1911 Half Cocked Question

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    1911 Half Cocked Question

    I'm new to 1911s and am fortunate to own a S&W 1911 SC-E. The manual clearly advises not to use the half cocked position with a round in the chamber. Although I have no problem carrying cocked and locked I'm interested in what purpose the half cocked position serves and why it even exists.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    As with SA revolvers the half-cock position serves as a sort of safety should the hammer slip when cocking to prevent the gun from firing as it is being cocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by contented View Post
    I'm new to 1911s and am fortunate to own a S&W 1911 SC-E. The manual clearly advises not to use the half cocked position with a round in the chamber. Although I have no problem carrying cocked and locked I'm interested in what purpose the half cocked position serves and why it even exists.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
    John Browning in his patents called it a safety notch, when cocking the pistol manually, if your thumb would slip from the hammer, the safety notch would catch on the sear preventing the hammer from falling completely, if for some reason the full cock notch on the hammer would break, the safety notch will catch it. Most new 1911s with a firing pin block no longer have the "half-cock" safety notch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    As with SA revolvers the half-cock position serves as a sort of safety should the hammer slip when cocking to prevent the gun from firing as it is being cocked.

    Half-cock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Sorry, I was typing mine as you were posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Sorry, I was typing mine as you were posting.
    You explained it better though.
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