The shock of the slide slamming home causes the sear to bounce against the hammer. The finely honed edges of the sear can chip or be damaged from this impact. Once or twice probably won't hurt, but don't make a habit of dropping the slide on an empty chamber. It can ruin a good trigger job - and make a bad trigger job even worse.Originally posted by elsworth:
In the meantime, why is it bad for the sear surface to let it run forward at full speed on a empty chamber?
I find this one a little far fetched too. I really doubt that letting the slide slam home will do anything to the extractor.Originally posted by elsworth:
Still, I wonder. What does the Extractor have to do with all of this?
Isn't it just sitting there, if there is no cartridge in the chamber for it to have to bend around? Does the vibration of being slammed forward w/ no cartridge, do it like a tuning fork or something, and thus weaken it?
I find that far fetched.
Set me aright guys.