1911 question

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Mason609, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Mason609

    Mason609 New Member

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    I'm new to 1911s, and have a question about mine.

    I have a S&W 1911, and when I rack the slide, it feels more difficult unless the hammer is cocked first. Is this normal? If not, how do I fix it? If it is, is there a way to change it?

    Thanks..
     
  2. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Normal...it will loosen up over time as you shoot it. I have a 1911PD and it was also really tight when new. Have you field stripped it and oiled the slide rails...that will help as well. If it is a real problem for you, you can switch out the recoil spring for a lighter one but I don't recommend making any changes until you get a couple hundred rounds through it.
     

  3. Mason609

    Mason609 New Member

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    I've had it for a couple of months, and put about 300 rounds through it. I bought it off of my lgs owners friend before he passed, so it's used.

    I've also lubed the slide rails (as I normally do on all my semis), but I only have a hard time when the hammer isn't cocked.
     
  4. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Still don't think its a problem. When the hammer is forward it is under tension from the mainspring. Racking the slide, you have to overcome the resistance of both the recoil spring, about 18# and the mainspring, about 23#. When you manually cock the hammer you remove the tension of the mainspring.
     
  5. Mason609

    Mason609 New Member

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    OHHHHHH....

    Ok. That's what I was looking for. Like I said, new to 1911s. Most of my other handguns have been hammerless types, so... not something I'm used to. I carried an M9 in the Army and never felt that kind of tension, which is why I was wondering if it was normal on a 1911.

    Thank You, that really helped alot.
     
  6. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    you're welcome. The Beretta definitely has a lighter slide pull, 9mm and .45ACP differ greatly in power so the M9, given it's size and weight, doesn't have to deal with a heavy recoil like a 1911 does. I have a CZ compact in 9mm and the slide pull on that is a bear as well.
     
  7. canebrake

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    That extra effort when racking the slide with the hammer down has everything to do with the timing. It keeps the barrel locked up for a split second and slows the slide speed down as it compresses the main spring.

    Do yourself AND your gun a favor and don't mess with the gun's timing.

    Making it easier to rack the slide will degrade accuracy and the gun will beat itself to ruin.

    Man-up and run the gun the way JMB designed it! :eek:
     
  8. kvtcomdo

    kvtcomdo New Member

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    Different efforts while racking slide.

    Perfect answer to the newby's ?. Concur completely.;)