For those with a Harrison slide stop

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by puddi_nugget, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. puddi_nugget

    puddi_nugget Well-Known Member

    433
    Feb 5, 2014
    Hey fellow addicts,

    I am currently in the process of writing down on paper my next build with one of our fellow 'smiths. I had a question for those with a Harrison slide stop.

    If you hold your 1911 with your left hand (yes, please pretend to be a left handed shooter :o.o:), can you get enough leverage to push the slide stop down with your index/trigger finger? I have attached a picture of the technique said above. If you are a lefty, and have had good experiences with this technique, could you also let me know?

    When I had a Dan Wesson, their Valor slide stops are HUGE ledges and made it very easy. I have not tried the 10-8 gen 2, but those look workable as well. Maybe the Wilson semi-extended slide stop fits the bucket as well.

    Thank you so much for trying this and for feedback.

    Edit: the picture is of me attempting to do this, however, the Wilson slide stop does not have a big enough ledge or surface area for me to do this.
     

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  2. Whiten

    Whiten Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2017
    I have one on a 5" 9mm with a 10lb spring so it's easy for me to do that. I would think even with a heavier spring you could do it.
     
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  3. puddi_nugget

    puddi_nugget Well-Known Member

    433
    Feb 5, 2014
    Which slide stop are you referring to? Harrison? Are there any others that work like this for you?
     
  4. Whiten

    Whiten Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2017
    I have the Harrison slide stop and thumb safety on my pistol.
     
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  5. aegiswa

    aegiswa Well-Known Member

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    Feb 2, 2016
    I do this routinely with my weak side hand on pretty much all my 1911's, used slide stops include Springfield's, Baer's, Dan Wesson's (Ed Brown), Wilson's, Nighthawk's and one Springer sporting a 10-8. Haven't tried the Harrison's yet I do have one coming my way though :)
    I will mention I do have big paws and do not suffer from weak hands.. So I guess that needs to be considered.
     
  6. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I put the Wilson extended on a Kimber Super Carry Pro for the lefty in our family. It came with the ambi thumb safety. Almost good to go as I'm waiting for a limited production run of right side mag. release.
     
  7. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    My first question would be, why are you using the slide STOP to release the slide?...

    Then I would tell you that the same company that makes them for John makes them for me (Greider) and yes, you can use them in that manor to release the slide if you so choose.
     
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  8. puddi_nugget

    puddi_nugget Well-Known Member

    433
    Feb 5, 2014
    Hi Joe,

    Good question. As you can see in my picture, I primarily use the FCS to release the slide. My off hand will grab the slide between my index and thumb to release it after inserting the mag. See Frank Proctor for a good example of this.

    As part of my training, I like to have over-sized controls my firearms in the event something happens in a real life situation or I am wearing gloves. Maybe my hand gets injured or I am holding a loved one. I may not be wearing a belt because it's the middle of the night so I can't rack the rear sight off the belt.

    Short answer, I like my options for fighting guns.
     
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  9. puddi_nugget

    puddi_nugget Well-Known Member

    433
    Feb 5, 2014
    Thank you, this helps. Your mitts must be much stronger than mine. I cannot release it with the GI style slide stop or Wilson. Definitely need a ledge.
     
  10. aegiswa

    aegiswa Well-Known Member

    200
    Feb 2, 2016
    Now I will add that I normally prefer to use the slide to slingshot it rather than the slide stop - but as you mention in single hand drills is when I use the method - I do have a 3.5 micro that can be challenging with a new spring in it ..
     
  11. puddi_nugget

    puddi_nugget Well-Known Member

    433
    Feb 5, 2014
    My thoughts exactly.
     
  12. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    Uh because I have a LB Stinger . I actually do it quite often with all my guns. To each his own.


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  13. puddi_nugget

    puddi_nugget Well-Known Member

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    Feb 5, 2014
    @Joe C

    I just noticed you added the 2nd part of your message regarding your slide stop. Are yours available outside of your builds?
     
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  14. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    Of course.
     
  15. hks1911

    hks1911 Well-Known Member

    349
    Oct 7, 2018
    The Harrison Design has a pretty good size ledge if you want to use it that way. I have one on my 10mm.
     
  16. Fred_G

    Fred_G Known Agitator

    Dec 29, 2015
    Just tried this with my WC. Can do no problem. Stock slide stop.
     
  17. og556

    og556 Member

    31
    Nov 11, 2013
    No issues doing this with my Alchemy Prime.
     
  18. JNW

    JNW Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2017
    I can do this with all of my 1911s - they have the huge DW to much small slide releases. And yes, I use my slide release to release my slide because it is consistent. So there.
    Jeff
     

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