Springfield Ultra Compact 1911 Feeding Ques


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Driveway
December 26, 2012, 04:14 AM
I picked up a Springfield Ultra Compact 1911 a couple of months ago and finally was able to shoot it the other day. It was used, but had very little wear. From the price I paid, I figured someone had had feeding/jamming issues with the gun and didn't want to mess with getting it fixed. Took it out to the range, and sure enough, it didn't want to chamber a round quite frequently. No set pattern. Field stripped the gun, it had been cleaned prior to shooting, nothing noticed as a significant burr or metal to metal contact. Reassembled and while working the slide I noticed that occasionally the slide would stick about 1/2 in from being fully closed. If I put my finger on the muzzle of the gun, it'd snap closed. Fired it a little more, same problem. Maybe less frequent, but not a whole lot. Looking at the top of the barrel/chamber area, there's wear from the rear locking lug on the slide.

If I were to take a lapping compound and run it on the slide barrel area, what would that do to the lockup? Do those have to have a sharp edge to lock up properly? If lapping isn't the right answer, what about lightly polishing the rear lug on the slide?

Secondly, more mags for the gun, can I get any 6-7 round mag and it will work? My 8 round Chip McCormick mags for my full size 1911 will cycle rounds same as the one 6 that came with the gun, but won't lock the slide back on empty. Not enough spring pressure after the last round.

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MADDOG
December 26, 2012, 09:47 AM
Does your UC have a full length guide rod? I bought a used one also and it had the GI type guide rod. It also had "hammer follow". I sent it back to SA and they went through it and fixed it. They also put a full length guide rod in it. I haven't had any problems with it at all. BTW SA didn't charge me for the fix.

JTQ
December 26, 2012, 09:57 AM
I agree with MADDOG, I would send it to Springfield. They have a legendary customer service reputation. Let them fix it. They will do it right.

Walkalong
December 26, 2012, 12:28 PM
Call Springfield. They will fix it for you free. No reason to go any other route.

jem375
December 26, 2012, 12:34 PM
It is my carry handgun, I put a Wolff heavier recoil spring in mine, I use Federal HST +P ammo in mine and it works great with no problems..

9mmepiphany
December 26, 2012, 03:33 PM
Please let Springfield fix it.

Without a complete understanding of how it is supposed to correctly lockup, it is more likely that you will do more harm than good

Driveway
December 26, 2012, 06:04 PM
Well I didn't know Springfield had that kind of CS. Fortunately I will be able to send it without any hassle. Living in bush ak sometimes makes shipping much more difficult, thus the question. Fed ex doesn't really service where I live. You can't drive to here from anywhere. I am convinced it's just a little tight on some of the wear points. I am a mechanic, I do have some clue whats going on. And it doesn't necessarily help the industry out, but one doesn't have to be totally helpless when it comes to maintaining your own stuff, be it a gun, car, or anything else.

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