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Old 01-26-2009, 11:58 AM
tomcat522 tomcat522 is offline
 
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Taurus 1911 Slide Stop function and open action

I just got a new PT1911 - am taking it to the range today - got a question on the Slide Stop function. I'm new to guns in general (although have some experience with firearms being on the rifle team at school (years ago)) - anyway, when i have an empty Colt 1911 (its old - made in 1918) and empty mag inserted and pull the slide back to inspect the chamber, i have to manually push up the Colt Slide Stop to hold it open.

But, when doing the same with the new Taurus PT1911 it automatically stops and holds the action open, and further, it will NOT release the slide unless i pop the empty mag out - then it will release if i push down on the Slide Stop lever - is this Normal?

(also asked this question on NEShooers)
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:35 PM
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It is totally normal for it to lock back on an empty mag... That is how it locks after the last round is fired so you can just put in another mag and drop the slide chambering the first round.

As far as dropping the slide with an empty mag, you can do it but it is not recommended at all, it might take a bit more effort to get it to release since there is no round in the mag but you can do it... Also if you move the slide back a hair and push the slidestop it will release that way as well.

Becareful NOT to drop the slide home on an empty chamber as you can cause damage to the pistol and premature wear... Dry firing a 1911 os OK, but not slamming the slide home on an empty chamber.

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(PS) Congrats on your new PT-1911, You will love her!! Make sure to strip it and clean it before you go to the range as there is packing grease inside of new pistols and if fired with the grease in there it will be harder to clean and it will get gunked up in there.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:52 PM
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Tomcat,

It's actually your old Colt 1911 that has the problem. It should be fixable though. A competent smith would be able to discern if it's due to the slide stop or the magazine, or some combination of the two. (There's other obscure possibilities for the slide stop failure, but they're not as likely).
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:54 PM
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A 1911 should hold open the slide on an empty magazine. Most semi-auto will function the same way, Rugers LCP being an odd exception that comes to mind.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:23 PM
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BTW: congrats on the new Taurus, I really enjoy mine. Quick way to rule out the magazines on the slide issue--try swapping the mags and see if the behavior follows.
Only advice I have on the Taurus, is keep a close eye on the barrel link pin when you field strip the gun. Unlike other guns I have, the Taurus pin falls out easily and is pretty easy is to loose.
This may just be my gun but better to be safe than spend hours crawling around looking for the dang thing -- trust me
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:39 PM
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Try the Tarurus mag in the Colt
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:23 PM
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Try the Taurus mag in the Colt
The mag springs in the old Colt are probably getting weak. If the Taurus mag lets it lock open, that is most likely your problem.
New springs are available at http://www.gunsprings.com/ if you are interested.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:16 PM
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thanks for help

thanks all for info - i striped it, cleaned & oiled, reassembled and seems tight but at least now it will close, must be just new and needs some working... have not made it to the range yet,but will thurdsay and we'll see...
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:43 PM
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thanks all for info - i striped it, cleaned & oiled, reassembled and seems tight but at least now it will close, must be just new and needs some working... have not made it to the range yet,but will thurdsay and we'll see...
Nothing "needs some working" except your Colt. The slide release should be difficult to release with an empty mag in the firearm. Your OP discribed normal operation.
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:56 AM
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50 rds thru the PT1911

no problems with the Taurus - 50 rounds outdoors (5 to 10 degrees cold), also put 3 mags thru the Colt (old timer, 1918) - and had at least one jam (extracted OK - but then failed to clear eject port cleanly) - so, the Colt will be seeing the gunsmith shop this week... anyway, thanks all for your insights!!!
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