Front Slide Serrations on 1911's: Love 'em Or Not?

Front Slide Serrations on 1911's: Love 'em Or Not?

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    Front Slide Serrations on 1911's: Love 'em Or Not?

    In your view, are front slide serrations a "must have" on a 1911 or are they as useless as tail fins on a '59 Cadillac.

    Seems like they first adorned 1911s beginning 15-20 years ago, supposedly as an aid to press check the pistol. Perhaps this is of some benefit if one is shooting a 1911 with optics. Such a method seems more awkward to use to press check and unnecessary for the huge majority of 1911s with front slide serrations but no optics. They have evolved to become a fashion statement on some 1911s, much as tail fins, spoilers, and hood ornaments are on automobiles. Vent ribs on Colt Pythons and tacti-cool dress-up AR 15s come to mind in the gun world.

    Are front slide serrations so indispensable that one is missing out by not having them on his 1911 slide? Are folks out there in forumland habitually using front slide serrations? Or is it an appearance thing only these days?

    I don't care for the look nor like the notion of the additional sharp edged grooves "sawing on" holsters, clothing, skin etc.. The serrations are an added place to catch unnecessary gunk; easily brushed out when cleaning but not needed in first place.

    I'm also a bit unsure of the expediency of fiddling about with a loaded gun down on its muzzle end but perhaps no one has lost any digits due to a mishap using front slide serrations.

    1911s seem to work fine and be easy to operate without the decoration of front slide serrations.
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    I like them on some guns it all depends on the over all look. Some I like plain and original and some I like with tons of gingerbread.
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    Wow, Dragman! That was a speedy response. Your reply was there before I could look it over after posting it.
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    I happen to like the tail fins on a '59 Cadillac.

    But, no, there is absolutely no reason I can think of for front slide serrations. On much of anything; I don't like being that close to the muzzle of a loaded weapon.
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    Hi RevolvingMag;

    Yeah, despite the wretched excess of '59 Cadillac styling, I like the tail fins too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Wow, Dragman! That was a speedy response. Your reply was there before I could look it over after posting it.
    just drawn to the 1911 topic I guess. lol
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    Funny, I just figured out why I like them the other night, in order to press check you have the take the thumb safety off, so when I do that my thumb is blocking the serrations on that side, with the FCS I can keep my thumb in place and not compromise my grip and still have two digits on the serrations. It's a quirk, but I like them, are they a must have? No. I do find that the more finely cut serrations are more visually appealing such as those on the TRS below.


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    I'd never thought much of them until I started shooting more IDPA and attending some more higher stress classes, I was amazed to find myself using them all of a sudden, had never really thought much about them but I started using them, especially on the Baer, it's lock up is so tight than when pulling from the rear to do a check I'd end up ejecting a round some times, but could use less force when pressing from the front. Over all I'd say using them improves MY weapon handling in some cases.

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    No opinion on the serrations now as to the tail fins they do give a ’59 Cadillac a very distinctive look.
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    I wouldn't say I loathe them, but I did order my Baer Custom Carry without them.

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    Idiocy, period. If one knows how to properly do a press-check, they have no function. They only help holster-makers, in that they wear holsters faster.

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    I don't think front serrations look bad [on any pistol], I just don't see them as being a must-have feature, specially on a 1911.
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    Not for me...

    I don't have any 1911s with front slide serrations, and probably would not buy any. They don't fill any requirement for the way I use these guns, and I don't think they look good.

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    I do not like front serrations.




    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    I don't have any 1911s with front slide serrations, and probably would not buy any. They don't fill any requirement for the way I use these guns, and I don't think they look good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnLeVick View Post
    ...They only help holster-makers, in that they wear holsters faster.
    I think I've seen you mention this before, but I've never seen an issue in any of my holsters, I could see if we're talking nylon but a good quality holster shouldn't get that eaten up, it will also vary on the gun in question as the serrations on my Baer are pretty smooth on the edges. I have a Springfield Loaded that would probably be a little more abrasive on leather as it's not as nicely edged. Of course there's always Kydex.

    I've been using the same VMII with a number of 1911s with cocking serrations and my holsters see a lot of use from carry, IDPA and classes and it's holding up pretty darn well for it's age considering it was a used holster. I guess I'll have to keep an eye on my latest VMII for my Nighthawk as I have a solid baseline on use and age for both, but somehow I don't see it being an issue.

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    Not for me but everyone has different needs and likes.
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