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Operating the Firearm

Overview

Read detailed instructions about loading, unloading, and other operation of your Model 1911 firearm.

To Load the Firearm:

WARNING! The specific ammunition cartridge suitable for use in your firearm is marked on the barrel. Different cartridge types and calibers are not interchangeable. Do not use any ammunition other than the designated cartridge specified for your handgun. Do not use ammunition marked with Plus P, “+P” or any other high velocity or pressure ammunition.
Using incorrect ammunition in your firearm can result in a severe malfunction of your firearm or ammunition leading to personal injury or death. See The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.

Ammunition

Always check the cartridge for the correct designation before loading the firearm. To find additional information on ammunition,
see Remington® Arms catalog or visit Remington ® website at www.remington.com.model1911_cartdridge.jpg

The 1911 R1 series pistols were designed to use cartridge(s) listed: 
.45 AUTO.........230 GR MC..........835 FPS

AUTO - Automatic, GR- Grains
MC -Metal Jacket, FPS - Feet Per Second.

Other correct caliber cartridges not listed above of various types or bullet weights may or may not function acceptably. Ammunition not described above, should be tried and thoroughly tested by the user before relying on it.

E-RPC™ or Remington® Arms Company,Inc., cannot be responsible for malfunctions encountered while using other ammunition besides what is specified.
WARNING! Do not apply oil, grease or any lubricants to cartridges. Lubricants interfere with the proper performance relationship between the cartridge case and chamber, necessary for safe functioning. If the powder charge is affected by the lubricant, the cartridge may not fully ignite, pushing a projectile into the bore where it may become lodged. Firing a subsequent cartridge into the obstructed bore will damage the  firearm, which could result in serious personal injuries or death to you or others.

To load the Chamber and Magazine:

NOTE: The bore should be cleaned before loading the firearm the first time. Follow cleaning instructions shown in “To Clean Barrel”.

  1. Always point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism by moving the hammer rearward until fully in the cock position.
  3. Move the Safety Lock up fully into the slide’s safety engagement notch. See Picture 4.
  4. Release the magazine by pressing the magazine catch, located on the receiver behind the trigger.

To Load the Magazine:

WARNING! Always check the cartridge for the correct caliber before loading the firearm. Do not attempt to exceed the cartridge capacity of the magazine box.

  1. Push up to seven (7) cartridges of the correct type and caliber, one at a time, sliding the cartridge under the magazine feed lips until the cartridge head is against the rear wall of the magazine. See Picture 12. Keep the cartridge bullet aligned pointing toward the chamber.
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  2. Push the full magazine into the magazine well of the firearm.
  3. Make sure the magazine is fully and securely latched into position.

WARNING! Do not use excessive upward force when inserting a loaded magazine into the magazine well. Excessive upward force could cause an open slide to move forward, chambering a cartridge.

To Load the Chamber:

  1. Disengage the safety mechanism by moving the Safety Lock downward until it stops. See Picture 5.

  2. Hold firearm normally with shooting hand, while pulling the slide fully rearward with support hand. See Picture 13. Keep fingers and other objects outside of trigger guard.
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WARNING! Before releasing the slide make sure fingers, hands, and clothing are clear of the slide movement forward.

  1. Once the slide is in the full rear position, release the slide, letting the slide move freely forward.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism by moving the Safety Lock up fully into the slide’s safety engagement notch. See Picture 4.

WARNING! The firearm is now cocked and loaded. Always engage and keep the safety mechanism in the “On” or “Safe” position until ready to discharge the firearm. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.model1911_headphones.jpg

To Discharge the Firearm:

WARNING! Always wear eye and hearing protection when discharging your firearm. See “The Commandments of Firearm Safety.”

  1. To ensure proper firing control due to recoil, grip handgun firmly with both shooting hand and support hand. See Picture 14.
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  2. Point the muzzle at your intended target.

  3. Disengage the safety mechanism by moving the Safety Lock down into the “OFF” or “FIRE" position. 

  4. Acquire target and pull the trigger. The firearm will discharge each time the trigger is pulled until the magazine and chamber are empty.

  5. When the last cartridge is discharged, the slide stop will engage, holding the slide in the open position.

  6. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine to make sure the handgun is completely unloaded. 

To Unload the Firearm:

WARNING! NEVER assume your firearm is unloaded to justify careless handling. Always control the direction of the muzzle of your firearm, even if you think it is completely unloaded.

  1. Keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction throughout the unloading process.

  2. Ensure the hammer is in the fully cocked position and the safety mechanism is engaged by moving the Safety Lock up until it stops and is fully engaged in the safety engagement notch of the slide. See Picture 4.

  3. Release the magazine by pressing the magazine catch.

WARNING! E-RPC’s Model 1911 R1 series pistols does NOT incorporate a magazine disconnect. The pistol is capable of discharging a chambered cartridge with the magazine removed.

  1. Disengage the safety mechanism by moving the Safety Lock down.

  2. Pull the slide fully rearward, ejecting the chambered cartridge.

  3. With the slide fully rearward, lock the slide in the open position by  pushing the slide stop up fully engaging the slide stop notch. See Picture 10.

  4. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine well to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.

  5. While holding the magazine separate and apart from the firearm, slide the top cartridge forward and out of the magazine. Repeat until the magazine is completely empty. See Picture 15.
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To Adjust Sights:

WARNING! Before adjusting the sights, make sure the firearm is completely unloaded and the safety mechanism is engaged.

Certain Model 1911 R1 pistols are equipped with a fixed front sight. The rear sight is only adjustable for windage (left or right adjustments). To adjust, move the rear sight in the direction you wish the group to move on the target. Lightly tap the rear sight in the desired direction. Use a brass, plastic drift, or punch to reduce marring.

WARNING! Use extreme care when moving the rear sight with hand tools. Wear eye protection to avoid serious personal injury. 

Certain Model 1911 R1 pistols are equipped with an adjustable rear sight for both elevation (up and down) and windage (left and right). To adjust, move the rear sight in the direction you wish the group to move on the target.

Adjusting the elevation screw:

  1. clockwise will lower the point-of-impact.
  2. counterclockwise will raise the point-of-impact.

Adjusting the windage screw:

  1. clockwise will move the point-of-impact to the left.
  2. counterclockwise will move the point-of-impact to the right. 
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