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Old 02-12-2016, 07:20 PM   #1
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Question Slide stop question

I am curious. Is the slide stop a wear item? The reason I ask is that I see the Kimber store has just a few parts for the Micro for sale like the slide stop spring and recoil spring. These are wear or damageable items. So is the slide stop a wear item or do they just figure folks may lose their's and thus they offer replacements.

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Old 02-12-2016, 07:24 PM   #2
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The only way to wear down a slide stop it to use it to release the slide. The proper way to release the slide is to sling shot it, draw back on the slide and release it. It's called a slide stop and not a slide release for a reason.
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Old 02-12-2016, 09:11 PM   #3
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... even when reloading?

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The only way to wear down a slide stop it to use it to release the slide. The proper way to release the slide is to sling shot it, draw back on the slide and release it. It's called a slide stop and not a slide release for a reason.
Just hoping to get clarification on this? I thought it was ok to use the stop lever and let the slide drop to chamber the first round of a new magazine? Not trying to be a PITA, thanks :-)
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Just hoping to get clarification on this? I thought it was ok to use the stop lever and let the slide drop to chamber the first round of a new magazine? Not trying to be a PITA, thanks :-)
Not sure I agree with that either. I'll do some research on the subject tomorrow.
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Old 02-12-2016, 09:23 PM   #5
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... I feel your pain Donald :-)

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I am curious. Is the slide stop a wear item? The reason I ask is that I see the Kimber store has just a few parts for the Micro for sale like the slide stop spring and recoil spring. These are wear or damageable items. So is the slide stop a wear item or do they just figure folks may lose their's and thus they offer replacements.

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Old 02-12-2016, 09:43 PM   #6
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I use the slingshot method now, but years ago I used the slide stop until I heard that it was bad for the slide stop itself..

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I use the slingshot method also. An instructor told me what Chuck said, it's a slide stop not a slide release. The video Marshall showed has another side to the story and that also makes sense.
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I use the slingshot method also. An instructor told me what Chuck said, it's a slide stop not a slide release. The video Marshall showed has another side to the story and that also makes sense.
... it would be nice if there was a mention in the manual :-) Being a fairly new owner of a semi auto I'm partly wanting to be sure my gun is working properly. With my Micro if the magazine is empty and the slide locks out there is no extra "pull" in it. I can hold the slide, release the stop and let go or release the stop. Either way the friction to disengage the slide stop seems to be the same? I guess my question would be should I be able to pull the slide back further than the open position before releasing the stop? I never let it free fall on an empty chamber and have found both ways work fine when loading the first round. This is with the Kimber recoil spring installed.
... in an email I had sent to the Kimber sales exec I've talked with as well a CS mgr I asked about this but didn't get any clarification? The email was more about recoil springs.
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The only way to wear down a slide stop it to use it to release the slide. The proper way to release the slide is to sling shot it, draw back on the slide and release it. It's called a slide stop and not a slide release for a reason.
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