Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Springfield V-10 Ultra Compact

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Denmark116, Mar 2, 2004.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. sdrillsgt

    sdrillsgt Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2009
    Messages:
    1
    Location:
    Phila PA
    V10 Pistol

    I just purchased a Springfield Armory V10 and having read the threads here I find it interesting, some of the comments I wonder about.

    But it's a shame that some people are rude and can not be like the bouncer in the movie Road House " Be nice"

    My V10 was used LOL and had a broken barrel lug other then that it's a fine carry weapon. As far as noise if you where hearing protection when shooting indoors or outdoors when practicing then it's not a problem.
    The muzzle flash that was talked about was not noticed by me at all.

    I'll be firing the weapon at the next IDPA match in my area. And to the web commandos Be Nice:)

    And for those who would like to know the S stands for senior I was one of the Senior Drill Sgt. in the USAR
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2009
  2. 01indianbob

    01indianbob Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2010
    Messages:
    1
    v10 compact

    Ok, I've heard a lot of 'damning' of the V10, so I am compelled to convey my thoughts as well. I am a retired lawman of 25 years service. For the last 10 years of my carreer, I carried a V10 for my backup. I qualified with it every six months with no problem at all. It was very accurate right out of the box, and the flash from the compensated barrel...WHAT FLASH! There is no flash unless you are the only person I've ever heard of that your eyes do not blink when you pull the trigger on a cannon. Everybody else got a kick out of my V10...it made it easier for them to shoot during 'low light' excercises. When I shot, my flash lit up all the targets...then everyone else shot. And, the only miss feed I ever got was 'staged' during training excercises. I've still got mine and have no intent of selling it. Oh...my duty weapon was a Para-Ordinance P14 with some extra 'bells and whistles'. My other backup was a Remington 1187P loaded with buckshot, rifled slugs and Sabot rounds. I was a cop just outside of Houston, Tx.
     
  3. thomasnguyen714

    thomasnguyen714 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    I had a chance to pick up a Stainless loaded V10 Ultra Compact with 3 magazines for $350 and couldn't pass it up EVEN if it had extraction problems. The logic was as long as everything is within specs, I could narrow down the problem and fix it. I'm going to talk a little about what steps I went through.
    After picking up the pistol, I proceeded to the range with a variety of ammunition to include LSWC, LRN, Ball, Hydra-Shoks, Gold Dots, and Remington HPs. It was disappointing right from the first magazine. From the first magazine, I experienced failure to extract FTE and FTF at the time when the new round was not able to enter the chamber. Most of the times however, it was just a straight FTE. I pulled the extractor and examined it very carefully but every looked fine. I retensioned the extractor and proceeded to shoot again but again the gun experienced FTEs. Wondering if maybe I missed something on the extractor, I went home to order a new extractor from Brownells. While looking through the website, I saw a few things that I thought I'd order to customize my new gun so along with the new extractor, I ordered an S&A Magwell, some Wolff springs, and a Wilson Combat two piece guide rod to get rid of the annoying stock guide rod and spring set up.
    When the package finally arrived, I was pretty excited to start working on my UC V10pistol. I tensioned and fitted the new extractor and installed all of the other parts. I quickly grabbed the same assortment of ammo and headed to the range. Disappointingly again, the pistol jammed with FTEs. I headed home and started searching through the internet for all the possible reason a 1911 would have extraction issues and came upon an article about barrel links. I read how in the old days, the guys would install longer barrel links to cam the barrel up harder resulting in a tighter lock up. Wilson also came out with a guide rod set up call the Group Gripper or something like that. In that same article are other reasons why you would and would not use longer links and the effects of using longer links. Well to make it shorter, if you have a short link, the barrel would unlock sooner and vice versa, if you have a longer link, it would delay the unlock a little longer. I then realize that maybe my link was too short and the extractor was trying to extract the case while the case is expanding at the same time inside the chamber. Reading the article a little further confirmed that having a link that is too short will in fact cause extraction problems because the barrel would unlock too soon and the extractor will indeed try to extract while the case is expanding. I remembered I had a set of links that I had ordered before for another 1911. The set I had consisted of 5 links of varying sizes in increments of .003 inch. I measured the links and selected one that is the next size up from what was in the pistol.
    The next day, I was at the range again with 250 rounds of the same variety of ammo. Oh, I forgot to mention that I polished the ramp since I had the pistol apart also. Anyway, I'm happy to report that the little booger digested every round with no malfunctions whatsoever! I was a little sad when I ran out of ammo as I wanted to shoot some more. It grouped beautifully from the 10 and 15 yard line. I did not test it for accuraccy at the 25 yard line because my primary concern was the reliability. The tightest group was with the 230 grain Federal Hydra-Shoks. So after all this, I guess all I'm trying to say is that if you experience FTEs, make sure you check the extractor AND the barrel link for timing. I hope this helps. I'm still really glad I didn't pass this pistol up as it turns out, a $4 link solved all of my problems.
     
  4. oasis618

    oasis618 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2009
    Messages:
    491
    Location:
    Tacoma, WA
    I think a fireball coming out of my gun in a dark parking lot would be very impressive indeed.
     
  5. thomasnguyen714

    thomasnguyen714 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    V-10

    As much as I love this gun now, it is but one gun in my arsenal so I don't plan to carry my V-10 around. I carry a stock Glock 27 with trijicons and a compact magazine and two spare Glock 22 mags. My G27 has not disappointed me yet and stays by my side most of the day and night
     
  6. legsdiamond213

    legsdiamond213 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2010
    Messages:
    1
    Location:
    Mid-Hudson Valley , NY
    Ultra Compact V-10 Stainless Steal

    I'll Tell Ya I Got My V-10 About 8 Years Ago Or So....I Had A Novak Combat Adjustable Rear Sight And A Ambidextrous Safety Along With Extended Slide Release
    Installed She's A Little Heavy At Times But I Love It Use The McCormick's 8 rd Mags Which Fit Flush...Out Of All My Pistol's This Is My All Time Concealed Carry....
    Yes The Porting Keeps You Right On Target Especially Shooting 230gr
    But She Love 165 To 185gr

    Now As Far As The Larger Capacity I Would Like To See It
     
  7. ConcealedPeace

    ConcealedPeace Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    I still own a v10

    I still own a v10, and I must say it is very picky with ammo and mine did frequently hang up until I started handloading. At first it was double feeding and stovepiping a lot. The friendly neighborhood gunsmith said the extractor wasnt engaging properly so after a little TLC with a dremel tool that problem is fixed, and I occasionally had to bump the slide (hotter loads and a stiffer spring may help with this). It started performing MUCH better when I started running only handloads with a good factory crimp and after that I really had no serious problems as long as I kept it clean. As far as accuracy, I can routinely and easily shoot milk jugs at 25 yrds free standing. Rapid fire is where it has really shined thanks to the compensator IMHO. It really helps to keep the muzzle down and flash has never been an issue for me. With a little practice a competent shooter can empty a clip in 2 seconds and put everything inside the five ring at 8 yrds. Bottom line, its like an old jaguar. It has a lot of quirks but once you iron them out you have a solid gun. If you want straight out of the box dependability get a Glock/XD(m)/HK
     
  8. Denezin

    Denezin Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Owned one until it was stolen. Shot it night or day and could nail a chest sized target within 100 yards with all 7 rounds. Reliability- Had one problem with the extractor not having enough strength to strip the round but with my warranty it was replaced and havent had a problem since.
     
  9. harmon rabb

    harmon rabb Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Messages:
    2,699
    a compact 45 is not a hand cannon. 45 is really a pretty tame cartridge in terms of recoil. a 357 j-frame... now that's a hand cannon. recoil from a compact 1911 in 45 is really not a concern, so you don't need porting, which is going to blind you should you ever fire it in the dark.
     
  10. daehawc

    daehawc Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2007
    Messages:
    132
    Location:
    Milton, FL
    Just picked up a used V10 from my dealer a couple months ago. It had just returned from a long list of work done to it at springfield to include the fitting of an extra non-ported barrel, spring replacement, etc. Got it on trade from a G36 and G19 that I no longer wanted.

    I immediately took it home, cleaned it up, and took her to the range. Initial shoot was about 250 rounds (200 FMJ, 50 Critical defense). Not a single malfunction. My only complaint was the gun pinched me a little in the web of my hand and is a bit snappier than a full size 1911. Good gun and will be my carry gun for a while.
     
  11. Noggles

    Noggles Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2011
    Messages:
    6
    most ftf issues with the V10 are the 2piece recoil spring. The springs are screaming every time you fire. They need replaced every 1k-2k depending on who you talk to. also the smaller of the 2 guide rods is threaded. either pull it apart and degrease it and tighten it up very snug or loctite it. dont go past red loctite or you wont be able to replace the recoil springs.

    Have had my V10 for around 7 years now only time I had an issue was when I first bought it used and didnt know you had to replace the recoil springs as standard maint. its a machine just like your car it needs plugs oil and love your shocks dont last forever.. your milage my vary but if it is maintained you will be happy with it.
     
  12. five.five-six

    five.five-six Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2010
    Messages:
    145
    Location:
    PRK anaheim
    5 years? that's quite the necro post

    I find myself in a dificult situation. I currently have the need for a carry gun and money is real tight. I have few choices in guns I own and fewer choices in guns I can afford, which is none.

    choices are:

    1) springer V-10
    2) Davis .380
    3) the wifes's ported 6" .357 (which won't make her happy at all)

    What do you think?
     
  13. ChopperKen

    ChopperKen Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2003
    Messages:
    262
    Location:
    Mid Michigan
    I have a v-10 bi-tone. I don't understand the hating on it
    Mine does what it should. Shoots well for a carry gun.
    My 13 year old daughter shoots milk jugs with it at 25 yards.
    And I have carried it for 10 years with no problems other
    than some bad reloads. Yes the porting does light up the night.
    But I kinda like it.
     
  14. ExTank

    ExTank Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    358
    My V-10 is also a reliable, accurate shooter. No problems with it whatsoever.
     
  15. osteodoc08

    osteodoc08 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2005
    Messages:
    1,261
    Wow. Talk about a zombie thread. I didn't have the 1911 V-10 but had an XD V-10. HAD. Muzzle blast of the 40 gave me a headache. Do what you will, but ill personally stay away from ported guns. If you need ports for better controllability, perhaps that isn't the gun for you to begin with?
     
  16. 45Fan

    45Fan Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2010
    Messages:
    337
    Location:
    Indiana
    The 40 is a bit snappier round, so the porting would be a bit louder with it. I have had a v-10 for 4 years or so now, and do carry it on occasion. It isnt noticeably louder than a standard Colt officers model, and thought the porting does help with follow up shots, its isnt bad without porting (even in a LW model). The Reason I picked mine up was the price, just too good to pass up. It has been reliable with factory hollowpoints, and even my reloads, once I figured out where the COAL needed to be for this gun. It isnt as accurate as my Government model, but it still prints neat 4" groups at 15 yards, so I am comfortable that in a self defense situation it will be plenty accurate for my needs.
     
  17. five.five-six

    five.five-six Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2010
    Messages:
    145
    Location:
    PRK anaheim
    I don't need porting, I just got a great price on the gun. I have another 1911, but with the trigger work on it, my local LE would never sign off on that as a carry gun for my permit.
     
  18. dep214

    dep214 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2013
    Messages:
    1
    Location:
    ft worth,texas
    not sure what people are looking for. common sense tells one that any ported gun will be louder.being ported does not make it a bad gun.the type of gun dictates the type of shooting you will be allowed to do. if one shoots a gun for something other than it is made for you will have problems.i read every post and looked at ever problem stated. I have not had any of those problems.i have put hundreds of rounds thru my v10 and never had any of the problems stated.i am a retired deputy sheriff with 25 years of service.i will not and never did have a gun that would function poorly because my life depended on it. a micro gun is not made to shoot like a full size .that is where a person will get into problems.it really sounds like people do not know what they are shooting.shooting the correct ammo also makes a giant difference. I shoot 230 gr ammo with a a Winchester t-series bullet.people scare me that have guns and do not understand what they are doing
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page