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Minor problem with RIA 1911 Officer's model

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by clone, Feb 27, 2010.

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  1. clone

    clone Member

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    I have been having a problem with it stopping just short of going into full battery once every 200 or 300 or so rounds and requires a very light nudge to send it home. When I first got it it did this a bit more often (every 25 to 50 rounds) and I replaced the recoil spring with a Wolf 22lb (which was about 1/2in longer) and it seemed to reduce the problem to what I have now. Originally I thought it just needed a break in period but after about 1000 to 1500 rounds I think it has had plenty of time for that. Any idea's?
     
  2. Ridgerunner665

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    Reloads or factory ammo? possible OAL or crimp issue

    Have you took it apart and inspected it...looking for any unusual wear on the lugs or barrel feet?

    I'm no gunsmith...but those are my best guesses based on what you posted.
     
  3. Drail

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    Take a round and cover it completely with a black magic marker. Run it in and out of the chamber and look for marks. They will tell you where to go next. Do this with a perfectly clean chamber.
     
  4. PigButtons

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    Did it go away for awhile right after the Wolff spring install and recently start back again. The officer length pistols are notorious for rapid spring fatigue. Many manufacturers recommend replacement every 500 to 700 rounds especially if it is a single spring configuration.
     
  5. clone

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    Ridgerunner665,
    Mostly CCI and Remington FMJ, but I have started working up a load recently. The 20 or 30 rounds I loaded so far have not given me any problems.
    I have noticed the feet (holds the barrel link?) showing a little wear on the bottom front, but not what I would call excessive.

    Drail,
    I have been inspecting the spent brass for reloading recently and have not noticed any scratches or gouges other than the normal expanded brass abrasions from extraction.

    PigButtons,
    I think it has been fairly consistent since the new spring was installed.


    It seems to be just enough to keep me from trusting it.
     
  6. HisSoldier

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    If your Officer's will accept flat wire IMSI springs that will pretty much solve the short spring life problem.
     
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