1911CC wrote:Any time the slide moves to the rear the hammer must move as well. (The hammer rests on the firing pin stop which is a part of the slide.) Since the slide and hammer are moving, if you push the slide rearward 1/4" that should be enough to engage the half cock notch on the hammer. This is a normal safety feature, your gun is operating normally.First, if I hold the gun with one hand and press the muzzle with the other hand the barrel/slide always moved about 1/4 inch. What seems different now is that the hammer goes to half cock. I don't ever remember that happening before.
I'll check this out when I get home tonight. I think you are correct that you must release trigger pressure in order to fire after depressing the grip safety.Second, if I put force on the trigger to fire without engaging the beavertail grip safety the trigger will not move, as expected. But while maintaining the force on the trigger if I squeeze the grip safety the gun will fire. Is this normal? I seem to remember you have to release the force on the trigger and then engage the grip safety and then pull the trigger, but again I can't be sure.