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Old 06-27-2022, 04:41 PM
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I read somwhere,possibly on this sight, that one should never slam a model 52 slide (release it) on an empty chamber.
Is this correct?
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Not sure about a 52, but it makes sense. It is certainly true with a well-tuned 1911.

I am sure there are those that will doubt this, but it is a good way to ruin a good trigger job. I am not sure how tenuous the hammer sear engagement is on a 52.

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Why would you purposely beat up a quality piece. That’s what Glocks and Taurus are for.
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Jaco, you are correct. Why slam it shut. When you charge the chamber,
on the first shot, the round is acting as a buffer. Just like the following four rounds. The slide actually uses energy while charging and cycling. Like
slamming a car door. Why do it?
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It's generally advised to not slam an empty chamber closed on any handgun. The act of loading a round slows the slide down and is how the gun is supposed to operate. On some guns I'm sure any additional wear won't be noticeable for many thousands of cycles while others might not last so long. On rare or collectible guns I can't see any good reason why someone would want to accelerate any wear or stress components that won't be easily replaced.
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Your advice makes good sense and is well taken.
However, I have seen more 1911's and Browning Hi-Power's slammed than closed gently.
I shall mend my ways.
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Most serious bullseye shooters I know, hold the hammer spur back with the right thumb, and release the slidestop with their left. Easing the slide forward, can make the first shot print differently, as the barrel lockup in some guns will be different, from normal cycling. Letting the slide snap forward, works better.
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Your advice makes good sense and is well taken.
However, I have seen more 1911's and Browning Hi-Power's slammed than closed gently.
I shall mend my ways.
Sadly, I see a lot of people flip cylinders closed on revolvers too. Just because a lot of people do it, doesn't mean it is right. Along those lines, I do commend you for actually thinking about it and asking whether it was correct or not. I wish more gun owners would do so regarding their treatment of their guns. I've seen some pretty abused guns in my time, especially in inherited guns where the new owner isn't familiar with older firearms.
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