1911 Gate Latch

A picture that Empty Cases took at the Gunsite training academy.   (Please tell me the combo is not 1911 :P )

Definitely cooler than the Bolt Action Rifle Door Lock I posted about a while ago.



That one guy June 3, 2011 at 02:12 am

Betcha cant do that with yer glock.


bigghoss June 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

why would I want to? I wouldn’t even do that to a hi-point let alone a 1911.


That one guy June 3, 2011 at 05:45 pm

Because they’re ugly :3


Jeff June 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Ugh, so painful to watch, and here I am scrounging money to save up for one.


bigghoss June 3, 2011 at 05:47 pm

I don’t think they’re ugly, but they won’t win any awards for looks either. they just sorta are. and they’re a lot less sensitive than my 1911 and cost half as much.


Ed June 3, 2011 at 06:45 pm

Some people have more money than sense.

If he wanted it to be better he would have used a backstrap with a lock, and then used that to lock the slide and that would lock the gate closed. Then again, whoever did it should have just used a normal locking mechanism instead of this dumb idea in the first place.


DocN June 4, 2011 at 04:16 am

Why does everyone assume they “ruined” a *functional* gun to make that?

1911’s, being the “Harley” of the pistol world, are quite frequently subject to homebrew DIY mods, by guys that think they can clean up the feed ramp with a little Dremellin’, or think they can “tighten up” the action a little by squeezing the slide rails in a vise, or whatever.

Between that sort of thing, plus most of a century’s worth of heavily-abused GI guns, worn-out parts are plentiful. Check any gun show- you can find basketloads of 1911 parts that are too far gone to use in an actual decent gun, but not quite so badly ruined they need to be thrown away.

You can bet money that gate-latch gun was put together with worn-out and junk parts. The frame was probably worn, the slide probably had a crack in it, the hammer and safety are GI units and probably too worn to use, etc.

The resulting piece may not be what you’d call “practical”, but it IS interesting, and certainly distinctive. And these days, what better advertising can you think of than to have something someone willtake pictures of and post them to the internet? :)



Bill May 19, 2021 at 09:11 am

Lol, better hope law enforcement never comes to the gate… “officer, I’d love to let you in…. but I’m afraid I’ll be shot as soon as I grab the gate latch….”



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