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8th March 2006, 09:35
Greetings one and all. I am curious how you determine when to replace the springs in your 1911s. I have several and so far I have not replaced any springs. While I don't count the exact number of rounds fired I'd estimate that I have fired at least 1000 rounds through each of 2 of my full size guns and close to that through an Officer's model. I have not had any failures or jams that I did not induce (that is a topic for another thread). I did not purchase any of these new.
Thanks for the feedback
8th March 2006, 11:27
The gunsmith I buy my springs from told me recoil springs every 3 to 5 thousand rounds with .45 ACP. I would keep an eye on the rest and replace as needed. Such as when you do notice the mainspring weakening (around 20 pounds for an ordinance spec 1911) or the sear spring began to show signs of wear or weakening. I am sure there is a "go by" number for replacing parts such as springs but I usually replace such things as needed. I have an older Colt Series 70 GCNM with Lord knows how many rounds through it and so far the only parts I have replaced it the recoil spring and a magazine spring for the 8 round Colt magazine.
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