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springer spring question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by walking arsenal, Sep 14, 2004.

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  1. walking arsenal

    walking arsenal Member

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    i think the recoil spring in my gun needs replacing. how many pounds is to many for a springfield GI? i think someone said not to go over 14 pounds? what about a 16?

    im also doing the mag springs 11 pounds right? i just want to make sure before i order them.

    im also guessing to test the recoil spring before i test the mag springs, or can i do both at once.

    W.a.
     
  2. perry1963

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    from what i have read colt uses 16lb recoil springs so when i replace mine thats what i use, never had a problem, 11lb for magazines is also fine.
     
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    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

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    Springer Spring Things

    Howdy WA,

    All the GI Springfields that I've seen so far have had recoil springs that test
    at 13.5-14 pounds, but yours should be okay with a 16-pound Wolff. The
    11-pound mag springs provide a little insurance against last round rideover feeds with a 16 pound spring.

    Mine came with a spring that was identical in wire diameter and coil spacing as a Wolff 14-pound spring...but it was two coils shorter.

    In over 25 years of testing, I've never found a new Colt Government Model
    with an OEM 16-pound spring...Most run very close to 14 pounds, give or take a tenth.

    Luck!

    Tuner
     
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