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What is the correct recoil spring for Milspec 1911A1?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by art g, Mar 31, 2003.

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  1. art g

    art g Member

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    Is 18# the correct spring for military 1911A1 using ball ammo? Looking to replace the recoil spring in a Remington Rand that I recently acquired. Thanks!
     
  2. 10-Ring

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    The ones in my Colt & SA were 17#. If you order from gunsprings.com, you can just order the "Standard Weight" recoil spring for 1911.
     
  3. yankytrash

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    If I'm not mistaken, the original spring was 16-16.5#, then one day somebody decided to run'm with a 17#.

    I like the 17# myself, shootin typical 230gr ball at target loadings (850-900fps). I think most off-the-shelf 1911's are runnin 17# now.
     
  4. Wildalaska

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    18 pound unless you limp wrist, then drop to 16

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  5. Thumper

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    18 pounds is the common wisdom...unless you shoot some of my happy time reloads.

    :evil:
     
  6. BigG

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    16 # is standard.
     
  7. John Forsyth

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    What BigG said.
     
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    Had a guy at the range where I used to work show up with a beautiful Colt Gold Cup that he was using with very light SWC loads.

    He then buys a box of military spec. ball, and a few minutes later comes out wondering why his Colt is malfunctioning.

    Seems that he bought the GC from a friend or dealer, along with the reloads, and didn't know that a 12 pound spring was a bit on the light side for military ball ammo.

    Luckily he only got off about 5 rounds total with the light spring until we hooked him up with a Wolfe mil-spec spring. I can't even imagine the battering the gun was taking.
     
  9. boing

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    Then there's the old timer at the range whose brass catcher consists of a Gov't Model with a 26 lb spring. "Drops 'em right at my feet" he says. And it does. :)
     
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