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Is Stainless Soft?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mauserguy, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Mauserguy

    Mauserguy Active Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    Orange County California
    I recently purchased a Springfield Arsenal 1911 GI in stainless steel. The owners manual says not to release the slide on an empty chamber less the breach should be damaged. My colt, in carbon steel, did not have such a warning. Also it said to lubricate it more than carbon steel guns. Is stainless steel softer than carbon steel? Is special care really required on a stainless gun?
  2. paperpuncher49

    paperpuncher49 Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    God's Waiting Room, AKA Florida
    Stainless steel is softer than carbon steel, but it is more resistant to corrosion. Unfortunately, everything is a tradeoff. I would recommend you should follow the manufacturers recommendation, but I wouldn't be overly concerned. I don't relaese the slide on an empty chamber with any of my autos, regardless of their composition. IMO, doing so is not a good practice. However, it is likely going to happen occassionally (unintentionally).
  3. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Mentor

    May 5, 2005
    Garrettsville, Oh.
    Sear bounce and galling.

    One is a problem while the other isn't anymore.

    Sear bounce happens when you let the slide run into battery with nothing to slow it down. This can cause the sear to bounce against the hammer and damage can occur, whether it's your Colt or your Springfield.

    Galling used to be a broblem with stainless in autoloaders, but I believe the problem (related to nickel content, I think) was fixed a long time ago. The warnings are likely to be more of a CYA thing for the manufacturer.

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