Colt auto .25 misfiring?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by TeamTactical, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. TeamTactical

    TeamTactical New Member

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    i own a colt Automatic .25 that i inherited. the gun was made in the early 70s i believe 72 or 73 and it was a daily ccw of my grandparent. i recently took it to the range and i noticed it would misfire once or twice every couple MAGS. the ammo was new. after pulling the trigger nothing would happen, i would extract the round and notice an indentation on the primer (if thats what its called) then cock it again and it would fire fine. i was wondering if this is a problem with the firing pin or some other part of the gun or the ammunition being a dud. and if its the ammunition, is it common to get 4 or 5 duds in one box?
     

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  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Dis-assemble clean and lube first(always). Check at range to see if problem fixed. If not you might need a new striker spring.
     

  3. SatoriNoir

    SatoriNoir New Member

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    I inherited a .25 Bauer Automatic from the 70's, and I had to clean and lube it first as hiwall said.
    Shoots fine without any misfires.
     
  4. TeamTactical

    TeamTactical New Member

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    does the lube i use have to be packaged specifically for a fire arm or could i use the same lube as i have for other mechanical things such as electric razors?
     
  5. TeamTactical

    TeamTactical New Member

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    do you have any idea where i could go online or otherwise to find a striker spring for such an old model gun?
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    You can use any light machine oil. If you do not know how to strip and clean this one, PLEASE go see a gunsmith- or you may be going to see him with all the parts in a bag.

    First step should be to clean and lube the pistol- dried lube gunks up parts and impedes their free motion. Numrich is sold out of the spring for that gun, but IF it needs one, any decent smith can get you a replacement spring.

    And THAT gun is not that old. I just acquired a 12 g double last month that was made 99 years ago.
     
  7. TeamTactical

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    wow touche sir. thats pretty cool. im just starting to really appreciate the older guns. at first i was all about the newest coolest stuff. but i do know how to strip and re assemble all my guns especially this one because its pretty easy. thanks for the help.
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Some good degreaser (Bore scrubber or denatured alcohol) and a q-tip to clean inside the stiker channel will do wonders. You may be amazed at what comes out. In the 70's many folks used WD-40 on guns. It was a lousy lubricant and dried to a sticky, gummy mess. I am willing to bet you have more than your fair share of the sticky stuf in there.

    Oh, and it helps when you use MAGAZINES instead of clips. Most guns function much better that way. :)
     
  9. TeamTactical

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    Good catch robo.
    Mags*
    Its amazing how you can think you know a lot about a subject and then realize you have a long way to go.
    I just watched a vid on youtube explaining the difference between a clip and a magazine.
    At least thats one more thing i wont make myself look like an idiot saying hahaha. Thanks robo!
     
  10. mountainman13

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    This particular gun is known for two things. Not being very reliable and a safety recall. Do you have any idea if the firearm was returned for the recall? If I remember correctly they originally had a free floating firing pin. If it doesn't have a free floating pin it was returned for the recall and this could be part of the light strike issue. If it does have a free floating pin you should put it in your safe and leave it there (that's where mine stays) they had a tendency to go off accidentally and go full auto. Mine was not returned for the recall and I don't shoot it.
     
  11. TeamTactical

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    I think i remember reading about that and finding that when i looked up the serial number it was part of the last batch after that was fixed but i honestly could be making that up. All i know regarding if its free floating is that when the slide is removed and the hammer is back and i push on the firing pin from where the hammer would strike it has a full range of movement and penetrates out the little hole where it would stike. Shouldnt it lock up or something? Sorry if im lacking in certain terminology or part names.
     
  12. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Does it freely move or is it driven back by a spring?
    If you shake it does the firing pin protrude?
     
  13. TeamTactical

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    Ohh yea there is a spring in there for sure.
     
  14. TeamTactical

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    Cool ill just clean her up real good and go from there. Thanks
     
  15. BillDeShivs

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    The change was to an INERTIAL firing pin. This means that the firing pin does not protrude from the breech face when it is flush with the rear of the slide.
    Your gun is likely just dirty and in need of lubrication. It doesn't have a striker or striker spring. The gun is hammer fired and uses a firing pin.
     
  16. nitestalker

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    Most of the little 6.35 caliber auto pistols had problems with FTF. They are very sensitive to different ammo. The firing chamber must be very clean and clear of carbon. :)