I was showing a Kimber Ultra Covert II to a customer today and he asked if the gun was safe to carry cocked and locked.
I assured him that it was and went over the list of safeties on the gun including the firing pin safety.
I told him I had accidentally dropped a couple of my 1911s a few times and never had an accidental discharge.
A coworker of mine (who knows I own a Kimber) said, "Well, your Kimber should have a firing pin safety so of course it shouldn't fire."
I said, "It's a series I, it doesn't... Neither does my Wilson or my husband's Baer, or our Springfield or half of the other 1911s we've ever owned."
His response was one we have been through at least two dozen times. He began berating me (again) and telling me that I must love flirting with danger because no 1911 is safe unless it has a firing pin block and they should only be carried with an empty chamber if no firing pin safety is in place.
Needless to say the poor customer was caught up in this unfortunate battle but my coworker could not be dissuaded to wait until the customer had left (after all, the debate had NO relevance to his purchase in the least as his gun was fitted with a firing pin safety!).
So, after getting sick and tired of getting lectured about what a fool I am for owning and carrying a 1911 without a firing pin safety I started looking around the net today.
I found an article that said there was a history (about 17 a year) of 1911s accidents, some of them from going off when dropped in the military before the Beretta M9 was adopted and that it's high rate of accidents was a reason they went away from the 1911. It went on to say that the military expressly asked for a firing pin safety on the new issue gun to thwart against the problems they'd had with dropped 1911s but the article provided no evidence or study to support that claim (in fact the author was quoting someone else (he said that someone told him that this happens....)). The article also goes on to state that Colt did a study in "drop-fired" 1911s and while they never published their findings (convenient for this article), shortly after they began installing the series 80 firing pin safeties (again, no references or sources listed).
The article also went on to say that Bill Wilson started installing the titanium firing-pins and heavier firing-pin springs in his guns after doing his own study proving that dropping a 1911 from as little as 3 feet could, indeed, set it off. Again, no reference or actual data from said "study" was listed in the article.
It seems that every article I read where they say firing-pin-safety-less 1911s are a problem has nothing to support the fact (or maybe I'm just not digging enough).
Does anyone have any hard evidence of this? (I feel like putting in a call to mythbusters.)
I've never had a moments doubt, hesitation, fear, worry or concern that any of my 1911s would fire without a deliberate act of a human being but I'm getting tediously tired of listening to my coworker rant about how unsafe and downright STUPID I am for continuing to even OWN a 1911 that doesn't have a firing pin safety even though he's never been able to provide me with any solid proof of its dangers either.
I'll never say it's impossible because we all know everything is possible given the right circumstances but I don't think it's as common as my coworker would have me (and everyone else) believe.
Any more educated people want to help me out on this?