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Old 03-02-2012, 01:45 AM   #1
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Replaced my recoil spring with a heavy duty spring. Could this keep the gun from cycling right? Its not cocking the hammer back? It was a used gun when I bought it so I don't know if that was a problem when he traded it in to the gun shop.

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Old 03-02-2012, 01:50 AM   #2
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Did you not shoot it before? It makes sense if you put a heavier spring. What kind of ammo are u shooting out of it?

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yes that will cause that sort of behaviour. put a standard strength recoil spring in it.

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Will do. Also I shoot 230grain FMJ rds out of it

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For the 1911 to cycle properly (correct timing), you must have the right spring installed.

The 5" Government Colt should run a 16# spring when shooting standard load ammo.

Running a too-heavy spring will scrub off energy and could stop the slide's rearward travel. Using a too-light spring will beat the frame to trash.

What is the rating of the "heavy duty spring" you installed?

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For the life of me i can't remember. It's been to long and I have 5 other firearm projects going on at the same time. The gun is a colt officers series 80. So what spring would I need!

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For the life of me i can't remember. It's been to long and I have 5 other firearm projects going on at the same time. The gun is a colt officers series 80. So what spring would I need!
If it's a Series 80 Mk IV Colt Officers, it came with double springs. Is your guide rod skinny compared to a GI? If you went from the dual spring setup to a single you should change the guide rod.

A single Officers spring should be 22# if shooting standard load 230 ball.

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Replaced my recoil spring with a heavy duty spring. Could this keep the gun from cycling right? Its not cocking the hammer back? It was a used gun when I bought it so I don't know if that was a problem when he traded it in to the gun shop.
Just what made you replace the standard recoil spring with this heavy one?
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