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Old 11-15-2012, 04:00 PM   #11
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Also make sure your feed ramp is polished smooth. I picked up an R1 at academy sports and the feed ramp was black with crud and tarnish. The feed ramp should always be shiny and polished smooth. There are things in 1911s you can't see or feel that can make it drag and affect reliability such as burrs and tool marks so polishing the feed ramp, chamber, and even the slide and frame rails can make it feel smoother. Also make sure it's properly lubricated.
Feed ramps do not need a mirror finish to work right. Smooth enough is fine. If he gets to screwing around in there with a Dremel, he will void his warranty for no good reason. For the love of god, keep the damn Dremel out of the chamber. If there are huge burrs or horrendous tool marks, the gun needs to go back to Remington.
FTF issues are typically either Mag or ammo related.
Worth noting, the Magazines need to be cleaned out now & again. If the follower is bound up by crud, things will get spotty.
FWIW, it's not a Baer (or a Kimber ), break-in is pretty much moot. A gun like a Remington should simply work out of the box after a proper clean & lube
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Also make sure your feed ramp is polished smooth. I picked up an R1 at academy sports and the feed ramp was black with crud and tarnish. The feed ramp should always be shiny and polished smooth.
Don't tell my old Springfield that.
It thinks it can eat everything (even 200gr semi wad cutters that has bullet lube left on the case).

That parkerized feed ramp has been worn smooth with over 15,000 rounds through it.
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Painted ammo, a 1911 that never failed.

Its getting deep in here.




The 1911 platform is the single pickiest pistol platform out there. I've seen them all fail. From Rock Islands to Nighthawk customs, they can, AND WILL, fail.

75% of all 1911 troubles come down to mag problems. As cane said, the Tripps are great mags, and the Wilson 47D.

The remainder of issues are caused by improper extractor tension, improper grip, and old springs
Eh.....I think the picky nature of 1911s is over stated......you just have to pick the right one. The XD i used to own was more ammo picky then all but 1 of the 1911s I have owned. It is true, that the tighter fitting 1911s may be more prone to jamming then the looser fit ones and they are perhaps a tad more picky about magazines. My Colt series 70, Wilson, American Classic, my brothers Brown(with the exception of LSWC), my gun dealer's Les Baer and Wilsons, my friend's STI, my dad's Colt Delta Elite .....all fired 100% right out of the box.
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It's been said that there are no secrets about the 1911, only mysteries.

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Keep it lubed. Use FMJ ammo for the first several 100 rounds or so. No limp wristing, good tight hold. She will settle down. I have 2 R 1's and after e few range sessions both are 100%. It will be fine.

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Do Not Alter the Firearm.
Although there MAY be something wrong with the firearm, try this first.
Any mod's, including polishing the feed ramp, may make working with the Mfg more difficult if needed.

1. As noted above: Try several types of ammo.
2. Work with someone very familiar with the 1911 design. Swap Mag's and ammo.
3. Try Cane's Tripp Mag's.
4. Work with the Mfg.
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Painted ammo, a 1911 that never failed.

Its getting deep in here.




The 1911 platform is the single pickiest pistol platform out there. I've seen them all fail. From Rock Islands to Nighthawk customs, they can, AND WILL, fail.

75% of all 1911 troubles come down to mag problems. As cane said, the Tripps are great mags, and the Wilson 47D.

The remainder of issues are caused by improper extractor tension, improper grip, and old springs
Wow! My two Springers, two Para Ords, and even a PT1911 have yet to have any problem eating ammo. In fact none of them have ever had an issue. I did have a RIA that was a little picky with HP ammo when it was new bu ta little polishing on the feed ramp and that stopped too. There may be some that can be a little finicky, I found this to be more apparent with target models that are fitted tighter than a standard combat made 1911 bit I have not seen too much of an issue with any mil spec model 1911.

I think the finicky thing with 1911's belongs with the stories of Glock Leg. Sure it happens but it's more the exception, not the rule.
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There are videos on YouTube if you're not sure how to use the dremel when polishing ur feed ramp. If you're not comfortable doing it then don't, but it isn't brain surgery either

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There are videos on YouTube if you're not sure how to use the dremel when polishing ur feed ramp. If you're not comfortable doing it then don't, but it isn't brain surgery either
Or just buy a reliable 1911.
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Or just buy a reliable 1911.
So are your implying that there is something wrong with the Remington R1 that much of the gun owning world is unaware of?
Which then begs the question: What 1911 do you recommend?
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