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Old 11-06-2015, 08:45 PM
rcp1936 rcp1936 is offline
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SR1911 recoil spring

Anyone know why they use a recoil spring that makes it so hard to rack compared to other 1911s
My Kahr AO 1911A1 is so much easier
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:48 PM
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I believe that it has to do with the type of firing pin it has and passing the drop test.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:46 PM
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I believe what you are feeling is the mainspring under the hammer more than the recoil spring. Cock the hammer and see if you still think it's hard to rack. I can't imagine what the firing pin would have to do with racking the slide.
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:40 AM
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Agree with above, the firing pin spring has nothing to do with racking the slide...

Some makers will use extra power recoil springs...

But, overcoming the initial resistance of cocking the hammer is one of the main ways of controlling slide cycle speed and felt recoil during firing.

If you're just racking the slide...cock the hammer first...
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:54 PM
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Back in the fall of 2014 when I bought a couple SR1911s it was pretty obvious that Ruger was using a stronger recoil spring than Colt as I had recently bought a new Series 70 Colt and it was easy to tell with one next to the other. I heard Ruger was using about 18lb recoil springs in them
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Old 11-07-2015, 09:52 PM
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Old 11-08-2015, 11:21 AM
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As I recall from Walt Kuleck's excellent review of this pistol when it first came out, he said the recoil spring was around 18-20 lbs. He replaced his with a 16 lb. spring and it worked great. I did the same thing to my SR1911's and they rack noticeably easier.
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Old 11-10-2015, 05:41 PM
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As I recall from Walt Kuleck's excellent review of this pistol when it first came out, he said the recoil spring was around 18-20 lbs. He replaced his with a 16 lb. spring and it worked great. I did the same thing to my SR1911's and they rack noticeably easier.
May I ask your source for the springs ?
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Old 11-10-2015, 05:53 PM
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May I ask your source for the springs ?
I buy my 16 lb. springs from Wolff Gun Springs.

https://www.gunsprings.com/Semi-Auto...cID1/mID1/dID1

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Old 11-10-2015, 08:53 PM
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I buy my 16 lb. springs from Wolff Gun Springs.

https://www.gunsprings.com/Semi-Auto...cID1/mID1/dID1
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Old 11-10-2015, 09:29 PM
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The recoil spring in my CMD is much stronger than the one in my Colt Wiley Clapp commander. The question was why does Ruger use the stronger springs? If anyone from Ruger is on here, WHY?
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Old 11-10-2015, 11:04 PM
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Because they help ensure feeding if the gun has rough parts in it (it's a Ruger after all) and the spring will last longer. Ruger tends to overspring most of their guns for reliability - which is good since they don't spend any time de-burring parts (like extractors). Historically, most gun manufacturers use heavier than necessary springs simply because most guys will never ever change them. If it really bugs you it can be easily swapped for a lighter spring. If you are running .45 ACP standard loads (hardball or less) you can use a 15 or 16 lb. recoil spring.

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Old 11-12-2015, 07:01 AM
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drail, thank you for the info, I have no issues with the slide on mine, but it might be fun to try a lighter spring.
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:29 PM
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I believe what you are feeling is the mainspring under the hammer more than the recoil spring. Cock the hammer and see if you still think it's hard to rack. I can't imagine what the firing pin would have to do with racking the slide.
or dropping the gun LOL
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:31 PM
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people keep the 20# there those 16# are for soft target loads
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