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?