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Armory, Self Defense, And EDC => Firearms (Including Long Guns, Pistols) => Pistols and Handguns => Topic started by: POCKETS on September 20, 2017, 11:58:53 AM

Title: Slide Lock
Post by: POCKETS on September 20, 2017, 11:58:53 AM
I have a Kimber Raptor which I bought used. (The only way I could afford one)
My problem is, I load a round in the chamber, fire it and the slide locks back as if I had a empty magazine.
I enjoy shooting the gun. I just don't like having to release the slide every time.
Can you help me?

Pockets
Title: Re: Slide Lock
Post by: David in MN on September 20, 2017, 12:09:44 PM
New mags. My Kimber is fussy. Either that or you have a worn out spring.
Title: Re: Slide Lock
Post by: kckndrgn on September 20, 2017, 12:46:57 PM
1st of, does this happen if someone else shoots the gun?  The reason I ask is you may be inadvertently applying pressure to the slide lock.  I've seen it happen when I worked at a gun range.
With a loaded mag in the gun and the slide locked back, pull back on the slide.  Does the lock drop down out of they way?  If not, you my have a worn/broke spring.
Title: Re: Slide Lock
Post by: Carl on September 20, 2017, 02:14:53 PM
Remove the slide and check with a loaded magazine slid into place ...Does the projectile in the magazine tough the slide lock ? It may be an aftermarket slide stop that can be easily replaced or maybe just needing a bit ground off so the cartridge misses the slide stop but the tab on the follower still actuates the slide stop. OR even easier can be the spring between the slide stop and the safety that is weak and needs replacement as the weak spring can allow the slide stop to move in recoil...OR is your hand and improper grip causing the slide stop to actuate?
Title: Re: Slide Lock
Post by: David in MN on September 20, 2017, 02:26:52 PM
Great points, guys.

Another thing about the 1911 is that you really need to break it in. My Kimber had feeding and ejection issues for about 500 rounds until it loosened up and began running fine. Drove me nuts but I got good at malfunctions.

Then again, maybe we shouldn't be shooting a gun devised for the cavalry.  ;)
Title: Re: Slide Lock
Post by: archer on September 20, 2017, 04:20:48 PM
Great points, guys.

Another thing about the 1911 is that you really need to break it in. My Kimber had feeding and ejection issues for about 500 rounds until it loosened up and began running fine. Drove me nuts but I got good at malfunctions.

Then again, maybe we shouldn't be shooting a gun devised for the cavalry.  ;)

you should be on a horse, it works 100% correctly on a horse.
Title: Re: Slide Lock
Post by: POCKETS on September 21, 2017, 09:52:17 AM
Thank you one and all.  You have given me some ideas to work on.
Again THANKS!
Title: Re: Slide Lock
Post by: Carl on September 21, 2017, 10:17:01 AM
Thank you one and all.  You have given me some ideas to work on.
Again THANKS!

Were you here,I could fix that in minutes as it is most likely an aftermarket slide stop that was not fitted properly to the gun. I have smithed 1911's for well over 40 years. If you remove the slide and place a loaded magazine in the grip frame you will see the projectile hit the slide stop or you will see the lack of a detent or spring tension to hold the slide stop in 'neutral' position ...If neither of these occur,it is your grip (or your lack of a horse  ;D

I have a few EARLY 1911's with the lanyard loops on the magazine base and they are a joy to own and shoot as they are original and pre 1920 and NO , they are not for sale.
Title: Re: Slide Lock
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 21, 2017, 10:20:47 AM
1st of, does this happen if someone else shoots the gun?  The reason I ask is you may be inadvertently applying pressure to the slide lock.  I've seen it happen when I worked at a gun range.
With a loaded mag in the gun and the slide locked back, pull back on the slide.  Does the lock drop down out of they way?  If not, you my have a worn/broke spring.

This was my thought. I have the opposite problem with my XD. The slide should lock open on the last round fired. If I'm not careful my thumb applies downward pressure to the lock and the slide will close when it should stay open. Not a huge deal at the range but it does mean I have to take extra care to be sure I'm out and I didn't have a dud primer. I try to be very aware of where my thumb is so I don't have this happen.