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1911 Recoil Springs

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Post by Olde Pilot 12/2/2015, 12:15 pm

Recently had many stovepipe/FTE with 1911 which never alibied. Changed recoil spring with same #. Now all OK. Always assumed old springs get soft. Is that true, or do they get harder??

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Post by james r chapman 12/2/2015, 1:09 pm

Springs are like men.
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Post by Rob Kovach 12/2/2015, 1:22 pm

Whichever it is--harder or softer--perhaps your stovepipes were caused by timing issues related to the aged spring.  Without a super slo-mo camera to figure out why the gun was stovepiping, it's impossible to know for sure, but it's a good thing that you figured out the recoil spring fixed it!
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Post by Olde Pilot 12/2/2015, 1:33 pm

Thanks. Curious about old springs. Metals can be work-hardened but just wondering about springs getting old if this can be the case.

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Post by rich.tullo 12/2/2015, 1:41 pm

2500 rounds change the spring 

#12-16 Iron sights 

#10-12 slide mounted scope

Make sure the extractor is tuned to more than 1LBS
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Post by Mark Patterson 12/2/2015, 2:15 pm

Use ISMI springs and they will last a lot longer.Their material is chrome silicon wire and not music wire. Marc Cosat @ ISMI is a SUPER GUY!!!  mp
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Post by jglenn21 12/2/2015, 2:39 pm

I'm learning to love the ISMI springs...slowly converting to them for recoil and mainsprings..
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