Sear engagement problem?
Didn't want to muck up anybody else's thread, so I'll start a new one.
I have a bone stock GI spec 1911A1 (Rock Island, please don't make fun of me!) that is brand-new. I've only put about 75 rounds through it, and experienced an issue of the hammer falling to half-cock when the slide cycles. When I manually cycle the slide (or lock the slide open and release it with the slide release lever), the hammer falls to half-cock approximately 30 to 40 percent of the time.
Best I can tell, this is a sear engagement problem. And I'm a 1911 dummy; this is my first one. In researching the problem on the WWW, I read that it could be a weak sear spring or sear engagement. Is there any way to determine which it is? And if it's sear engagement, what's the best option?
It is under warranty, and I could send it back to the manufacturer (Armscor), but I'd rather avoid that if at all possible. I don't mind having to buy another hammer and sear if the cost is under $40-ish (and I wouldn't mind switching to a "Commander" style hammer anyway, since this is intended to be my new concealed carry piece, once I shake the bugs out).
Is this the best option? Just buy another hammer and sear? Will it drop in and work safely, or will I have to custom fit it? I don't want to have to pony up for a jig to hand-fit these items. I'd like to just drop in the replacements and have it work as intended. But first things first.
Here are my questions:
1. Is there some kind of test that I can do to make sure the problem is hammer/sear engagement, that will rule out any other causes like a weak sear spring?
2. If it is a hammer/sear engagement problem, can you recommend a replacement set that will function well without having to file on them, at a cost of less than $40?