Is The Disconnect On a 1911 a Safety? Why or Why Not?
One night, while lying in bed, waiting for sleep to overtake me, I started thinking about the 1911 and how I would explain how every single little part on the gun operated and what its purpose was.
Depending on who you talk to the 1911 has anywhere from two to three to even four safeties.
There is the obvious:
1. Thumb Safety
2. Grip Safety
But the not so obvious:
3. Firing Pin Block (on series 80s and series IIs for Kimbers)
4. Half Cock
But, is not the disconnect a "safety feature"?
After all, the purpose of a safety is to keep the gun from firing except when deliberately manipulated by human hands.
The disconnect is designed to keep the gun from firing out of battery. How is this not a safety feature?
If it's not a safety feature, how?
If it is, why is it not listed among the 1911s safeties?
Here is an explanation of the Disconnectors function:
I ran across this a while back, and when I saw this post, decided to share regarding the disconnector on a 1911:
"The Disconnector is a safety device that prevents a round from being fired before the round has properly chambered, with the slide and barrel locked up. When the slide is out of battery (not completely forward) the lower portion of the disconnector is depressed, causing disengagement of the sear, preventing the hammer from falling if the trigger is squeezed. However, when the slide is in battery and the barrel is locked up, a spring pushes the disconnector up into a machined recess in the rear of the slide, allowing a mechanical link between the trigger and the sear so that when the trigger is pulled, the hammer will drop and the weapon will fire."
I gleaned this information from Ed Browns' website. In a nutshell, the disconnector is there to prevent a round from cooking off before it has been properly chambered during the cocking or firing cycle; This is one of those devices on a 1911 that should definitely not be modified in any way shape or form.
Hope this helps....