Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Again with the Nuclear 1911

My past coverage of my 1911 woes here.

I completely stripped and cleaned the beast last night before reassembling because I noticed that the slide sometimes sticks halfway out of battery. It feels to me like the slide is hanging up on the disconnector. Cleaning it had no effect, so I hand cycled it a bunch of times to see if it would go away....it didn't. The slide sticks about one third of the time, and I'm wondering if this is causing, or at the very least exacerbating the problem.
Stuck halfway
This is a picture of what it looks like. Before you say it, it does this with or without a cartridge in the chamber or magazine in the mag-well.

I don't know of any gunsmiths in my area except at Gander Mountain, and if their customer service is an indication of the level competence that one might expect of them then I think I will pass on taking my gun there. That store ensures that you will wait an eternity for any help whatsoever, which has been the case every time that I have walked through their doors.

This is a very easy gun to conceal with comfort, so I'm pretty interested in getting it fixed. Does anyone know of a gunsmith in the vicinity of Stafford or Spotsylvania, or where I might find a used SA Champion/Commander length slide, possibly with barrel? Swapping the slide probably won't address the jamming, but it would sure help get rid of that nasty fireball.

As far as velocity goes, I'm getting almost 800 fps with 230 grain hardball despite half of the barrel being ported, so I'm not worried about that any more. I just want my 1911 to work again. I haven't had time to read Patrick Sweeney's Book of the 1911, Volume 2 yet, maybe there's something in there.
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