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What happens when you "limp wrist" a 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by PirateRadio, Mar 10, 2008.

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  1. PirateRadio

    PirateRadio Member

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    I know this is an odd question but my new 1911 is jamming a lot and it just occurred to me that I might be "limp wristing" it.

    So, what exactly happens when you "limp wrist" a 1911?
     
  2. AirForceShooter

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    in a well functioning 1911 "limp wristing" shouldn't be a problem.

    Define your "jam"
    Failure to feed? Failure to extract?

    AFS
     
  3. PirateRadio

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    Failure to extract.

    Let me see if I can draw a picture of how the gun is jamming...
     
  4. PirateRadio

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    Not to scale but here is what is happening. The butt of the case gets wedged against the mag and the front of it gets stuck on the slide (the slide takes a pretty big bite out of it too).

    [​IMG]
     
  5. jlbraun

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    Your gun needs to go back to the factory.

    "Limpwristing" is an attempt for manufacturers to pass problems off as user error so they don't have to actually take in returns of defective guns.
     
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  6. Frandy

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    "Limp wristing" might not be the cause at all.

    As Tuner has written before on this:

    Checking and Adjusting extractor:
    http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=73565











    If it were mine, I would do the extractor test and then, if necessary,tune the extractor.
     
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    With a properly adjusted 1911 (and this also means that the recoil spring is proper for the AMMO used) you can not induce a limp-wrist failure to eject. You might have to spit out the brass, but it will eject. I would look to a weaker recoil spring or a stronger ammo.
    b-
     
  8. PirateRadio

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    So you think your standard 230gr .45ACP might not be strong enough to move the slide with the stock spring in it?
     
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    It "should" be enough. Maybe your spring is a tad heavier, or action not smooth. Hope you don't have to send it back.
    b-
     
  10. PirateRadio

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    I hope I don't either. I had to go through a whole thing just to get this gun and I don't want to spent it back out after only having it for 2 weeks...

    Plus, I was really starting to get into it...
     
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    The first thing to do is always the easiest. How many magazines do you have? Try another one. If you don't have another magazine, borrow one from somebody else with an M1911. If you have to buy one, don't cheap out. If that turns out to be the problem, replace the magazine.
     
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    Damn, you are the 1st person I've seen post, or at least had the courage, from Chi-Town,a.k.a "Daley Town"...It's refreshing...
    I agree, limp-wristing isn't your problem. I would 1st start with ammo, mags, and springs in that order....
     
  13. PirateRadio

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    Deanimator -

    I have 2 factory mags. I think it did it with both of them but I'm not 100% on that. Can you recommend a company/model of another one to get?
     
  14. PirateRadio

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    Mad Magyar

    Haha! Technically I'm not in Chicago, I'm in Homewood, IL. But no one has any idea where Homewood is so it's easier to say Chicago. I'm still in wonderful Cook County though.... :(
     
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    It's not limp wristing and it's not insufficient slide velocity. The tell tale sign is the empty case stuffed in the mag, mouth crushed by the front of the ejection port.

    It's the extractor (isn't it always?) which needs to be checked over. Check that it has a tight fit at the firing pin stop and that it interacts with the case correctly. It should at least hold a fired case if you shake the slide but should drop a loaded round (loaded not dummy). You can try adding tension but the issue may be the positioning of the extractor.
     
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    Try a diffent brand of magazine, McCormicks and Wilsons are very good, with the McCormicks being the less expensive of the two.

    Tim
     
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    The magazine is not responsible for extraction/ejection. The extractor should be able to maintain control of the case until it reaches the ejector. The mag might aid in extraction/ejection, but it should function with any mag including the ACT magazines that would have come with his gun.
     
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    I am surprised no one yet has suggested "Get a Glock" lol .....
     
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    Pirate...When the gun jams as illustrated in your drawing...is the case crushed at two points between the slide and the barrel hood?

    Does it ever appear that the empty case is being stuffed partway back into the magazine?

    Does it happen only on the last round?

    If the answer to either is yes...it's an extractor problem.
     
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    As I recall, Jeff Cooper used to demonstrate firing a 1911 using only two fingers, to illustrate the point that "limp-wristing" was not an issue with the 1911.
     
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    Funny, I just posted in another thread about limp wristing possibly being a problem and here the subject has also popped up and I haven't heard or read anything about it in years. Now twice in the same day! Anywho, I doubt seriously "LW" is the cause but I can use my limited brain power to see where a rough or even a highly tuned action might be upset by the user absorbing small amounts of it's recoil energy. That said, I have tried to get a LW failure with my 45's and am unable to do it. I was bored !
     
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    intresting... the only one that failed that test was a glock...
     
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    The Pink Pistols mails you a membership application.

    :scrutiny:
     
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    Homewood?

    Yes, a fairly nice town there. Is Three Brothers still at the main junction of downtown? How about that gun shop over in neighboring Glenwood? It was the only place I had to shoot for years. Been many years since I have been up there. Helped catch two burglars in the act there in Homewood. One was just down the street from the Dunkin Donuts and he had all the cops in town on him in seconds!

    The Doc is out now. :cool:
     
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