I have a Wilson Combat 1996A2 that I purchased NIB in '96. It's been a great performer, but there has been one curious problem. I'm not even sure if it *is* a problem, but here goes....
When I'm practicing with cheap dummy rounds, I occassionally get screwball misfeeds (this is not the problem I'm talking about). I realize that this is due to the fact that I'm trying to feed beat up plastic with brass base/rim Armsport dummy ammo through POS Shooting Star mags (my beat up dry fire practice mags). I take advantage of this to practice malfunction clearance.
Well, tonight I had a malfunction because I didn't properly seat the magazine (my fault). The round was too low for the extractor to bite on it, so I dropped the mag and, in the heat of the moment, cycled the slide, letting the round drop out the magwell, but causing the slide to drop on an empty chamber. End result was the slide slammed home on an empty chamber (ouch! -- my fault again...). I always try and avoid that, but figure the gun must be designed to handle a few of these throughout its lifetime. Fine. Reload, TAP, RACK and BANG.
But, I noticed that the hammer followed the slide down on the empty chamber. Come to think of it, this has happened one or two other times throughout the past four years during similar drills. Always practicing with the dummy rounds, and always when I've screwed up and racked the slide on an empty chamber. The slide has admittedly been dropped on an empty chamber, either carelessly by myself or by my friends probably fewer than 15 times.
The hammer following the slide has NEVER happened on the range, with live ammo, or during firing. It has ALWAYS happened with these dummy rounds during clearance drills and when the slide was manually racked on an empty chamber. When I've had friends handle the gun and drop it from slide lock (what everyone seems to automatically do with semiautos -- must drive gun shops nuts), the hammer remains cocked. I've since come to explain that as one of the golden rules of 1911's. And be more careful myself in the heat of practice drills.
I'm curious as to whether this is a symptomatic of using light dummy rounds, or possibly me short stroking the slide. This is such an isolated problem, this latest occurrance is driving me nuts.
I trust the gun and do not believe it is a result of a worn sear, dangerously light trigger pull (box stock WC 4.5 pound pull), or 1,000's of drops on an empty chamber. But, then again, I really don't know what it is....
Anyone else even have anything like this happen?