View Full Version : springfield 1911 cut recoil spring....
05-08-2011, 5:10 PM
After disassembling my "new" used springfield I found the recoil spring appears to be cut. Maybe this is why it racks easier than other 1911's i've used....lol.
Why would someone do this? Should I replace it before shooting?
They did it to make it easier to rack by hand or to shoot low power loads through it for competition. If you are going to shoot full power loads through it then change the spring before shooting it or you will beat up your gun.
05-08-2011, 5:43 PM
How do you know it's been cut?
Replace springs when you buy a used 1911. They don't cost much. I would suggest ISMI springs.
If it was cut to make out easier to rack, that's the wrong way to do it. It could have been done to prevent coil stacking.
05-08-2011, 6:14 PM
ISMI springs are made from chrome silicone wire, Wolff (gunsprings.com) has traditionally used piano wire but have mimicked ISMI by making springs from chrome silicone wire as well. The ISMI springs are said to last much longer and are quite popular on the 1911 boards.
05-08-2011, 6:32 PM
Springco are another popular option.
Supposedly 10x the life of standard springs.
I've got one in my RIA and am very happy with it.
Cyc Wid It
05-08-2011, 6:35 PM
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