Colt 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by SmokeyCDT, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. SmokeyCDT

    SmokeyCDT New Member

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    Replaced my recoil spring with a heavy duty spring. Could this keep the gun from cycling right? Its not cocking the hammer back? It was a used gun when I bought it so I don't know if that was a problem when he traded it in to the gun shop.
     
  2. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    Did you not shoot it before? It makes sense if you put a heavier spring. What kind of ammo are u shooting out of it?
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    yes that will cause that sort of behaviour. put a standard strength recoil spring in it.
     
  4. SmokeyCDT

    SmokeyCDT New Member

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    Will do. Also I shoot 230grain FMJ rds out of it
     
  5. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    For the 1911 to cycle properly (correct timing), you must have the right spring installed.

    The 5" Government Colt should run a 16# spring when shooting standard load ammo.

    Running a too-heavy spring will scrub off energy and could stop the slide's rearward travel. Using a too-light spring will beat the frame to trash.

    What is the rating of the "heavy duty spring" you installed?
     
  6. SmokeyCDT

    SmokeyCDT New Member

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    For the life of me i can't remember. It's been to long and I have 5 other firearm projects going on at the same time. The gun is a colt officers series 80. So what spring would I need!
     
  7. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    If it's a Series 80 Mk IV Colt Officers, it came with double springs. Is your guide rod skinny compared to a GI? If you went from the dual spring setup to a single you should change the guide rod.

    A single Officers spring should be 22# if shooting standard load 230 ball.

    EGW - Officer's Guide Rod Kit w/Clark Plug
     
  8. rifleshooter474

    rifleshooter474 New Member

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    Just what made you replace the standard recoil spring with this heavy one?:rolleyes: