View Full Version : 1911 plunger lever dragging on frame - Advice wanted

August 19, 2007, 10:12 PM
I posted this over on the 1911 forum, but thought I would also post it here as this is my usual haunt. Any advice you have would be appreciated
I just took my new Sig GSR apart for cleaning and when reinstalling the Slide I noticed that the "Plunger lever" drags on the bottom of the slide. Once past the contact it does not seem to remain in contact with anything and moves freely. There is a evidence on the top of the lever of a small gouge where metal has been displaced. When looking at the frame from the side the lever appears to be slightly proud to the top of the frame. Is it supposed to be flush? I have about 250 rounds through the firearm and it functions perfectly. I am very familiar with handgun disassembly in general as I have several other pistols and revolvers, but this is my first 1911 and I have nothing to compare it to.

Please advise if this is a problem,

Thank You in advance,

Dick Cupka

August 20, 2007, 10:15 AM
Just a "swag", but I think you may be talking about the disconnector. If so, then yes, it should poke up just above the frame. The side pushing it down is normal, that's how it works.



Jim Watson
August 20, 2007, 12:54 PM
Or he might be talking about the lawyer lever in the frame that actuates the firing pin obstruction in the slide. Since I don't have one and that is not a 1911 part, I fear I cannot be of much help. I don't think it should have a gouge, though. And if it stands proud, there should be some specified method for reassembly without gouging it up.

August 20, 2007, 01:14 PM
Pictures are worth a ton when trying to internet diagnose your issue. Let us see what you have...

August 20, 2007, 04:28 PM
Attached jpg is the lever that is gouged, I will also upload the gouge itself

Jim Watson
August 20, 2007, 04:36 PM
Ok that is indeed the firing pin "safety" lever, and it looks gouged.
Problem is, if you stone down and smooth out the gouge, it may not then lift the firing pin block far enough.
Looks like a call to "Customer Service" is in order.

August 20, 2007, 08:06 PM
Is there a specific takedown/reinstall procedure in the manual that you may have missed? Something like not engaging the grip safety? Kimbers are that way, and if you do press the grip safety whill installing slide, the pin block will be sheared off. The Sig may be similar, and just overlooked.

+1 on Jim's comment. Call Customer Service.

James K
August 21, 2007, 01:14 PM
That is the safety lever. Its purpose is to push up on the safety lock in the slide and allow the firing pin can go forward. When the slide is in battery, the lever is in contact with the safety lock in the slide, so that when the pistol is cocked the lever rises and pushes up on the safety lock, allowing the firing pin to go forward. At rest, I believe the lever should be flush with the frame.

Is it possible that the pistol has been assembled in some way that causes the lever to stick up that way? I hesitate to simply suggest stoning the lever without having the pistol in hand.