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Old 05-31-2012, 03:30 AM   #1
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After how many rounds do you replace a recoil spring? Does that amount change depending on the gun or not?
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:37 AM   #2
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You do not need to replace any springs unless something happens to them. So in most cases the springs are never replaced.
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Some owner's manuals recommend certain springs be changed at specific intervals.

Usually when the used recoil spring is 1" or more shorter than a new one.

If buying a used firearm, sometimes it is worth the cost to replace all springs for piece of mind.
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It can depend on the pistol. For example, recoil springs on the 3" & 3-1/2" 1911s are recommended to be changed more often than the 5". I've read as low as 500 rounds for the 3" & as high as 5000 rounds for the 5".

Personally, I suspect these round counts are on the conservative side & if it's just a range gun, maybe have a spare on hand & don't worry about it until it stops feeding properly. For a SD pistol, what's the cost of a spring when compared to piece of mind?
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