Is this THE MOST BORING 1911 Video you've ever seen?
Will you be able to suffer through its entirety.
Actually MANY YEARS AGO I DID call Colt Firearms on the phone & spoke with one of the "higher ups" at Colt regarding the issue of allowing the Colt slide to slam home on an empty chamber.
I did that because (at that time) there was much debate and controversy as to if doing that would damage the firearm "in ANY way"....or not.
Some Colt Pistol Owners (back then) who paid good hard earned money for their little Colt babies would absolutely CRINGE if they inadvertently allowed their pistol slide to slam home on an empty chamber & they would actually kick themselves in the ass for doing it.
And they would post...OMG! Did I damage My Pistol!?!
So I decided to call Colt and end the debate "one way or the other" - Here is what I was told by two respected folks that actually make them.
The word that I got directly from the COLT HORSEYS mouth and also from one of the Colt Technical People is: That with a COLT manufactured 1911 that has a Colt Factory sear, hammer, trigger, disconnecter etc....feel free to slam away until you turn blue doing it.
It will not "batter the slide or frame" or harm the pistol in any way, shape, or form.
If you have a pistol that sports a gunsmith modified, highly tuned, lightened, competition trigger job done on your pistol then you might want to consider not doing it for that reason alone but, nothing will be harmed at all by doing it to a factory COLT.
That having been said - there remains some lingering (and pretty much unfounded) and non-reality based stigma attached to doing that - so it still considered to be disrespectful to do it to any 1911 pistol that you do not personally own.
So do not ask somebody if you can handle their 1911 and then slam the slide home on an empty chamber.
My personal 1911s are all Colt & while I don't make a practice of doing it...I don't give it even a passing thought if I ever do.
But, the bottom line "lesson learned: here should be; Don't cringe if your slide slams home on an empty chamber...(some folks DO) AKA - your pistol can handle it.
The 1911 has been through every major war & world conflict right up until today & somehow it has managed to survive that extreme use and total abuse.
Slamming the slide home on an empty chamber is part of the proper "function check" of every 1911 pistol anyway.
It is done to make sure that the hammer does not jump the sear and follow the slide.
Video Of 500 Slide Slams In A Row Proof Positive that some folks don't have anything better to do with their time.
Now this was a Kimber that this guy was using & it survived just fine.