Do slide-stop notches wear out?

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Alexy, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. Alexy

    Alexy Well-Known Member

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    Oct 30, 2016
    Hey everyone, I have one inquiry about the notch for the slide stop on my 1911.

    Are they known to wear out/get run down to the point where the slide won't lock back? Has anyone ever experienced this before?

    Of course I only mean with normal use. Abusing it would obviously do it, but has anyone had this happen to them before with normal use?

    I use the slide stop to chamber rounds, I'm a bit concerned if this will mess up the notch over time? Or if this is even a thing? (If it's not a thing, don't hesitate to tell me. :) )

    Alexy
     
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  2. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

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  3. Alexy

    Alexy Well-Known Member

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    Oct 30, 2016
    I read that in the voice of Bender. :D
     
  4. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    The only issue I’ve ever had with them is a Brown peening. That was more attributed to a slide stop issue than the notch it’s self.
     
  5. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    If your slide won't lock back it's a bad follower in your mag, or your slide stop needs tuned, or the detent spring is wearing out.. Have you recently changed the slide stop?
     
  6. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Reading is fundamental......
     
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  7. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    And punctuation .
     
  8. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    I don't use slide stop for chambering . Just my habit .
     
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  9. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    .........:cool:
     
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  10. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    My primary gun is a Wilson 5" Protector model in 9mm...gun is coming up on 13 yrs old....and 250,000 rds thru it...( its my primary range gun & my carry gun now for last 3 yrs) .....and I use the slide stop to drop the slide on every reload I have done in that gun....( I have broken 3 parts to date on that gun..all at around 120,000 to 190,000 rds I think.....an extractor, the shaft on the thumb ambi safety and the slide lock spring detent tube)....never had the slide lock replaced or needing service...

    So No....
     
  11. Alexy

    Alexy Well-Known Member

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    Oct 30, 2016
    No it's all fine. I was just curious if the slide stop notch (cutout) on the slide would wear out with use. But from what I see here it doesn't. My 1911 has been pretty good to me thus far.
     
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  12. Alexy

    Alexy Well-Known Member

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    Oct 30, 2016
    Wow. This shows how reliable the 1911 is. I've never broken such parts. Is your Wilson a lightweight/full size/or compact?
     
  13. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Full size, 5" , all stainless..

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  14. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    I have a full size 5" Wilson CQB also ...in black armor tuff finish ..in .45acp...with probably only 35,000 rds thru it ( its 16 yrs old now ....it was my carry gun for about 13 yrs ...).... never broken a single part on it....and I drop the slide with the slide lock on that gun too all the time...

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    Just good solid, well made, basic guns !!
     
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  15. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    The only time I have seen a slide stop hole wear was on a cheap GSG .22lr 1911 But, their slides are pretty much made from pot metal to be as light weight and as cheap as possible. I personally have never thought it a good idea to drop the slide everytime from the slide catch, but got a butt chewing awhile back because that is the way they were designed to work. However, a lot of things have been changed and added over the years, some for the better, some not so much.. But, all in all it pretty much just comes down to preference.. I sling shot my guns more often then I used the slide stop to release the slide. Like Mike said just my habit...
     
  16. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    I’ve watched many professional shooters drop the slide using the slide stop.
    Not a damn thing wrong with using it.
     
  17. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Cue the drum roll..............................
     
  18. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    There has been a recent dearth of EweToobe vids and threads in many forums stating emphatically that using the slide stop release is harmful to your pistol. I wonder who decided it was bad...
     
  19. apipeguy

    apipeguy Well-Known Member

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    Feb 28, 2014
    Glock started it in their armorer classes around 1990. “It is a slide stop, not a slide release. Don’t use it as a slide release”.

    I never, ever slingshot a 1911. It was designed to be used.
     
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  20. Yellowsupersport

    Yellowsupersport Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Interesting.... at my CCH course (which included a lot of “new gun owner” content) the instructor was using his Glock for demonstration and showed when doing a reload from slide lock, how the force of firmly inserting a new magazine was enough to release the slide. He explained this was due to wear resulting from “using the slide stop as a slide release”. Right or wrong, it’s easy to see how this becomes folklore to a bunch of new firearm owners...


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