It looks like whatever caused that "nick" (dent) raised some metal into the frame rail, causing the slide to stick. I see nothing that can't be solved by a simple file stroke; it won't require a gunsmith. The question is what caused the dent in the first place. It looks a bit like a bad magazine or a magazine button might have hit the frame some way, pushing up the metal. I would try to find the cause since even if the immediate problem is easily fixed, it may recur if the real cause is not corrected.
(BTW, I agree that some lube would help, but its lack is not the cause of the problem.)
December 9, 2007, 12:18 PM
I stripped the gun last night and cleaned it and still with a good coating of gun oil it gets hung up in the same manner. I guess I will have to take it to a gunsmith and see what he thinks.
December 9, 2007, 08:23 PM
December 9, 2007, 09:45 PM
Something doesn't look right. First is the little semi-circular "dent" we saw before. Now there is a very shiny spot back further, opposite the ejector, and the recoil spring showing through the slide at what looks like the same place. Is that spring somehow kinked and causing the binding you mention?
December 10, 2007, 01:01 PM
I'd second what Jim Keenan said!
I almost suggested a new recoil spring yesterday, but then my PC went belly up and I spent the rest of the day messing with that.
It is very possible the old spring is kinking up in the hole and binding the slide up at full slide travel. Take it out and see if the slide operates smoothly without it.
Then, I'd order a new one from Wolff and see if that fixes it.
I still am not convenced that little burr on the frame rail is even hurting anything, let alone binding up the slide.