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1911 - How often should I change my springs?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by rock jock, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. rock jock

    rock jock Well-Known Member

    Yesterday I changed the recoil spring on my Kimber Compact for the first time. The gun has about 1200 rounds through it and racking the slide was feeling pretty mushy. Its like having a new gun now. Very tight and solid. This makes me wonder, though. How often should I be switching out the other springs on the gun?

    BTW, I'm not even sure I even know all the springs on a 1911 - recoil, mainspring, hammer, extractor,.........any others?
  2. Coltdriver

    Coltdriver Well-Known Member

    Some will tell you every 300 rounds, others will go higher than 500.

    I used to change springs in between those two numbers and it gave the gun a more consistent feel. I think its a good idea to toss the old springs because they sure are hard to tell apart when you get a pile of them in your parts bag :D
  3. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Well-Known Member

    I think my kimber owner's manual says 1k on the recoil spring. I can go look it up if you need.

  4. rock jock

    rock jock Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Dave. I have an owners manual, but obviously I never looked it over that closely. Since I now shhot the Kimber more than any other gun, I will probably buy several recoil springs and keep them handy. How about the other springs?
  5. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Well-Known Member

    In my manual it lists 3-4 springs and a replacement schedule. I don't know it off the top of my head but I know it's in the manual. Let me know if you want me to look it up.

    The wolf springs aren't too bad pricewise so I just keep a couple on hand and when it's time to reload my empty brass it's time to replace springs! :)

    Have a good one,
  6. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Well-Known Member

    Ok, looks like you can go here: http://www.kimberamerica.com and download the manual. The one I downloaded for what I 'think' is your pistol says the following:

    Recoil spring - every 800 rounds
    firing pin spring - every 5000 rounds
    mainspring - every 5000 rounds.

  7. Silent Bob

    Silent Bob Well-Known Member

    5,000 rounds for a mainspring? That can't be right. 20,000 to 25,000 sounds a little more realistic, even for the weird little 1911s.
  8. dsk

    dsk Well-Known Member

    300-500 rounds for a mainspring? Must be a typo, or else you're single-handedly supporting the gunspring industry. 3,000-5,000 rounds is more like it, and that goes for ANY type of handgun.
  9. Kruzr

    Kruzr Well-Known Member

    The 4" Kimbers need frequent replacement. They use a full diameter Officer's spring at 22#. Kimber recommends 800 rounds as noted above. Most people I know w/4" Kimbers, including myself, usually go 1000 - 1100 for recoil springs.

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