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Old 03-22-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
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Just picked up a stock colt m1911A1. Cleaned and put 50 rounds though it. Shoots great. Is it worth changing and up grading spring?

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Just picked up a stock colt m1911A1. Cleaned and put 50 rounds though it. Shoots great. Is it worth changing and up grading spring?
if it shoots great, why would you need to change anything?
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I have had several say you should up grade the spring on some of the older models.

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Rule number one....no pics...it did not happen. Show us your workhorse!

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Here it is

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Nice colt! Thanks for sharing.

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Leave the springs alone.

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If the gun is used and you don't know how many rounds were put through it before you snagged it, then yes, by all means, change the recoil spring. In addition to having peace of mind, you also have a spare recoil spring.

You should do that with any used firearm if you don't know how many rounds were previously put through it.

The Colt 1911 is a good pistol, but it requires regular maintenance just like any other weapon.

If you want to "set it and forget it", so to speak, flat wire chrome silicon springs are the best way to go.

I simply buy replacement Colt parts from Colt and change them out whenever necessary. That means about every 1K-2K rounds down the pipe. Some people do it more frequently, some less frequently. I don't shoot anything else except factory 230gr FMJ Winchester or Remington.

If you notice any failures to feed or extract, that generally means you have a weak spring, assuming the magazine functions correctly. Yes, the extractor is a sort of spring. Most failures are going to be magazine and ammunition related.

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I have had several say you should up grade the spring on some of the older models.
if it shoots great and operates like it's suppose to, i see no reason to start changin things.

a philosophy i fall back to is this, if it's not broke, don't fix it.

i only make changes to either personalize the gun to my tastes, to make improvements that enhance the operation or accuracy of the fiream, or to fix minor flaws in the design of the firearm.
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It's pretty hard to wear out a 1911 recoil spring. Unless it's rusted it should be fine.
If the recoils pring was worn out, why wouldn't all the other springs be worn out?
I have seen hundreds of WW2 era US-issue 1911a1s/. I have never seen one with a worn out recoil spring!

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