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Colt vest pocket .25 problems

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by hatchetbearer, Dec 3, 2012.

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  1. hatchetbearer

    hatchetbearer Member

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    Greetings all,

    I recently found a colt vest pocket hiding under some floorboards of an old barn
    After cleaning it up and fitting a barrel to the lugs, I have all the pieces put in place.

    I tried racking the slide, and dry firing, to no avail, tried chambering a round, and the slide will not come back far enough to chamber, and catches on the forward edge of the rim.

    I was thinking either spring could be too long. Thoughts?
     
  2. stageman

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    http://www.coltautos.com/1908vpdi.htm

    Maybe this will help. I have one and it shoots perfectly. You have to be careful how you reassemble the sear and trigger/mag disconnects and grip safety if you took the pistol down that far.
     
  3. hatchetbearer

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    I'll give it another look, I took the grip safety and springs out, but I couldn't get the magazine disconnect or trigger out because the trigger pin wouldn't drift.
     
  4. Jim K

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    Sounds like a problem in the firing pin area, maybe a replacement spring or spring guide that is too long.

    Jim
     
  5. hatchetbearer

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    would anybody care to measure their firing pin, guide and spring? the actual part of the pin that contacts the primer seems unnessacarily long. protrudes out of the slide a good 1/4" or so.
     
  6. VA27

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    Yeah, it sticks out that far because it's also the ejector. My striker spring is 1 13/16" with 25 coils and the recoil spring is 3 1/2" with 25 coils.
     
  7. hatchetbearer

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    Thanks, I'll measure everything today.
     
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