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Old 12-25-2016, 02:02 PM
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Purpose of S&W lightening cuts

Finally figured out the main purpose of the slide cuts done by PC. You can lubricate the lugs without taking the slide off!

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Old 12-28-2016, 11:51 AM
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I'm thinking lightening cuts are for, lightening the slide and as a result the gun. How do you like the PC ?. I have the older version, the SC thinking on the PC because the L cuts hence lighter gun all together.

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Old 12-28-2016, 06:18 PM
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I thought it was to make them stand out in a display case full of 1911s. They are a nice pistol although some of my friends hate the look.

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Old 12-28-2016, 06:19 PM
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I guess they should call them multi-purpose cuts
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:56 PM
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They help to offset the added weight of the upgraded parts.
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Old 03-10-2017, 11:32 AM
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I thought it was to make them stand out in a display case full of 1911s. They are a nice pistol although some of my friends hate the look.

my LGS had one like your 4.25" and every time I walked in the will go, look what we got for you, finally some one else bought it, I have an early SC, no reason for me to have this model unless I wanted the round but.
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Old 03-10-2017, 11:53 AM
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For a pistol with so little mass ..

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I'm thinking lightening cuts are for, lightening the slide and as a result the gun. How do you like the PC ?. I have the older version, the SC thinking on the PC because the L cuts hence lighter gun all together.
... it deals out surprisingly little felt recoil. The reduction of mass due to the lightening/lightning cuts doesn't -seem- as though it would be enough to explain the reduced felt recoil; but must certainly contribute. My intuition is that the reduced mass of the Al-Sc alloy frame would increase felt recoil more than lightning cuts could reduce it. Perhaps it's all placebo effect. Do love me some S&W.

And lightning cuts reduce cycle-time and/or allow a "lighter" spring: any given spring puts out the ~same energy each cycle; less mass means the slide accelerates/moves faster at any given energy.
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... some of my friends hate the look.
... cure that now. ;- j
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:41 PM
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They're for air cooling............ gunfan111 - think you used enough oil on there???? Good Golly Miss Molly! I would bet your gun leaves a puddle when you lay it down. Are you a Harley owner? (just teasing ya)

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Old 03-20-2017, 01:57 PM
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They're for air cooling............ gunfan111 - think you used enough oil on there???? Good Golly Miss Molly! I would bet your gun leaves a puddle when you lay it down. Are you a Harley owner? (just teasing ya)


Haha! No worries, I ordered a custom holster with a drip pan
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:23 AM
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I don't think the S&W specs show any difference in weight for the models without the cuts versus those PC models with the cuts. Is that correct? I just picked up a 4.25 inch PC model but haven't had a chance to fire it yet.
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Increase access for dirt and create additional places to clean.

I'm among the ones who don't like the look of the cuts nor the bright orange grips, but I'm sure they're fine pistols. I have the regular 1911sc e-series and it's a dandy other than magazine issues (for which I need to send it back to sw again).
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:26 PM
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Sorry for critique in previous post.

I am certain that they are fine pistols.
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:43 PM
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Sorry for critique in previous post.



I am certain that they are fine pistols.

No worries. They certainly do provide access to dirt and are probably a better choice on the 5" target gun versus the lightweight commander meant to be carried around.
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Have you heard they are capable of being fired without a magazine?
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Have you heard they are capable of being fired without a magazine?

Naah, who reads the fine print
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Old 04-17-2017, 12:05 PM
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Well, I for one like the cuts AND the orange grips. Posted already, but I ran across this over the weekend and it's been on my bucket list for a couple of years now so I couldn't pass it up at $999.00 LNIB. Are these made in the PC shop too, this beauty is as nice as any Knighthawk or custom gun I've ever handled? The attention to detail and trigger is second to none.
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