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Parts of the Firearm

Congratulations on your choice of an E-RPCTM pistol. With proper care, it should give you many years of dependable use and enjoyment. For best results, we recommend that you use Remington® Ammunition. The ammunition used in factory testing your firearm against our rigorous function and performance standards. 

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Overview

Learn the important components of your Model 1911 firearm.

General Operation

The Model 1911 R1 series handgun is a recoil-operated, locked breech, single action, single stack, auto loading pistol. The 1911 R1 handguns are capable of firing successive shots with each pull of the trigger. At the start of the firing cycle when a chambered cartridge is discharged and the bullet has exited the barrel, the barrel and slide moves rearward unlocking the barrel from the slide by pivoting downward. The slide causes the disconnector to disengage the sear, thereby disabling trigger function. As the slide continues rearward the spent cartridge is extracted from the chamber and ejected from the pistol. The hammer is cocked as the slide completes its rearward motion. As the slide moves forward, a new cartridge from the magazine is pushed onto the feed ramp. As the slide completes its cycle, the new cartridge is placed into the chamber, the barrel pivots up and locks into position. The slide causes the disconnector to engage the sear, thereby restoring trigger function. Once the last cartridge in the magazine is discharged and ejected, the slide will remain in the open position. 

Important Parts of the Firearm

Serial Number and Caliber

The serial number is located on the shooter’s right side of the receiver below the slide. See Picture 2.

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Specifications for the correct type and caliber intended for use in your pistol is located on the shooter’s right, through the ejection port, on the barrel when the slide is in the fully forward position. See Picture 3.

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WARNING! Only use the cartridge type and caliber of ammunition specified for your handgun, as designated on the barrel. See “To Load the Firearm."

The Safety Mechanism

The safety mechanism of the Model 1911 R1 series handgun provides protection against accidental or unintentional discharge under normal usage when properly engaged and in good working order.

The safety mechanism is not a substitute for following the rules of safe firearm handling. The Safety Lock prevents the slide, trigger, and hammer from any movement when engaged in the "ON" or "SAFE" position.

The safety mechanism cannot be engaged unless the hammer is in the fully cocked position (See “The Hammer”). To activate the safety mechanism, cock the hammer by moving the hammer to the full rearward position. Push the Safety Lock located at the rear of the receiver up until it stops and is fully engaged in the safety engagement notch of the slide. See Picture 4. Do not touch the trigger while moving the Safety Lock. Your fingers and all other objects should be kept outside of the trigger guard.

Before handling or inspecting the firearm, always fully engage the safety mechanism when the slide is in the forward position and the hammer is cocked by moving the Safety Lock up fully into the safety engagement notch. See Picture 4. 

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When you are ready to discharge the firearm, disengage the safety mechanism by pushing the Safety Lock downward until it stops. See Picture 5. 

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When the safety mechanism is disengaged the firearm is ready to FIRE.

Do not touch the trigger while moving the Safety Lock. Your fingers and all other objects should be kept outside of the trigger guard and away from the trigger until you are actually ready to FIRE. Never pull the trigger when the safety mechanism is in the “ON” or “SAFE” position.

Even when the safety is engaged in the “ON” or”SAFE” position, careless handling could cause the firearm to discharge. See The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety

Grip Safety

The Grip Safety is located in the rear of the grip below the hammer. See Picture 6. The grip safety prevents rearward travel of the trigger unless the handgun is held normally in the shooting hand with a firm positive grasp.

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WARNING! The firearm will discharge or FIRE when the trigger is pulled, the safety mechanism is in the “OFF” or “FIRE” position, and the grip safety is fully depressed. 

Additional Features

Besides the manual safety mechanisms, the Safety Lock and Grip Safety, of the Model 1911 R1 series pistols incorporate passive features providing additional protection against accidental or unintentional discharge under normal usage and in good working order. These passive features such as the disconnector, inertia firing pin system, firing pin block, trigger guard, and the quarter cock/hammer stop all work without direct input from the user as long as your firearm is kept clean and in good working order.

WARNING! Do not alter, bypass, or render these features inoperative. 

The Hammer

The Model 1911 R1 series handgun has three (3) hammer positions. 

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AT REST- this position is when the face of the hammer is resting on the firing pin stop.
QUARTER COCK - this position is when the hammer is pulled to the first stageable position, functioning as the Hammer Stop.

Note: Always control hammer with your thumb.
FULLY COCKED - this position is when the hammer is pulled to the second stageable position. The full cocked position is the FIRE position.

WARNING! Lowering the hammer from fully cocked to rest (decocking) position is not recommended, but if performed should only be attempted when the chamber is empty. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction. See “To Unload the Firearm."

The Hammer Stop / Quarter Cock Position

The Hammer Stop or the quarter-cock position of the hammer is a passive system which prevents unintended discharge by stopping the hammer from hitting the firing pin in the event your thumb slips off the hammer during manual cocking or in case of internal component damage.

If the hammer stop is activated, without touching the trigger, move the hammer to the full cock position by moving the hammer fully rearward. Engage the safety mechanism by moving the Safety Lock up fully into the slide’s Safety Engagement Notch. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction. See Picture 4. 

WARNING! Do NOT use the quarter cock position of the hammer as a manual safety device. Do NOT carry the firearm at anytime with hammer in the quarter cocked position. The
hammer’s quarter cock position was not designed to be a primary manual safety mechanism.

The Chamber Indicator

The Chamber Indicator is located at the rear of the barrel seen through the ejection port. See Picture 7. Observing the Chamber Indicator opening allows the user to observe if brass is present, indicating a chambered cartridge. Providing there is adequate lighting and the handgun is clean and in good working order. Never RELY on the Chamber Indicator alone to determine if a cartridge is chambered. Always open the slide and visually check the chamber and magazine to verify the presence of a cartridge. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction. See “Safe Firearm Handling.”

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WARNING! Do NOT rely upon the chamber indicator alone to verify the presence or absence of a cartridge in the chamber. See “The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.”
The Chamber Indicator may help to determine whether a cartridge is present in the chamber. The lighting conditions, cleanliness of the handgun, discoloration of the ammunition, and other factors may limit the effectiveness of the Chamber Indicator.

The Locking Device

This firearm was originally sold with a key-operated locking device to assist the owner in protecting against unauthorized use. For proper installation of the locking device, see separate instructions provided in packaging. These are storage locking devices. The firearm should be completely unloaded when stored or not in use.

WARNING! The locking device does not eliminate the need for safe firearm handling and storage, including keeping this and every firearm un-loaded and locked in a secure place when not in use. Read and follow these and other safety rules in this instruction book. Failure to read, understand, and obey these rules can result in serious personal injury or death. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction. See The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.

Keep your locking device engaged when your firearm is not in use. See Picture 8. Keep the keys in a separate and secure place, inaccessible to others. Do NOT leave your keys or any ammunition with your firearm, which should be kept unloaded and locked in a safe place. 

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The Magazine Catch

The Magazine Catch is used to release the magazine from the firearm. The Magazine Catch is located on the shooter’s left behind the trigger. To release a magazine from the receiver, hold one hand under the magazine while pushing the Magazine Catch. See Picture 9.

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Trigger Assembly

Pulling the trigger DISCHARGES the firearm.

The trigger assembly of the Model 1911 R1 series handguns have been designed for optimal trigger pull. The factory settings provide a crisp, clean trigger pull for superior performance. The trigger assembly is not adjustable. All repairs to the trigger assembly must be made by the factory or a E-RPC Authorized Repair Center. 

WARNING! Never place your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to discharge or FIRE the firearm.
WARNING! Never manipulate, adjust or change any of the internal components of your firearm unless specifically directed to do so in this instruction manual. Improper manipulation of any internal component may effect the safety and reliability of your firearm and may cause serious injury or death.

Safe Firearm Handing: 

WARNING! Always ensure the firearm is unloaded when handling, inspecting, or disassembling.

  1. Keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction throughout the inspection process.
  2. Remove the magazine by pressing the magazine catch.
  3. Keep fingers and other objects outside of trigger guard, disengage the safety mechanism by moving the Safety Lock fully down into the “fire” position.
  4. Hold the firearm normally with shooting hand while pulling the slide fully rearward with support hand. See Picture 13.
  5. With the slide fully rearward, lock the slide in the open position by pushing the slide stop up, engaging the Slide Stop Notch fully. See Picture 10.
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  6. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine well for cartridges making sure the handgun is completely unloaded.
  7. Look into the ejection port, ensure the firing pin tip is NOT protruding from the breech block (bolt face) as in Picture 11a and 11b.
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To Clear Firing Pin Block: 

  1. If firing pin is protruding from the breech block as shown in Picture 11a, disengage the firing pin block by holding the slide with support hand while disengaging the slide stop by moving it down. Slowly allow the slide to move fully forward.
  2. Once the slide is fully forward, pull the trigger fully rearward. Pulling the trigger will disengage the firing pin block, releasing the firing pin.
  3. Repeat steps 4 through 7.

WARNING! If you find the firing pin remains protruding from the breech block (bolt face) after following the “Safe Firearm Handing” procedure, then return the handgun to the factory or an E-RPC Authorized Repair Center. See “How to Obtain Parts and Service From E-RPC”

The Barrel

WARNING! The inside of the barrel must be clean and free of obstructions.
See The Commandments of Firearm Safety.

To check the Barrel for obstructions: 

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Remove the magazine by pressing the magazine catch.
  3. Disengage the safety mechanism by moving the Safety Lock down. Keep fingers and other objects outside of trigger guard.
  4. With support hand, pull the slide fully rearward.
  5. 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.
  6. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine well to make sure the handgun is completely unloaded.
  7. If the firearm is not unloaded, see “To Unload the Firearm.”
  8. Examine the breech block ensuring the firing pin is not protruding. See “Safe Firearm Handling."
  9. Insert a cleaning rod of the correct size into the muzzle.
  10. Push the rod completely through the barrel until the rod can be seen at the ejection port. 

To remove object from inside the Barrel:

  1. Insert the cleaning rod into the muzzle and lightly tap rod to free object from the barrel.
  2. Push rod all the way through the barrel until the rod can be seen at the chamber opening.
  3. If an object cannot be easily pushed out of the barrel with a cleaning rod, return the firearm to the factory or an E-RPC Authorized Repair Center.
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