak. Now that's how I do it every time.

Just don't forget to return the pistol to a proper orientation -- sights *up*.

I would like to point out that over time, I guess the hammer spring became easier to overcome. Which reminds me, if the user is really weak, or injured, one can cock the hammer first and then rack the slide.
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Old 03-01-2020, 09:55 AM
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I think I’m going to jump in a different direction here. My favorite type of handgun is the 1911. Full size, compact or what ever.
However I don’t like a 1911 for home defense. A cocked and locked 1911 in a night stand or desk drawer or any other static situation, just seems (to me anyway) like an accident waiting to happen. On my person where I have total control it’s not a problem. Good holster and so on.
My night stand home defense weapon is an old Sig 220 in 45 ACP. Chamber the round once, drop the hammer and no worry about having to rack the slide when un-wanted company arrives.
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