Recoil Springs

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Polygon, May 30, 2012.

  1. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    After how many rounds do you replace a recoil spring? Does that amount change depending on the gun or not?
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    You do not need to replace any springs unless something happens to them. So in most cases the springs are never replaced.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Some owner's manuals recommend certain springs be changed at specific intervals.

    Usually when the used recoil spring is 1" or more shorter than a new one.

    If buying a used firearm, sometimes it is worth the cost to replace all springs for piece of mind.
     
  4. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    It can depend on the pistol. For example, recoil springs on the 3" & 3-1/2" 1911s are recommended to be changed more often than the 5". I've read as low as 500 rounds for the 3" & as high as 5000 rounds for the 5".

    Personally, I suspect these round counts are on the conservative side & if it's just a range gun, maybe have a spare on hand & don't worry about it until it stops feeding properly. For a SD pistol, what's the cost of a spring when compared to piece of mind?