May 30th, 2007 08:47 PM
My faith in the 1911 had been multiplied..
So here I am, putting on my shoulder holster and the snap I thought was secured wasn't as secure as I believed it was and there goes my gun, four and a half feet down onto a steel floor.
Even though the gun hit the floor with enough force to force the slide back despite the thumb safety (the thumb safety literally slid OVER the slide pushing the thumb safety out slightly, but not enough to render it useless), the thumb safety never disengaged and, of course, the hammer never fell and the gun did not fire.
There is a small scar now where the thumb safety scratched against the slide while the slide was forced beneath it....
Bad picture but it was taken with my web cam.
After taking down the entire gun to the main-spring housing nothing but that scratch was found to have been damaged.
I've never had such a "drop test" before and even without a firing pin block nothing happened (as you would expect and desire).
I'm very happy with my gun. It has withstood the test of Limatunes and passed!
Last edited by limatunes; May 30th, 2007 at 08:59 PM.
May 30th, 2007 08:52 PM
Ouch.a drop like than makes ya just cringe, doesn't it? Glad you a have even more confidence in your pistol.
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson
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May 30th, 2007 08:56 PM
Did an accidental torture test just like that on a SIG, passed with honors.
I'm guessing on a good 1911 you have to do more than drop it to get it to break, it didn't get a government contract all those years ago for nothing.
May 30th, 2007 09:03 PM
Glad everything is ok. I dropped my 1911 a while back and it survived fine, but it really did make me cringe as I saw it go.
May 30th, 2007 09:05 PM
I've had a few "small" drop tests with my other 1911 before, but nothing like this. I felt the floor rattle with this one as well as my teeth and my nerves.. AHHH.
May 30th, 2007 10:14 PM
I once dropped my Colt XSE from a deer stand that was 18 feet high.
Luckily it was just the forest floor and it didnt sustain any damage.
Thats one of the disadvantages of a shoulder holster. Unless its a vertical one, an undone snap can let the gun go and become ugly in more ways than one.
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May 30th, 2007 10:33 PM
I have heard of LEO's falling through doorways while trying to secure a BG and finding afterwards that the thumb safety had been bent from the fall and still no hammer drop.
I don't know how accurate this story is, but it sounds real good.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
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May 30th, 2007 10:35 PM
I would Replace the Safety depending on how much it flexed ..
Its a Mim part and would worry about it breaking myself
May 30th, 2007 10:36 PM
You are now preaching to the converted.
Originally Posted by HotGuns
One of the other things I don't like about the shoulder holster is how it slips, slides and flaps around if tie-downs aren't used. It's never REALLY in the same place twice which can be bad when you are reaching for the gun.
The advantages are that it's easy to wear when your trousers won't support the weight of a gun and you don't have a good belt. I was wearing a short, flimsy jean skirt with no belt loops at the time and holstering IWB would have been just as flimsy and unsupported.
Were it not for the snap being unsnapped it would have never fallen.
May 30th, 2007 10:38 PM
I have planned on changing that thumb safety out anyway. Here's another excuse.
Originally Posted by Bud White
May 30th, 2007 11:13 PM
Well there's always one of those sexy thigh holsters for those skirt days Lima...? *wink*
Just razzin ya girl.
While I personally have not dropped my gun, a friend of mine has dropped one of my guns, TWICE! He's about to be an ex-friend.
But I have had an ND and thank god it was down range! Rule #4
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
May 31st, 2007 12:52 AM
May 31st, 2007 08:50 AM
Oh my gosh, I'm PERFECT for that!..LOL..
Originally Posted by Captain Crunch
When I told my husband about it yesterday he said, "You know, I've never, in all of my life, met a person who dropped their gun as much as you have."
The worst part is I've never dropped it out of my hands. It's always fallen out of holsters. So much for holsters securing my gun.
Oh well, it's a good thing John Browning did this homework and designed a good pistol. They withstand lots of abuse.
May 31st, 2007 09:09 AM
Amen to that. And, if you use the tie-downs you feel like your in a harness.
Originally Posted by limatunes
One of my instructors at Gunsite routinely tosses his Glock (unloaded) to the floor and invites anyone else to do the same with their gun. No one in my class did.
I'm too young to be this old!
Getting old isn't good for you!
May 31st, 2007 09:18 AM
You know, they say if you get a gun for carry you might as well take it to a gravel parking lot and throw it like a skipping stone and get it over with, but I've had this gun for ONE WEEK and I've put more scratches on it than any of my other three guns combined. Granted I've probably put more rounds through it than any of my other guns combined (except for my .40) but I feel bad about the abuse the poor thing has suffered at my hand.
Originally Posted by Tangle
Be good and nice to your guns!
I need a new holster.
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