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Old 02-13-2016, 07:24 PM   #1
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To hold or not to hold? (your trigger)

So I was hunting around online for thoughts on using the slide stop or not when chambering the first round of a new mag? I'm new to 1911s and have a Micro. On that one I'll be in the "don't do it" camp from now on. Thanks for the thoughts KT and those nice photos you posted Zoomy, a picture is worth a thousand words :-)
...while hunting I came across an old thread, maybe from '04? on I think it was called "pistol smith"? The topic of the slide stop didn't get agreed on but the conversation drifted to something I've never thought about.
Holding the trigger in while chambering the first round in a 1911. The guys in the discussion were 2lb trigger types (no offense anyone) and debating if holding it in eliminated stress on the trigger system and was in fact safer? My fundamental firearms safety habits came from my late Uncle Ray. He was a medic in the Navy/Marines during Nam. Wound up with a Silver Star and a Purple Heart from there and was active in the reserves till the end. Uncle Ray was real big on "NOT HAVING YOUR FINGER ON THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU'RE READY TO SHOOT". Needless to say I don't see myself ever crossing over to the dark side on this one :-)
...thought it could be an interesting topic for KT though?
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:30 PM   #2
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Holding the trigger while chambering a round flys in the face of everything I have learned in 60 years about firearms safety. I was a bulls eye shooter (one of those 2 pound trigger types) for 40 years and not once do I recall anyone ever doing this or even discussing it.
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Two words HELL NO, listen and respect what your uncle Ray said, he was a smart man. Keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to destroy something.
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Sounds like an AD looking for a place to happen.
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If you're holding the trigger in for whatever reason you have just disconnected the firing pin block safety. So if anything goes wrong in that process and the hammer does fall you will have a discharge.😖
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...no way Jose'

... I don't touch my trigger till I'm on target and ready to shoot! Like I said, I've never heard of the concept and I seems nuts to me? I would not recommend the method to anyone.
...Thought it might be a good discussion topic?
...If you think it may be warranted by all means pull the thread Chuck. I'm cool with that.
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I specifically remember the guy who taught me the basics about guns telling me to keep my booger hooker away from the trigger when loading a magazine...
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Originally Posted by cousinmark View Post
... I don't touch my trigger till I'm on target and ready to shoot! Like I said, I've never heard of the concept and I seems nuts to me? I would not recommend the method to anyone.
...Thought it might be a good discussion topic?
...If you think it may be warranted by all means pull the thread Chuck. I'm cool with that.
I don't a reason to close or delete the thread at this time.
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People that do that are the ones you hear say, " I don't know why the pistol went off?" I didn't do anything.
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Originally Posted by cousinmark View Post
So I was hunting around online for thoughts on using the slide stop or not when chambering the first round of a new mag? I'm new to 1911s and have a Micro. On that one I'll in the "don't do it" camp from now on. Thanks for the thoughts KT and those nice photos you posted Zoomy, a picture is worth a thousand words
I'm in agreement with the others regarding keeping finger off trigger, but actually more interested in this discussion/thread. Would you share the link, as I can't seem to locate it? Thanks. Edit..found it.
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