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  • Seamarine57

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    Greetings: The current recoil spring I have on a M1911 .45ACP is 18.5 pounds. It takes quite a bit to pull the slide back to charge the pistol. Any recommendations on a replacement? 12-14 pound Wolff spring as a replacement.
    Thanks in advance.
     

    Squirt239

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    Greetings: The current recoil spring I have on a M1911 .45ACP is 18.5 pounds. It takes quite a bit to pull the slide back to charge the pistol. Any recommendations on a replacement? 12-14 pound Wolff spring as a replacement.
    Thanks in advance.
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    gassprint1

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    Lighter the spring, the heavier recoil will be. Grab the slide and pull back faster. A slow rack will feel harder to pull slide back
     

    R3p1lc3

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    How many rounds does your handgun have through it? more rounds = more easy to rack.
    I had a very tight to rack 1911 it got a lot easier after 5-6 hundred rounds.
    Is it SUBSTANTIALLY easier to rack if you cock the hammer?
     

    VERT

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    Try thumbing the hammer back before racking the slide. With the hammer down you are working against the recoil spring and the main spring. Going from an 18 lb spring to a 16 lb spring won’t change much.
     

    Seamarine57

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    Thanks for all the advice. I guess I am comparing apples to oranges. A buddy has a Series 70 Colt, and it is butter smooth. So with some rounds going through my pistol, things will improve.
     

    VERT

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    What brand of 1911 are we concerned about? I have seen all sorts of crazy spring setups in factory 1911s.
     

    crewchief888

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    i run a 10lb in my springfield 1911 45acp. the gun was originally built and tuned for a 155gr LSWC ammo @ ( old) USPSA major power factor.
     

    CCPLuvr

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    What ammo are you shooting out of it? Is that the only ammo you'll use?
    Like a couple others have said, 1911 recoil springs need to be tailored to the load. In my 1911s I run between 11 and 22 lbs springs depending on the gun and load combination.
     

    triggerhammer

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    Are you using the push-pull technique? If not, simultaneously push forward on the grip while pulling back on the slide. I also recommend "palm-racking" the slide (palm and four fingertips contact) rather than merely the tips of thumb and index finger.
     

    triggerhammer

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    Also, especially on a new gun, be sure the slide rails are properly lubricated. Doing so will tend to lighten slide racking. Brian Enos Slide-Glide light grease and Wilson Universal are excellent lubricants for the break-in period.
     

    Robert B.

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    Might want to look at Wilson Combat flat wire recoil kit in 17#, It's good for standard 230 gr.835 fps hardball, comes with spring, guide rod and recoil buffer.
     
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