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Old 03-25-2015, 09:54 AM   #1
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This is my first 1911 style frame, all previous semi's were double action striker fire, so here is my 1911 newbie question... when you carry your 1911 or have it sitting ready in a safe, hammer is cocked with thumb safety on ? This does not wear your hammer spring over time staying in the cocked position ?
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:10 AM   #2
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If it is in the big gun safe for storage, it is unloaded with hammer down.
If it is anyplace else, Bio metric safe, night stand, on my hip, it is Condition 1!
Round in chamber, full magazine, cocked and locked!
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If it is in the big gun safe for storage, it is unloaded with hammer down.
If it is anyplace else, Bio metric safe, night stand, on my hip, it is Condition 1!
Round in chamber, full magazine, cocked and locked!
Same as sharp for me. I don't even leave my magazines in my guns in the safe



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I think that I have read on several different forums that leaving a spring in a compressed state for long periods of time doesn't affect it at all, but repeatedly flexing and compressing it (as in using it) will eventually cause it to lose some of its ability to return to its original shape.

Look at the springs on cars. How often have you heard of coil springs having to be replaced, even though the weight of the vehicle is always resting on them? It's the same principle with a bigger spring. In Cuba, they are still driving cars from the 1950's, and I'll bet most of them still have the original front coil springs.



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Old 03-25-2015, 12:02 PM   #6
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As it has already been said a spring either compressed or relaxed does not wear or weaken, working the spring is what eventually wears them out. Richard gave a good example with a coil spring on a car, a better one would be a valve spring in your engine. They are constantly under pressure both when the engine is shut off and with it running and when it's running it's being compressed thousands of times a minute.
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This isn't me, but it does help explain what the others are saying...... I work in the engineering department for a Spring Brake company and we test springs every single day. Every spring has a force output spec and a spring rate spec. after the spring is coiled it is set at a predetermined hieght or held solid for a specific amount of time. After this step in the process the spring takes a set and the loads fall into the range that the engineer has set for the paticular spring. As said above compressing them and holding them there will not weaken them anymore. A spring fatigues from being compressed and released over and over.



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