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Did I do Perminant damage to my 1911 or AR?

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Hello,
I recently bought a very slightly used Smith & Wesson SW1911, The previous owner had less than 100 rounds through it. When I was cleaning it I was trying to adjust a few things and wanted to make sure I got the hammer all set, without thinking (I know i messed up please dont focus on this bit), I dry fired the hammer anywhere from 12 to 30 times without he slide on. How Bad did I screw up and did I do any permanent damage? I paid 700 and it was in great condition so I hope not. I did this to my AR-15 for a while without even realizing it. Changed the trigger to a nicer setup as well but obviously it doesnt damage the trigger as much as the frames and assemblies. If you could give me input to pros, cons or if I am just over reacting in one or both cases I would appreciate it.
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welcome.

I am no expert. I defer to those of our members who are
 

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Look for cracks in the hammer stem, deformed metal at the point on the frame where the hammer contacted it.

Use a magnifying glass looking for hammer cracks.

Maybe @Joe C has some photos in his library he could share? Just taking a wild stab at this.
 

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Definitely not the best thing to do to either. I have a little bit of experience with 1911. I do have quite a bit of experience with ARs.

The hammer in most ARs will contact the bolt stop before the frame. The bolt stop should be fine, but can’t tell for sure.

This is a perfect example of what not to do to an AR or 1911.
Don’t do that shiOt again.
 

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Definitely not the best thing to do to either. I have a little bit of experience with 1911. I do have quite a bit of experience with ARs.

The hammer in most ARs will contact the bolt stop before the frame. The bolt stop should be fine, but can’t tell for sure.

This is a perfect example of what not to do to an AR or 1911.
Don’t do that shiOt again.
No more watchin Netflix while I clean my guns ....
 

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mmm... I have to let those who actually know the answer give the answer.
Anyway, welcome from Alaska!
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I wonder what Les would say if I called him up and told him I did that to my Thunder Ranch?
Please be rolling tape when you do...
 
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How this got so off topic I do not know, nor do I get the references.
Welcome to the forum. Do not worry this happens all the time
just keep reading you will get Good answers.
I must say however as a life long Mechanic it was very hard
to really know how much damage you did with a PH call or
an E-mail. I have to see it.
If I had to ask, it would seem you should tale them to a Gunsmith
for inspection. We can only guess if you damaged your frames.
Don't do this any more as it can crack the frame on any brand
1911 or AR firearm.
 

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How this got so off topic I do not know, nor do I get the references.
References.....seriously?
Are you weighting a term paper or playing with guns?
It’s really just common sense, I’ve never thought a reference was needed.

Try Google or Wiki, these subjects have been discussed many, many times over the years.
 

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Is that an early one with the mechanical firing pin safety or a newer one based off the E Series with no mechanical firing pin safety? Does it have an Aluminum alloy frame or steel frame?

On the other hand instead of ringing your hands I would call S&W customer support and talk with them about it.
 

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This reminds me why I don't like buying used guns.
 
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