Colt Commander fails to lock back on empty magazine

Colt Commander fails to lock back on empty magazine

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    Colt Commander fails to lock back on empty magazine

    I have a fairly new Wiley Clapp Colt Commander that I have probably put less than 1000 rounds through. I just had the trigger safety replaced by a gun smith because the original safety tore up my thumb every time I shot it.

    I took it to the range this morning and noticed that when I shot it, the slide was not locking back after the last round. When my wife shot it, the slide did lock back.

    I am guessing I may be limp wristing it, unless someone has some other suggestions?
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    Did that happen every time you shot and every time she shot? How many times each were you guys shooting it empty?
    And what were you shooting out of it? Any chance you had a soft load for your last shot? I'd guess that before limp wristing, simply because you didn't mention any other feeding or ejection issues. It seems odd you would limp wrist the last round.
    And were these all with the same mag?
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    Take the top off, insert a mag, and see if the mag follower is pushing up the 'slide stop' ..... mags are normally the root cause of most auto problems
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    Sounds like a magazine problem, as many issues with 1911s turn out to be.
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    What is a "trigger safety"?

    Limp wristing, or thumb on the slide release (thumbs too high).

    I would have thought bad mags, but since your wife didn't have a problem, maybe poor grip.
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    I think you may have hit on something, SIG.
    Since he said his thumb was getting beat up (this is where I assumed trigger safety meant thumb safety), I'll bet his thumb is bumping the slide release. He probably over compensated moving it out of the way of the thumb safety in anticipation of it getting safety rash.
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    I bet you are hitting the mag release with your thumb. I had the same issue every time I shot my son's Sig 226. When he shot, the slide would lock back. When I shot it would not. Never had that problem with any other handgun I own. Finally he noticed that my thumb was resting on top of the slide release. I was putting just enough pressure on it to prevent the slide from locking on empty. Once I relocated the thumb, the "problem" disappeared.
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    Had the same issue with my p226. Moved my thumb, solved the problem.

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    I think you can rule out mechanical failure since it does not occur when wife is shooting. That only leaves operator malfunction, most likely a thumb. Remove thumbs from the equation by consciously keeping them out of the way of any moving parts and see if the slide still fails to lock.
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    Your Wiley Clapp likes your spouse more ....That's the only possible answer...
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    Could be Gatorbait but, he has to keep it. I mean, they can't go around telling people that he gave her the Clapp!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ugh762x39 View Post
    Could be Gatorbait but, he has to keep it. I mean, they can't go around telling people that he gave her the Clapp!!
    ooooooooooooooo not goin' there...no sir..
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    Let it go, Let it goooooo!

    Yeah, I'm thinking thumb also.
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    There could be the follower of just one of your magazines causing that problem.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I normally shoot with my thumbs held high on the slide, because that is the way I was trained. My wife only shot the 1911 once because she was too busy shooting her G26. Yes, it failed to lock back every time I reached the end of the magazine. I was using two fairly new Wilson Combat magazines.

    My wife has no interest in having the Clapp...
    Last edited by G26Raven; October 12th, 2014 at 08:10 AM. Reason: typo
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