In the bad old days, it seemed like keeping 1911s running was a part-time job with all the spring changes, extractor tensioning and magazine maintenance. Today? It seems like maybe not quite so much. Sure it’s probably best to be an enthusiast if you wish to run 1911s for serious social work. But it…seems…with the advancements in design and springs, they might have the mag thing figure out.
But old habits die hard.
One of the things I do is dry-run my magazines. Not only am I looking for lock-back. Who isn’t? But I am looking for how fully engaged the lock-back is. And is it consistent? Or are there variations or other peccadillos?
This video demos how I do the dry test and why. I hope some of you newer 1911 owners find this useful. Or at the very least it gives you a base of understanding for the “what & why”.
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