Series 80 Firing Pin Block Mechanism
This firing pin blocking mechanism on the Series 80 Colts
differentiates the Series 80 Colts from the "true" M1911A1
pistols. The M1911 and M1911A1 pistols do not have this device. The
purpose of the firing pin block is to prevent the firing pin from
moving forward unless the trigger is depressed. This "lawyer
friendly" mechanism is supposed to prevent "accidental
discharges" caused by dropping the pistol or catastrophic
mechanical failures. Many 1911 purists feel that the firing pin block
adds some mush to the trigger pull although it isn't very much.
Remember that no mechanical gadget can replace the safety device which
resides between your ears.
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