1911 Function Check Video

Hello, and welcome to my videos. Today I am going to be demonstrating a 1911 functionality test. I have with me today my husband’s Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special. I also have a magazine with a snap cap in it.

If you’re really paranoid about the whole dry fire thing, you can go ahead and use a snap cap, or you can just do dry fire. There is dry firing required in this functionality check, so you want to make sure that there is no ammunition, empty magazine well, empty chapter. I’m going to do a visual and tactile check.

Make sure that nothing cycles out of there. Then we can go ahead and start the check. I’ll try and pull this back a little bit, so you can actually see what I’m doing here.

Okay, first… There’s no particular order to these. You can just do them in any particular order. Go ahead and put the thumb safety on. Engage the thumb safety, and grip it like you normally would, like after you have checked…

…and rechecked and checked and checked again that the firearm is empty. Go ahead and engage the thumb safety. Rack your slide and engage your thumb safety. See on this side, the thumb safety’s engaged.

Point it in a safe direction. My safe direction is that way. Pull the trigger. Go ahead and really wrench on it. I’ve done this functionality test before, and it has failed. It’s because it’s really been wrenched on. You want to be able to just really, really squeeze it and it still should… the hammer should not fall.

After you’ve done that, go ahead and disengage your thumb safety. You can see now it is disengaged. Do not disengage the grip safety. This is the grip safety here.

Go ahead and pull the trigger. Your hammer, again, should not fall. You should be able to pull the trigger and pull the trigger. The hammer should not fall.

Okay. Then after that, you want to go ahead and rack it all the way back, pull the trigger, and keep… As you slowly lower the slide, keep pulling the trigger, and your hammer should not fall until your firearm is completely. Then that is checking your disconnect to make sure that all works.

Then next you want to take your hammer and take it to the half cock, which is right there. Go ahead and pull the trigger again. Safety disengaged. Grip safety disengaged.

Now it should not… The hammer should not fall on some models. On any firearm that has a series 80 trigger system, the hammer [emphasis] should fall. There are some that do, some that don’t. Make sure you know your particular firearm and whether or not the hammer should fall or not.

If it has the firing pin safety, it should fall. If it doesn’t, it shouldn’t. It’s kind of a general rule, but rules are made to be broken. Check and make sure whether yours should or should not.

Lastly, but not least, to test the firearm, or – I’m sorry – the firing pin safety and whether or not that is disengaging as it should, we do what we call the pencil test. Go ahead and rack your slide. Point it up like an L, empty. You should check that it’s empty several times. Go ahead and drop a pencil, eraser side down, into your [inaudible][04:08] and pull the trigger. Let’s see.

It’s working! [laughs] All of that… Also, If you’re looking at particular things just in general… If you’re purchasing a new firearm and you just want to make sure that you’re still getting everything, some things that you might also want to look at… Take a look at my trusty sure fire here.

You need to take a look inside your breach. Make sure that your ejector and extractor and your breach face all look clean and nice and your… There’s the… Let’s see if you can see it. There we go. Your ejector – retractor, I’m sorry – is… Ah, there we go. Ah! In one piece. Nice and clean.

Another thing you can also check – and since I’ve got my snap cap in here – is feeding and ejecting. See if it feeds your snap cap properly, which this one did, and also eject. Ah, it ejected, obviously, because the magazine’s in. It still has the magazine in it. Slide lock that properly. Magazine eject. It should drop freely, no hang ups, anything like that. That is about it.

That is a 1911 functionality check. You can use that if you have purchased a new or a used, or if you are going to purchase a new or used 1911. You can use it if you just your gun apart and cleaned it and put it back together and want to make sure that you put it together correctly.

All those things should check out, and if they do, you have a properly functioning 1911. Hope that helped out and catch you later. Say bye!