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Old 12-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #11
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First off I have to say this is a great looking gun and the weight is great for concealed carry. But if it doesn't shoot, what good is it.

I shot some reloads through it and noticed every other round or so wasn't going fully into the chamber. When they did go all the way in a lot of them wouldn't extract. If I dropped the slide on the empty casing I couldn't pull back on the slide hard enough to extract the casing. I had to insert a cleaning rod in the barrel and tap on it to push out the casing. Thinking the reloads were the problem I shot some factory ammo and got the same result.

I couldn't see anything in the barrel after dissassembly, but after a good cleaning I noticed the rounds would drop easily into the barrel. After reassembling, I tried to chamber a few rounds and they still did not want to seat fully without a little push on the back of the slide. No I'm not riding the slide forward but I did notice the first 1/2" or so is very light when pulling the slide back. I'm thinking the springs are not strong enough.

I tried to shoot the gun again with only factory ammo and still the slide would not travel the last 1/8" most of the time without a little help. The extraction problem didn't show up again so maybe there was something in the barrel hanging onto the casings.

I'm going to contact STI but I'd like to hear any thoughts on this.
The STI chamber is cut to match dimensions. That is why Factory will feed and reloads are finicky. Adjust the resizing die and the crimp die and see if you can get once fired reload brass to spec....OR ream the chamber .002 and it will feed home made like a champ.

TIP: Remove the firing pin from the pistol and reassemble. While adjusting your dies, dry cycle your reloads until you get full in battery reliable rounds. Lock that set up in and you should be good.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #12
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question. how many rounds have you fired through it?

did you purchase it new or used?

if you are having the same problem with factory ammo a you said, my suggestion would be to contact STI and see what they recommend. i have hears good reports about their products and their service.

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The STI chamber is cut to match dimensions. That is why Factory will feed and reloads are finicky.
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question. how many rounds have you fired through it?

did you purchase it new or used?

if you are having the same problem with factory ammo a you said, my suggestion would be to contact STI and see what they recommend. i have hears good reports about their products and their service.
I mentioned in original post that I have tried factory ammo with the same results. I know they make good products. Guess I just got a bad one. I'm sure they'll fix it. It was new. I've fired less than 200 rounds through it.
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I mentioned in original post that I have tried factory ammo with the same results. I know they make good products. Guess I just got a bad one. I'm sure they'll fix it. It was new. I've fired less than 200 rounds through it.
i would hardly think the springs were wore out after only 200 rounds. having the same problem with factory ammo could rule out it being a problem with reloaded ammo, more than likely.

i don't think it so much a bad one, as one that needs some minor tweaking or adjustments. IMO, it sounds like the chamber might be a bit on the tight side.
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i would hardly think the springs were wore out after only 200 rounds. having the same problem with factory ammo could rule out it being a problem with reloaded ammo, more than likely.

i don't think it so much a bad one, as one that needs some minor tweaking or adjustments. IMO, it sounds like the chamber might be a bit on the tight side.
Again, I have mentioned in previous posts that the spring felt light before I ever fired it, and that if I remove the barrel, the rounds drop right into the chamber without any resistance. Thank you for trying to help but read the whole thread first.
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Again, I have mentioned in previous posts that the spring felt light before I ever fired it, and that if I remove the barrel, the rounds drop right into the chamber without any resistance. Thank you for trying to help but read the whole thread first.
i did read that. it still could have a tight chamber. i had one 1911 many years ago that had a tight chamber. with the barrel out of the pistol, ammo would drop into the barrel. but with it together it would have the same problem yours is having. that's why i suggest the problem might be a tight chamber.
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i did read that. it still could have a tight chamber. i had one 1911 many years ago that had a tight chamber. with the barrel out of the pistol, ammo would drop into the barrel. but with it together it would have the same problem yours is having. that's why i suggest the problem might be a tight chamber.
Doesn't make sense, but I guess that doesn't mean it's not true.
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Doesn't make sense, but I guess that doesn't mean it's not true.
ammo is at a slight angle sitting in the magazine. when the slide picks it up from the magazine, it is forced up the feed ramp at angle and into the chamber.

with the barrel out of the slide and dropping the ammo straight into the chamber, it has no where near the same resistance as it does when mounted in the slide.

i am not saying this is your problem, but one i experianced many years ago with one of my 1911's. had the chamber polished and the feed ramp angle adjusted by a gunsmith friend of mine. after that it worked fine.

others have suggested possible reasons as to why the problem may be occuring.
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I think you will find STI will make it right. Their customer service has a sterling reputation. The fact that their pistols come with a lifetime warranty speaks to their commitment to their products and customers. I own quite a few of their pistols and they've never disappointed me. If the problem is the pistol they will make it right. I don't now anything about your ammo, but I've got an Escort and shoot remanufactured ammo from Atlanta Arms and Freedom Munitions with no problems.

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I'm sure they'll fix it. I'll let you guys know the verdict when I get it back.

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