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I bought my first 1911 over the summer, and have been really enjoying it. I had to buy the SW1911 (not that this is a problem, it has been terrific), because it is the ONLY 1911 available for sale in Mass that is under $2500.00.

My question is what is the half cock hammer position for? When should I use that?

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On some guns it's a "safety position" and others it's an intercept notch if one's thumb were to slip off while cocking.
Maybe it's a Democrat thing...:rolleyes:
 

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On a 1911 pistol, it is definitely NOT a safety notch to allow the hammer to be carried at half-cock.

It is a safety feature however, in the event that the hammer hooks or sear nose break, the sear should still catch on the notch and prevent an AD.
 

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Yes, I was specifically asking in regard to the 1911 half cock position. It is there in case some other failure causes the hammer to fall? No other reason?
 

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History has it that it was added to the design about 5 minutes after the first 1911 owner did a trigger job on his gun and required an immediate change of underwear.
 

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The half cock position on the 1911 works like a safety catch in case the full cock notch should fail. Much the same way the safety latch on your car hood holds the hood down in case the main latch should fail. In normal use the half cock position should never be used, just like you would not drive your car around with your hood half latched. The phrase "Going off half cocked" is used to refer to a person who is not prepaired for something to occur. The same applies to the 1911. At half cock the pistol is not ready for action.
 

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I wonder if the phrase "going off half cocked" came about when somebody dropped their half cocked 1911.
The term "going off half cocked" comes from the times when flintlock rifles were used. The flintlocks firing mechansim had two positions. One was half cock to prime the pan, and one was full cock when you were cocking it to fire the gun. From the half cock position, the striker does not gain enough momentum to create sufficient sparks to ignite the powder in the pan. Thus if you pulled the trigger while it was in the half cock position, and not the full cock, the gun would not fire and would be useless. This is where the term going off half cocked came from.
 

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NEVER CARRY A 1911 ON "HALF COCK"! The hammer could become perched and slip off. It is an engineering attempt at protecting the gun from an accidental discharge if your full cock engagement fails as stated by the distinguished members above on this post.
 

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Actaully, going off half cocked came from the porn industry when certain male performers were too drugged up to do their scenes..
 
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