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Decided to give 1911s one more try

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by boofus, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. boofus

    boofus Guest

    I saw this nice stainless Delta Elite for sale at a gunshow for $600 out the door. Just had to have it. I hope it doesn't disappoint me like my first Rock Island 1911A1, that thing was so frustrating it made me swear off the design until I saw this one.

    Anyone know where to find some factory Colt Delta grips? These Hogues are too fat and I can't work the controls. I hope it works ok and is fun to shoot. *crosses fingers*
  2. stans

    stans Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    central Virginia
    Congratulations! You have a Colt Delta Elite stainless, 10mm! And for $600, I think you did well. The factory recoil spring set up was horrible. Dual springs coming in at 23 pounds compressed on a plastic guide rod. Most guide rods came apart by 500 rounds.

    To get the Delta Elite up and running quickly, install a steel recoil spring guide rod, short or full length. I prefer a CP Bullets shock buffer on my Elite and I do think the 10mm benefits from the buffer. You will also need recoil springs. I found that 18 pounds was right for reduced loads (180 grain bullet at 900 to 1000 feet per second). I used a 22 pound spring for full power ammo.

    You can drop the springs down 2 pounds if you install an EGW flat bottom firing pin, stick with a mainspring of 21 pounds (factory) or more. This will slow down the unlocking of the pistol and not batter the slide stop pin.
  3. boofus

    boofus Guest

    I took it apart and found that the previous owner had already ditched the factory recoil spring and guide rod and replaced it with a full length guide. The slide is very hard to pull back, so the spring could be 20lbs or more. It had a small rubber buffer on the tip of the spring guide but it fell apart. I got some buffers on order from Wilson Combat.

    Can't wait to try it out. What is a good source for 10mm blasting ammo? Or will I have to start reloading?
  4. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Congrats & wise choice ;) YOu have to base your decision on quality info & your first sample didn't allow you that. This time around should be a better experience!
    Enjoy :D

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