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Offline JAR

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Springs? My first 1911
« on: April 09, 2019, 06:16:47 PM »
I have just picked up a Sistema colt, well used, but unaltered. Purchased as a shooter so I want to re fit the pistol with new springs and a shokbuff. However when I look for spring kits, I have no idea which way is up. There are all kinds of springs and I've never owned a 1911 of any make before. Can anyone recommend a proper spring set for a GI spec 1911a1?

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Re: Springs? My first 1911
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2019, 08:05:33 PM »
Standard  recoil is 16#, 23# main and order the recoil from Wolf you will get an extra power firing pin spring.

Shock buff isn't needed but use one if you want.  Be aware that the buff may not allow the slide to lock back reliably  on empty.
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Re: Springs? My first 1911
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2019, 09:54:23 PM »
I have to disagree just a minor bit about the standard recoil spring weight being 16#. You match recoil spring weight to the type of ammo being shot. Lighter weight bullets, or lighter powder charges, need a lighter recoil spring, and heavier bullet weights or "hotter" powder charges need a heavier recoil spring.

This is also why I would never use, nor recommend using any type of recoil "shock-buff" in any 1911, since they are the improper way of dealing with frame battering from the slide, because the recoil spring weight hasn't been matched to the type of ammo being used. They are simply an item that will end up in a short time of becoming mangled and impairing the operation of the pistol, which usually will be at the most likely of times when the pistol may be most needed.
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