Remington 1911 R1


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Ole Humpback
June 2, 2013, 04:26 PM
I recently bought a brand new Remington 1911 R1. Its a great no frills gun. I field stripped it before firing and Remington did a great job on packaging it. All it takes to disassemble it is to turn the barrel bushing, remove the spring plug and the rest is cake. Getting it back together is a bit of a trick from handling the spring plug and bushing wrench in the same hand, but thats not a problem in and of itself.

Put 50 rounds through it yesterday and aside from 3 problems feeding (this is most likely the magazine still getting broke in as the feed issue always happened with two rounds left in the mag, need to see if its just one mag or both of them) the gun shot very consistently. My shooting needs to improve a lot (I was having trouble shooting a 4" group at 5yds), but it was a lot of fun to shoot.

I look forward to learning the ins and outs of this gun.

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KTXdm9
June 2, 2013, 07:57 PM
Congrats on your purchase. Pics are always nice. :)

rcmodel
June 2, 2013, 08:19 PM
There is a way to take down a 1911 and put it back together without any need to fight the recoil spring plug.

Pull the slide back to the take-down notch, and push out the slide stop.

Now wrap your hand around the slide and dust cover and slowly let the slide go foreward off the rail.
While holding the compressed recoil spring in your fingers.

Once the slide assembly is off, you can pluck out the recoil spring and guide.
And have your way with the barrel bushing free of spring tension.

You can put it back together the same way.

rc

YZ
June 2, 2013, 08:28 PM
I recently bought a brand new Remington 1911 R1. Its a great no frills gun. I field stripped it before firing and Remington did a great job on packaging it. All it takes to disassemble it is to turn the barrel bushing, remove the spring plug and the rest is cake. Getting it back together is a bit of a trick from handling the spring plug and bushing wrench in the same hand, but thats not a problem in and of itself.

Put 50 rounds through it yesterday and aside from 3 problems feeding (this is most likely the magazine still getting broke in as the feed issue always happened with two rounds left in the mag, need to see if its just one mag or both of them) the gun shot very consistently. My shooting needs to improve a lot (I was having trouble shooting a 4" group at 5yds), but it was a lot of fun to shoot.

I look forward to learning the ins and outs of this gun.
What ammo did you shoot?

Ole Humpback
June 2, 2013, 08:56 PM
Congrats on your purchase. Pics are always nice.

Pics attached. It comes with two mags, Owners Manual, and a cable lock. Bear in mind this is the first time I've ever shot a 1911 and only the third time I've ever shot a handgun. Prior to that target, I could count on one hand the number of handguns and rounds I had shot out of them. So, before I say the gun has problems, I'll work on my handgun shooting skills.

Recoil wasn't bad for me. The gun weighs 2.5lbs without a loaded mag and weighs nearly 3lbs with the mag in it. My BLR with scope & sling and 5rds of 257 Roberts comes in just under 7lbs. So its a weighty gun for certain.

There is a way to take down a 1911 and put it back together without any need to fight the recoil spring plug.

Pull the slide back to the take-down notch, and push out the slide stop.

Now wrap your hand around the slide and dust cover and slowly let the slide go foreward off the rail.
While holding the compressed recoil spring in your fingers.

Once the slide assembly is off, you can pluck out the recoil spring and guide.
And have your way with the barrel bushing free of spring tension.

You can put it back together the same way.

rc

I will have to try this the next time I clean it, which should be after my trip to the range this weekend.

What ammo did you shoot?

Magtech 230gr FMC. Its $30 a box for 50rds compared to the $45 a box for 20rds of the Federal JHP Personal Protection ammo that I also have for it.

The ammo fed just fine. The feed issue that I had was when the next to last round was being chambered, the last round in the mag was also trying to slide out and feed as well. Next time I shoot, I'm labeling the mags to see if it is a single mag that is the problem or if its just the mag springs breaking in.

Other than that one hiccup, the gun worked perfectly. I'll figure I'll hold judgment and tweaks until after I've put about 200 more rounds through it.

BYJO4
June 2, 2013, 08:58 PM
Congrats and your groups will get better with practice.

Ole Humpback
June 2, 2013, 09:01 PM
Congrats and your groups will get better with practice.

Thanks! I was very happy with myself that I was able to at least shoot consistently and not wander all over the place on every shot.

YZ
June 3, 2013, 12:33 AM
Nothing wrong with that ammo usually. Could be indeed a new magazine that needed a little stretch exercise. I also own an R1 and shoot it for sports. No problems. It is every bit as good to me as the Colt Gold Cup was.

TennJed
June 3, 2013, 12:37 AM
love, put some buffalo horn grips on and must say it is purty. Shoots great to boot

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7360669214_4a616f5c61_z.jpg

mjsdwash
June 3, 2013, 01:24 AM
switch to gi mags. problems go away

JohnSkiS
June 3, 2013, 02:49 AM
First, congrats on the new purchase. Second, I have had a Remington 1911r1 since pretty close to when they came out, and I also had an issue similar to yours near the end of the magazines. And, not that it's any help, but maybe it's a little hope. My springs wore in a little and the problem DID disappear, so yeah. Congrats again. It's a nice pistol for the price especially.

JTQ
June 3, 2013, 07:19 AM
Ole Humpback wrote,
Getting it back together is a bit of a trick from handling the spring plug and bushing wrench in the same hand, but thats not a problem in and of itself.
I'm kind of surprised to see you need a bushing wrench for the R1.

davers
June 3, 2013, 08:06 AM
Awesome! Nice handgun...I just bought the Enhanced version a few weeks ago...the bushing is tight on mine as well. So far as your shooting, if I were the bad guy, every one of those shots would have put me down for good!!! :)

Dave

YZ
June 3, 2013, 08:22 AM
No shame in using a bushing wrench. So the manual says. I bet you'll be using your thumb before the end of the year.

William51962
June 3, 2013, 09:41 AM
Thanks for your instructions on R1 1911 take down. I just purchased a R1 and am about to break it down for her intial cleaning. So excited to soon load her up and let her talk...

Ole Humpback
June 3, 2013, 08:56 PM
First, congrats on the new purchase. Second, I have had a Remington 1911r1 since pretty close to when they came out, and I also had an issue similar to yours near the end of the magazines. And, not that it's any help, but maybe it's a little hope. My springs wore in a little and the problem DID disappear, so yeah. Congrats again. It's a nice pistol for the price especially.

Thats what I was thinking. And besides, its not like practicing alot is a bad thing. The gun gets broke in faster & I become a better shooter. Thats a win-win-win in my book!

Lucky Derby
June 4, 2013, 07:08 AM
Congrats. Nice pistol.

hgte2001
June 4, 2013, 08:41 AM
First of all lots of good field striping instructions for the 1911 published out there. Follow the ones in your literature as it is laid out for you.

No issues on magazines for me. Over 500 rounds no jams of any sort.

Group at 5 yards was less than 2" and I easily held a 3" group at 25 yards.

The guns are tight and my two shooting buddies who have them also reported very good accuracy.

VetPsychWars
June 4, 2013, 08:41 AM
I'm kind of surprised to see you need a bushing wrench for the R1.
All of the Remington 1911's have a fitted bushing, so they all take a wrench to get it out, at least at first. Perhaps mine will wear in eventually so that I don't need it.

Tom

Ole Humpback
June 9, 2013, 09:20 PM
Question:

Would I be able to reproduce my "end of mag" feed issue by manually cycling (ie I rack the slide myself) live ammo through the gun or is that too slow for the issue to show up?

Also, would this reveal FTF issues with different types of ammo?

Speedo66
June 11, 2013, 04:46 PM
Looks like a nice gun, just have a problem with manufacturers only finishing a gun part way, and expecting the consumer to finish the job.

Pistols that need to be "broken in" to fire successfully, are incomplete as far as I'm concerned. I expect a pistol to function correctly out of the box.

I'm OK with them getting smoother as they wear in, but for a new gun to not feed, fire, or have jamming problems is unforgivable.

Hard to think of other consumer products that would be able to get away with this.

1KPerDay
June 11, 2013, 04:54 PM
Question:

Would I be able to reproduce my "end of mag" feed issue by manually cycling (ie I rack the slide myself) live ammo through the gun
The only thing that will solve your feeding problem is new quality mags, IMO.

Try Chip McCormick shooting star or power mags, or Metalform, or Colt, or Mec-Gar, or Tripp, or Wilson, or....

Ole Humpback
June 11, 2013, 06:14 PM
Looks like a nice gun, just have a problem with manufacturers only finishing a gun part way, and expecting the consumer to finish the job.

Pistols that need to be "broken in" to fire successfully, are incomplete as far as I'm concerned. I expect a pistol to function correctly out of the box.

I'm OK with them getting smoother as they wear in, but for a new gun to not feed, fire, or have jamming problems is unforgivable.

Hard to think of other consumer products that would be able to get away with this.

This isn't an issue with the gun, this an issue with the magazine and so far since its not a consistent issue, I'm not entirely sure its the magazine. 3 hiccups out of a box of fifty rounds doesn't constitute an issue with the gun, magazine, or ammo. For all I know, I got a bad batch of ammo. Way too many variables/unknowns at this point to be going wagging the finger at Remington.

The only thing that will solve your feeding problem is new quality mags, IMO.

Try Chip McCormick shooting star or power mags, or Metalform, or Colt, or Mec-Gar, or Tripp, or Wilson, or....

The reason I asked if manually cycling the gun with live ammo would reproduce the issue is that I have for the last few days just sat in a chair and cycled Federal JHP rounds through the gun manually. No FTF, Jams, or even the hiccup I experienced at the range.

Instead of saying "go out & spend more money", I need an answer to the question I asked.

1KPerDay
June 11, 2013, 06:26 PM
Instead of saying "go out & spend more money", I need an answer to the question I asked.
I gave you the answer, regardless of whether you like it or not. Hand cycling ammo will not reproduce the feeding problems you experience during live fire. If you're reluctant to buy known good quality magazines, at least get some wolff +power magazine springs for the magazines you have. Have a nice day, sir.

Ole Humpback
June 11, 2013, 06:29 PM
Hand cycling ammo will not reproduce the feeding problems you experience during live fire.

Thank you!!! That quoted part was all I needed to know. The rest I had figured out on my own. If the issue doesn't clear up with more shooting, I'll be more inclined to buy different magazines. They run for ~$30 on Brownell's so its not like they are the end of the world to me. I just hate throwing money at problems that can be solved without money is all.


Now, onto my first serious accessory purchase (outside of a holster & mag pouch): sights. I intend to use this for Home Defense and limited carry (ie wearing it while driving around) and the white 3 dot sights leave something to be desired in low light/darkness. I like the three dot setup and would like to retain that. I am not too interested in a light or laser which leaves me looking at Tritium. Since the gun comes with a Novak front sight I've been thinking about having Novak Tritium front & rear sights put on:

http://www.novaksights.com/products/sights/index.html

Experience, opinions, thoughts on this?

Fred_G
June 11, 2013, 07:36 PM
I have the R1S. It had a feed ramp that looked horrible. I will say Remington was great with paying for shipping and returning the gun fast, so if you do need to send it in for repair, they are good.

I switched to Tripp Research Cobra mags. Also, a Chip McCormick mag works great in the gun. When I first called Remington, they offered to send me a couple of mags for free right off the bat, so they may have had some issue with magazines.

I have only been able to shoot 100 rounds through mine since I got it back, but no more feeding issues. Dang ammo shortage! Hope you get yours sorted out, pretty nice gun for the money.

Ole Humpback
June 11, 2013, 10:41 PM
I haven't seen any bad machining in my R1. The feed ramp isn't mirror finished, the tool marks are extremely fine, and it overall feels smooth without burrs. I'm pretty sure its the mags because the hiccup I had happened with two rounds left in the mag. I'll give the springs more time to break in before I go switching mags.

I'm also going to put a few of my Federal JHP's through it and see what happens next time as well.

VetPsychWars
June 12, 2013, 08:58 AM
Mine shoots Hydra-Shok and HST from Checkmate GI mags just fine.

Tom

Ole Humpback
June 14, 2013, 10:53 AM
*bump*

Thoughts on Novak Tritium night sights?

Ole Humpback
June 15, 2013, 06:03 PM
Went shooting this afternoon. I put 106 rounds through it today with only 2 more of the hiccups today. Heres the ammo breakdown:

6 rounds of Federal Hydra Shock 230gr JHP - No FTF
50 rounds of Federal American Eagle 230gr FMJ - No FTF
50 rounds of Federal Premium Range Target Practice 230 gr FMJ - 2 FTF (the brass had some corrosion on it and some rust spots right out of the box)

The FTF came with 2 rounds left in the mag on my last 2 full mags (each mag experienced one FTF) of the day. Considering how crappy (by Federal Premium standards mind you) the ammo was, it may not be the mags afterall. The gun was also pretty dirty by this time, so that may have played a hand in it. I took them apart and cleaned them and will keep track of this next weekend when me & my Dad put it to the test with 300 rounds of ammo.

I am also getting my aiming & the sights figured out. I think I was shooting low because as I was looking down the sights the gun was pointing slightly downhill towards the floor. I walked my sight picture uphill until the gun was pointing slightly uphill towards the top of the target and the number of shots in the right place has substantially improved.

Also, thoughts on Novak Trituim night sights? Pictures of todays activities are attached.

medalguy
June 17, 2013, 01:11 AM
I have an R1 also, but I have not had any issues with feeding. The day after I received the gun I went to the range after cleaning the gun and put nearly 900 rounds through it using the supplied mags plus two GI mags. No issues then, and since I've run probably 1,000 rounds through it and never had the first problem with mine. All I shoot, by the way, is hardball. The ammo might be a contributing issue. Remember, JMB designed the gun to work with hardball.

Ole Humpback
June 17, 2013, 10:02 AM
Forgive me, but what is hardball? Also, according to the Remington OM, the gun is designed to fire 230gr FMJ. I fully expected my Federal JHP's to have an FTF but they didn't.

I took apart the mags this time, cleaned & oiled them. I'll keep an eye on it. If I have another FTF, I'll take a picture of it for you all to look at.

gb6491
June 17, 2013, 12:46 PM
Forgive me, but what is hardball?...
Here's as good an explanation as any: http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=3190869&postcount=9

BTW, Congrats on your R1:)
I'm pleased with my R1S. Here it is with some VZ grips installed:
http://i49.tinypic.com/32znko2.jpg
http://i47.tinypic.com/akfkmo.jpg
Regards,
Greg

Ole Humpback
June 17, 2013, 01:59 PM
Thanks Greg! Going by the link, the Round Nose FMJ I've been having FTF's on is "hardball" ammo. Nice looking R1S! I'm a bit partial to the Remington Rosewood grips, but I can do without the medallion on them. Besides, the stock walnut on my gun looks great to me.

KYamateur
June 17, 2013, 10:13 PM
My standard procedure for a new 1911 is to leave the factory mags in the box and just use Wilson 47D magazines. They can be had for under $30.00 and I have been using the same ones with different guns for several years. I only own Colt, Springfield, and a Dan Wesson and don't like any of their mags.

Coldfinger
June 17, 2013, 11:56 PM
I too have an R1 and loved it right outta the box. I found it pleasant to shoot and surprisingly accurate. Now to address your feed issues. The remington mags are horrible. I found that the mags that came with my S&W feed every round. The mags that came with my Smith are Act mags. They are a bit more affordable and I have had great success with them. I gave the remington mags to my brother.
The bushing wrench is very much a requirement due to the very tight fit. Much tighter than on my higher priced Smith.

wheelyfun66
June 18, 2013, 07:06 AM
Here's as good an explanation as any: http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=3190869&postcount=9

BTW, Congrats on your R1:)
I'm pleased with my R1S. Here it is with some VZ grips installed:
http://i49.tinypic.com/32znko2.jpg
http://i47.tinypic.com/akfkmo.jpg
Regards,
Greg
Hey gb6491,
Love the look of that stainless...is that bead blasted?
Those VZ grips look sweet too! Are those the black cherry? (hope so, as I have some coming for my new Dan Wesson!)
Remington was so smart to bring back a 1911 to their lineup!

gb6491
June 18, 2013, 03:51 PM
Thanks, it is bead blasted and the grips are the "black cherry" :)
Regards,
Greg

Ole Humpback
June 21, 2013, 06:49 AM
So, after reading the posts, it sounds like I need new mags. And just going by this thread, it seems the top 3 in this thread are Checkmate GI Mags, Wilson Combat, or Tripp Research.

I was wondering why the remington mags aren't as good as I hoped and stumbled across this:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=512922

Apparently it all has to do with the feed lips at the top of the mag. In my earlier reading, I had seen others talk about the follower and was hoping that I could change the follower and fix the issue. Oh well, such is not the case. At least mags are cheap.

Since I need new mags and will be needing at least 3 of them, I wanted to ask about 8rd mags. I'm not dead set on them, but since I'll be buying new why not. The only reason I wouldn't buy an 8rd mag is if it extened out of the handgrip. I really like how the 7rd Rem mags set flush with the bottom of the handgrip which is why I'm asking.

My first picks from what I've read for new mags are the Checkmate 7rd GI or 7rd Hybrid mags. But if anyone has a good set of reasons for different mags, I'm open to them.

Thanks for all the feedback. Looking forward to putting 350rds through it this weekend :)

wheelyfun66
June 21, 2013, 07:01 AM
8 round magazines will NOT protrude past the grip frame.

Heck, they make 8 round mags for Officer's models!

Good luck in your search, and be sure and report back!

JTQ
June 21, 2013, 08:05 AM
wheelyfun66 wrote,
8 round magazines will NOT protrude past the grip frame.
Some, 8 round magazines will be flush fit. However, most of the better 8 round mags will extend past the bottom of the grip frame.

You can find a couple of models in the McCormick line-up (Shooting Stars and Match Grade) and CheckMate has a couple of flush fit 8 rounders, but nearly all other 8 round mags will extend beyond the bottom of the grip frame. McCormick's PowerMag, Wilson 47D (and family), Wilson ETM, Tripp, ACT/Novak/Wolf, etc.

JTQ
June 21, 2013, 08:11 AM
Here are a couple of articles on 1911 magazines that I've found useful.

From the late Stephen A. Camp's blog, on his preference for 7 rounders.

http://hipowers-handguns.blogspot.com/2010/11/what-is-best-7-or-8-shot-1911-45-acp.html

On the other hand, Hilton Yam prefers 8 rounders

http://www.10-8performance.com/pages/1911-Magazines.html

tercel89
June 21, 2013, 01:22 PM
I have heard and read that some other company is making the R1 for them . Is this true ? I sure hope it is better than the way Remington is making guns for Marlin now :barf: . All the Marlins I see since Remington took over are crap ! The barrels and tubular magazines and crooked badly .
The R1 is very nice looking.

tercel89
June 21, 2013, 01:25 PM
Does anyone here know if the ejector is pinned or glued ?

gb6491
June 21, 2013, 02:42 PM
Does anyone here know if the ejector is pinned or glued ?
It's pinned (mine has a small roll pin).
Regards,
Greg

gym
June 21, 2013, 04:56 PM
I traded for 1 last year, but traded it away for an EMP, "I got the better of that deal", the guy didn't like it and couldn't rack it. But the gun shot great after I cleaned it up, what the guys are saying is true. They give you a rough gun, it needs a lot of polishing, or a lot of shooting. I would rather polish, it's cheaper. Once I got that feed ramp and throat nice and shiney, it was a good shooter, but also change the magazines, I used Mc'Cormick shooting stars. And went to an 8 rounder. The gun was like night and day after that

VetPsychWars
June 22, 2013, 02:53 PM
See, now, this puzzles me. My feed ramp and throat are factory stock on my R1S and the only issues I have are with the factory magazines, which I have replaced with Checkmate GI type.

What is the fetish with all of this polishing, when just getting a properly-made magazine will fix any problems?

Tom

YZ
June 22, 2013, 03:13 PM
I have been fortunate so far with my R1 Enhanced. The trigger had a tiny amount of creep, which was removed by polishing the sear assembly, a 15 minute job by a competent gun dealer. I did compare the trigger to about 20 different 1911 randomly picked up, among them several Kimbers, SIGs, Spingfields, a S&W, a Remington R1 Carry (a more refined R1) and three Ed Browns. Only the R1 Carry and the EB Executive (but not the Kobra) had a definitely better trigger break out of the box than the R1 Enhanced. I dry fired the regular stainless version of the R1, with a short GI trigger. Not as good as the R1E but probably just as easy for a competent armorer to bring up to speed.

Another aspect of the R1 is the sights. Like many sports shooters I found the combination of a bright red front and the adjustable unmarked black rear notch to work best for target acquisition. The other versions of R1 have GI or Novak.

PS. No feeding or other cycling issues, with 230 hardball, 185 JHP, or SWC reloads.

gym
June 22, 2013, 08:28 PM
It is possible that the earlier guns were rougher, "although I am just guessing", the one I had was full of tool marks on the feed ramp. It needed a bit of buffing, nothing that terrible, a 10 minute job. I have this great polish I use, named, "Maas", it is from Germany, and I have been using it for 40 years. I stumbled on it for some other hobby that required a polish and tried it on my walther "stainless" back in the 80's . It works on everything from refinishing brass furniture, to taking a scratch out of my stainless refrigerator. It can take off metal easily if you put your back into it. I just use it sparinglly , on and off, as many times as is necessary as it can take off a lot of metal if you aren't carefull.
It has gotten me out of many a spot with guns and fineshes of all sorts. You can find it on ebay.
If you really want to get metal like a mirror, this stuff will do that with less work than any other I have found.

Maj Dad
June 24, 2013, 04:52 PM
Humpy, if you like Rosewood grips, you'll love these ( http://www.cdnninvestments.com/co19dodirowo.html ). I put a pair on my Colt Series 80 Combat Commander & they look like a million bucks - $22.99 from CDNN.

gym
June 24, 2013, 05:53 PM
Speaking of grips, I put on a pair of "Handlers" from Sarge, at Elite. They were extraordinary, at about $100.00 for the fancy exotic, "i forgot the name" wood. The difference is they are larger than the standard size 1911 grips, they take up all of the space "even the frame, in the corner where it's angled" they are wider and larger, I never had a better looking and feeling pair of grips, I have pictures of them on the gun if you want to see, just pm me your email. I actually shot the gun better immediatlly with them on, here is a link I just grabbed for you.
http://www.shootingillustrated.com/index.php/23543/sarges-handler-series-1911-grips/

Ole Humpback
July 13, 2013, 06:37 PM
I was talking with one of my coworkers the other day and he mentioned something about Crimson Trace Laser Sights and I decided to go poking around there website and found these:

http://www.crimsontrace.com/01-9440

I do believe I've found my new Rosewood grips & a laser sight to boot!

TennJed
July 13, 2013, 08:41 PM
I was talking with one of my coworkers the other day and he mentioned something about Crimson Trace Laser Sights and I decided to go poking around there website and found these:

http://www.crimsontrace.com/01-9440

I do believe I've found my new Rosewood grips & a laser sight to boot!

I knew that crimson trace grips were expensive. I have never actually shopped for the though $300!!!!!!! Heck that is more than 1/2 of what I paid for my R1

Ole Humpback
July 14, 2013, 04:06 PM
Any input on holsters. I thought I had this figured out but as I looked more at my carry needs, the less confident I was of my initial choice.

Looking at a holster with a thumb-break for concealment and the ability to allow for strongside draw (normal carry situation) & crossdraw (when I'm driving my truck) and have came across the Dual Duty from El Paso Saddelry (an OWB holster), and the MacDaniel II from Andrews Leather (an IWB holster)

http://www.andrewsleather.com/traditional.htm

http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-160-24-dual-duty-three-slot.aspx

Thoughts on either of them?

Ole Humpback
July 20, 2013, 06:22 PM
Well, I got out today and got to put 400 rds through the gun. The magazines without a doubt are the issue. I have 6 FTF in the same manner as before as well as one time the mag pushed the round up to fast and engaged the slide stop locking the gun open. 6 of these problems happened with the same magazine. A coworker of mine loaded me one of his old Colt mags and it was the only mag not to cause a problem. I will definetly be getting new mags before my next outing.

So far, I've put 556 rds through the gun and the gun itself works great. 5/5 for Remington on building a good 1911. The mags though are a different story, I'd rate them about 0-1/5 as they are just about good for nothing more than paper weights.

Fred_G
July 20, 2013, 08:50 PM
After sending mine back to Remington for feeding problems, the stock mags work fine. I just like the after market ones better. Buy new mags, send it back to it's maker, or a combination thereof.

Guess there is a reason folks buy more expensive 1911's...

Fishslayer
July 21, 2013, 03:28 AM
Thank you!!! That quoted part was all I needed to know. The rest I had figured out on my own. If the issue doesn't clear up with more shooting, I'll be more inclined to buy different magazines. They run for ~$30 on Brownell's so its not like they are the end of the world to me. I just hate throwing money at problems that can be solved without money is all.


If it's choking on the last round you can probably just replace the spring. About $8-ish from Wolff.

I have a couple of those big $$$ magazines (cough)Wilson Combat(cough) and they don't perform as well as the <$20 Checkmates I got from Topgunsupply.

I don't know why 1911 makers have such a problem putting a good magazine in the box when they sell a gun...

mjsdwash
July 21, 2013, 03:55 AM
get the tapered lip mags, thats what it was designed for, and thats what it will work with. Never found any other answer that really worked. Also, a lot of problems you wouldent expect show up when the recoil spring gets weak, and they get weak fast. Tried every major 'fix it' mag except the tripp. Gunshow vietnam era gi mags and everything just works.

http://www.44mag.com/product/check_mate_1911_magazine_7_blued/1911_ If it every gets available these should be the ones, but i would contact them and check before ordering. The r1s is pretty, but its better when it works too

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