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Old 06-28-2012, 04:26 AM   #1
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I have a metro arms 1911 i shoot about 200 rounds a week and have never had any problems. Recently though I'm haveing a failure to extract it will extract but the fresh round jams the spent shell in the barrel I've taken it to the local gun shop and the say the guns fine but it's still happening any ideas on what's wrong or if mabey I need a new recoil spring extractor whatever ? Also the problem is very intermentant once every 2 or 3 clips

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Old 06-28-2012, 04:29 AM   #2
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I have a metro arms 1911 i shoot about 200 rounds a week and have never had any problems. Recently though I'm haveing a failure to extract it will extract but the fresh round jams the spent shell in the barrel I've taken it to the local gun shop and the say the guns fine but it's still happening any ideas on what's wrong or if mabey I need a new recoil spring extractor whatever ? Also the problem is very intermentant once every 2 or 3 clips
try some better quality magazines first. i had pretty much the same one and bought much better clips and never had any problems with it.
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Sounds like some thing that would happen if the 1911 is over sprung, change to lighter action coil spring, or hold the pistol with a firmer grip (limp wrist).

Search on youtube (limp wrist) and see if it looks like whats happening with your 1911.

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+1 on the limo wrist. Happens to me every now and then, only when my grip fails. Have limp wristed it in purpose to figure it out.

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+1 on the limo wrist. Happens to me every now and then, only when my grip fails. Have limp wristed it in purpose to figure it out.
Try fitting your 1911 with a 14 or 15 pound action coil spring, and you won't be able to induce one even if you try.

Limp wrist phenomena is a modern day occurrence.

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Where do the casings land when ejected? (but check the wrist first)

The main purpose of the recoil spring is to return the slide to the "in battery" position.
The second purpose is to assist the main spring with recoil management.

Casings should land a few to the right rear (about 10-12 feet over the right should)
Too little, the spring is too much.
If the casings go to the next county, then too little strength is left in the recoil spring.

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Thanks for all the help guys it is deff limp wrist here and there but I never change my grip..going to change to a higher quality mag and lighter recoil spring..will see what happens

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You say you shoot 200 rounds per week. What ammo? How many weeks (rough total round count)?

Have you cleaned out the extractor channel, or checked it for fouling? Check the extractor and ejector for nicks, or chips.

Mags are still a good possibility, especially if feed lips have become bent.

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The feed lip was bent problem solved

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The feed lip was bent problem solved


If your feed lip was bent it would produce FTF not FTE, I think that after straightening the lip and trying it out you probably held the pistol with a firmer grip as suggested and thats what resolved the FTE problem.

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