New recoil spring?

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  1. ARB

    ARB New Member

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    I've read on here quite a bit that after 1500 rnds. of ammo, it is probably time to get a new recoil spring for 1911's with a four inch barrel. I'm sure that at some point I have surpassed that number. Is this something I should remedy in the near future? I haven't noticed any problems, then again, I don't want to start having jams at inopportune moments. Also, I only ever see springs for the five inch models. Can you please recommend where to get a quality spring in this size?
  2. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Get Wolff Springs from www.brownells.com . They are available for the make and model 1911 you own. I have gone thru as many as 3000 rounds without a spring change with a range pistol. A personal defense pistol is a different animal. I recommend a recoil spring change every 1500 to 2000 rounds in a full size 1911. And no more than 1500 rounds thru an Officers model for reliability reasons.
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    ARB New Member

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    Checked out the website. What pound spring would you recommend? I do not fire +P ammo.
  4. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The 22# varible power spring is recommended.
  5. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    I have never seen a 1911 recoil spring "wear out" after 1500 rounds. Does the gun work properly? If it does, the spring is fine.
  6. Hammerslagger

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    If a spring still meets specifications, it is not worn out!

    Springs are instantly damaged by being over compressed, stretched, or torqued beyond the yield point of the material from which they are made. The harder you stress things the quicker they wear out. Many of the parts of a firearm (including the barrel) are actually springs. Normal loading and cycling wears a well designed and made spring very slowly but progressively.

    Yes, Wolf makes excellent springs from superior steel alloys, that were not commonly encountered 70 years ago.

    There has always been room for 8 rounds in a 1911 magazine. The problem was over compressing the spring. Improvements in spring technology allow 8 shot capacity today vs 7 shots when the 1911 was designed. {I still carry a 1911 "cocked and locked" with 7 total rounds, for better reliability, and because I do not plan on missing a lot, or having to exceed Alvin York's record of six determined men in one fight.}
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    What is the difference betwwen the Wolf and the Ed Brown? I know Ed makes a fine 1911.
  8. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Brown and most other builders sell springs made by Wolff.
  9. ARB

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    AHHHH...thanks, good to know.
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