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Old 12-18-2013, 06:32 PM   #21
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I gave STI a call. They immediately said an "upgraded" recoil spring should fix the problem and they would have one in the mail the next day. It showed up a few days later. When I get back in town next week I'll let you know the verdict.
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:23 PM   #22
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For the fun of it, double check the breech face area where the firing ping extends out.
Make sure that the firing pin did not create a bur.
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Well I got the spring from STI. It's thicker and about 3/16" longer than the original spring, but I still think it's too short. Definitely noticed an improvement. The slide will always close completely when empty now. Took it to the range. Still about 1 out of every 20 rounds doesn't want to fully chamber. Huge improvement but not good enough. The slide with travel the remaining 1/8" easily if I push it with my thumb.

Also had 2 rounds FTE. My reloads won't shoot at all. They will not chamber. Case must be expanded too much. I'll have to play around some and see.
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It happens that I just came from the range with my new escort in .45. I am having trouble with feeding if I put more than 4 in the mag. It really doesn't like Gold dot or Silvertips. I thought it might be a magazine issue, but I had the same issues with a Wilson and Kimber mag. I'm really bummed about this. I assumed getting an STI I wouldn't be purchasing something that needed to go back to the factory. Their quality inspectors apparently aren't doing their job. I hope STI isn't going the road Kimber took - great product followed by maximizing profit measures.
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It happens that I just came from the range with my new escort in .45. I am having trouble with feeding if I put more than 4 in the mag. It really doesn't like Gold dot or Silvertips. I thought it might be a magazine issue, but I had the same issues with a Wilson and Kimber mag. I'm really bummed about this. I assumed getting an STI I wouldn't be purchasing something that needed to go back to the factory. Their quality inspectors apparently aren't doing their job. I hope STI isn't going the road Kimber took - great product followed by maximizing profit measures.
First, Welcome to the forum. Stop by our "Introductions" and say "Hi".

Have you tried regular ball ammo? If it seems to work with ball for the first 500 rounds, then try hollow points. STI will make it work. They are not like Kimber in that they seem to have a good customer service and a longer warranty on their product.
http://stiguns.com/resources/faqs/
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It happens that I just came from the range with my new escort in .45. I am having trouble with feeding if I put more than 4 in the mag. It really doesn't like Gold dot or Silvertips. I thought it might be a magazine issue, but I had the same issues with a Wilson and Kimber mag. I'm really bummed about this. I assumed getting an STI I wouldn't be purchasing something that needed to go back to the factory. Their quality inspectors apparently aren't doing their job. I hope STI isn't going the road Kimber took - great product followed by maximizing profit measures.
If you think the malfunctions are related to the number of rounds in the magazine, try a different magazine.

A brand new 1911 , esp commander/officer, may need to break in with ball ammo.

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I guess I never concluded this thread. I sent the gun back to STI. They were very slow getting it back to me. 8 weeks I think. The gun shoots great now with factory ammo including hollow points. It doesn't like my reloads. The chamber on the STI is milled exactly to SAAMI specs. MAYBE good for accuracy but not good for reliability.

On a side note when I sent my Kimber back. They were somewhat faster. 4-5 weeks. Both of my Kimber shoot great with factory ammo or reloads.
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Thanks for the update, did they say what the problem was, or what they did to solve the problem?
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No they really didn't say but I'm pretty confident it was something with the spring. Whenever it would malfunction it only took a small amount of pressure on the slide to fully chamber the round. Since the upgraded spring didn't help I'm thinking the spacing for the spring must have been off for some reason.
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Recoil, firing pin and main springs.

Change them out, then when you have about 1,000 round through it, change the recoil and firing pin springs
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