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Colt fireing pin hang up

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by rich n, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. rich n

    rich n

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    Shot the Colt today and the fireing pin stop came loose again,almost came off. I cleaned out the channel, was kinda dirty. What else might cause this?
     
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson

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    Several possibilities.
    Loose firing pin stop.
    Weak firing pin spring.
    Rough firing pin or channel
    Interference with firing pin block (if Series 80.)
     


  3. rich n

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    It's a series 80 new Combat Elite (5-600 rounds).
     
  4. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    I would say something must be wrong with the firing pin return spring. It is either broken, too short, or has lost its temper.

    I am assuming it has a standard, steel firing pin.
     
  5. rich n

    rich n

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    What kind of file would I use to fit it?
     
  6. My Springfield Loaded was disturbingly loose too. I went with a Wilson Bulletproof F/P stop. Easy fix, take your time.

    Here's a good page with a few tips. I only had to stone and polish lightly breaking edges as described until I got the fit I was looking for. I used a stone from my Spyderco sharpener.

    http://www.brazoscustom.com/magart/0609.htm
     
  7. R0CKETMAN

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    You shouldn't have to replace the stop. Try a new Wolff spring first.
     
  8. cole

    cole Millennium Member

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    If you shoot lead, the wax can muck things up and case the FP to stick. And, some waxes more than others; same with powders. I had my FP fly out once because I'd been lazy with cleaning. Was something like >800rds of a poor LRN I think. Cleaning the FP channel and FP cleared that up. I put a Wollf XP FP spring in anyway though.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012