1911 fall away mags

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by spittinfire, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Alright, so I got the Kimber out again today and started playing with it again. I was very upset, I got over it and since I've got the gun, it's going to get 1 more chance before I decide to unload it.

    When I was playing with the magazines, I found that I actually had to pull the magazine out of the weapon which I don't like at all. Is this normal? In some cases it wouldn't even seperate from the base of the grip and I would have to pull it out. Is this the mag or the weapon?

    One feature I like on my XD is that when I push the release, the mag falls to the floor, leaving an open well for a fresh one. Even when the mag is empty. Thoughts??
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Jesus Spitty - Just call it a loss brother... LOL You are NEVER going to be happy with that weapon... LOL

    All my mags fall from my weapon when I depress the mag release, if the weapon is straight up and down, except for my H&K & my Kimber .22 ( it has the plastic magazines ). I have to wrist snap it to get those to drop.

    I seriously wish I had the extra cash lying around to just cut you a check and get that thing away from you so you can rest easy with your Tactical Plastic. :D
     

  3. NGIB

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    All of mine drop free from all of mine as well. I did have a buddy that was having this problem and if I remember correctly there was a burr on the mag release catch which caused the problem. He removed the catch, smoothed the burr, and viola - it worked. YMMV
     
  4. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'm more then happy with my XD but I figured over 100 years of an unchanged platform has earned a second look. Not to mention it's a Kimber....not exactly the rep of a Jennings. I'll give it another chance....I'm a man of second chances.
     
  5. Dillinger

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    Well, the next step would be to run a couple of cotton balls along the mags and along the inside of the mag well. See if there is something that is snagging them that shouldn't be....

    Try taking the grips off all together. That will give you a real good, clear image of what is going on inside the handle when you press the release....

    JD
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I will try this.

    Let me refine my question. Is it in the 1911 design to hold a magazine in the well verses having it drop free? In a combat situation, I would find a drop away magazine favorable but I'm learning the 1911 platform which is the reason for my question.
     
  7. Dillinger

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    All of my 1911's have magazines that drop free and clear, provided I don't have it turned 60 degrees off center of something.

    If you turn it upside down, it won't throw them out the top. :cool:

    But yes, if it were mine, I would expect the mags to drop free and clear when I hit the button to release...

    JD
     
  8. NGIB

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    Just remembered one I had a few years ago. The grips screws could be turned so tight that they touched the mag - causing no drop free. I put a small spacer under the grips (thin rubber) and didn't overtighten - problem solved. Finally realized the previous owner had installed slim bushings and forgot to replace them when he sold the gun with regular grips & screws. Also, only snug grip screw - no need for a torque wrench.

    Take off the grips and see if the mags drop...
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2009
  9. Dillinger

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    Yeah, that sounds like good advice. :D
     
  10. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'll do that tomrrow. My wife wants some chocolate and I'm hoping it leads into something else.....you gents have a good evening. Thank you for the advice.
     
  11. canebrake

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    Is the mag void rusty? joke.gif
     
  12. spittinfire

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    I must have missed the memo on aluminum rusting...thanks cane.
     
  13. spittinfire

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    Problem solved....apparently I had the screws on the grip too tight. I looked in the mag well and there was plenty of room between the end of the screw and the frame but I loosened them up a little bit and the mag falls clear. Thanks for the help guys.
     
  14. NGIB

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    Glad you found the simple answer spitty. On a few of mine with fancy grips, I use tiny rubber O'rings (from the plumbing aisle at Lowes) on the grip screws...
     
  15. mr1911

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    Amazing,............
     
  16. NGIB

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    What's amazing?

    What I find amazing is that a member with a handle like mr1911 didn't jump in and offer any help or suggestions. At some point, all of us were newb's with 1911s and the most valuable thing we experienced folks can offer is help and advice when asked...
     
  17. cpttango30

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    I was thinking the same thing will all these guys pissing and moaning about their 1911 with a little spor of rust. Good lord. It is not the gun your lazy ass didn't clean it right "Put Your BIG Girl Panties on and DEAL with it.".
     
  18. mr1911

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    Sorry I couldn't go back in time and answer this post before you did, I do enjoy giving advice to those who genuinely want and deserve it.