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Frustrating Day at the Range : Colt

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by 4949shooter, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Well, I went to the range today and fired my Colt XSE Commander. I was having problems with Colt Checkmate magazine, so I switched out the mag spring with a Wilson Combat spring. I started out with Winchester Ranger 230 grain and immediately had FTF. So I switched to a Wilson mag and continued to have FTF's. The slide also wasn't locking back occasionally either. I switched to ball ammo (CCIBlazer brass) and had another FTF with the Colt magazine. I switched back to the Wilson magazine and the gun functioned. There was only one more FTF with a partial ball/Ranger filled mag.

    So...I switched over to Federal Hydrashock and the gun worked perfectly. I ran out of Hydrashock and switched to my last box of Ranger and had more FTF malfunctions.

    The funny thing is, I tested the Ranger ammo out when I first got the gun and it worked fine. The recoil spring has over 1500 rounds/cycles on it. I just ordered new springs from Wolff.

    The only saving grace was the accuracy of the gun, and the fact that I believe this is just an ammo and magazine problem.

    Ughh..
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2011

  2. Thanks bac. Hopefully it will work itself out.
     
  3. samuse

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    From experience, get a new recoil spring, ditch the Checkmates and get some Chip McCormick Powermags or some Wilson 47s.
     
  4. 69Charger

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    I'll agree. This is a good place to start. Is she clean? Hows your lube job? I run FP-10 or Mobil-1. And I don't skimp on the stuff. Clean and wet. MMM MMM good.
    Dave
     
  5. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    :agree:

    Recoil springs are cheap consumable parts... like windshield wipers and brake pads on a car.

    I've never had an issue with CMC or Tripp mags either. Mine always work (no lube, bone dry inside the tube).
     
  6. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Gen4 BETATester

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    My thoughts would be new recoil spring also special since the ammo worked when you first got the gun.
     
  7. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    Right behind you...
    If it ain't a colt, it's a better copy:supergrin:

    Sorry to hear, good luck with it man. I would replace springs, and maybe try new mags.
     
  8. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Hey Charger, glad to see you here! :wavey:
     
  9. ArmoryDoc

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    :crazy::animlol:
     
  10. oldsoldier

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    Are you running the stock 18lb weight recoil spring. I had the same problem with mine and went to a 20lb standard or 21lb variable rate recoil spring. Either one works fine and I prefer the 21lb variable rate spring.
     
  11. Thanks for all the tips guys. Hopefully the new Wolff springs I ordered will do the trick. If not I will try a 20 pounder as oldsoldier suggested.

    69Charger, I am running TW-25B on the gun. I like 'em clean and wet myself, or clean and greasy, lol.
     
  12. 69Charger

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    Thanks. Steppin out of the box a little. Seems like a good place. So far I haven't had to put on my boots too many times. :cool:
    Dave. :)
     
  13. agtman

    agtman 10mm Spartiate

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    Wow, my GI Springfield never did that ... :popcorn:

    The local gunshop counter dude always tells me that "a Colt ain't nothing but a pony."

    ;)
     
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  14. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Get rid of that crappy ass CheckMate mag AND the Wilson too.

    Stock up on Mec-Gar mags. You can thank me later.
     
  15. CDW4ME

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    My Colt XSE Lightweight Commander did not feed with the factory supplied magazines; Tripp magazines work 100% with the same ammo.
     

  16. Hmmm...interesting. Hopefully she'll smooth out.


    My XSE Commander has been excellent. It will actually feed empty cases from a decent mag. I've found the 8 round factory mags to be junk though. I plan to replace the springs a folllowers with Tripp Super 7 kits. (which are superb)
     
  17. CDW4ME

    CDW4ME

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    x2 I also used the Tripp kits to make the faulty "factory" magazines work.
     
  18. rvrctyrngr

    rvrctyrngr Senior Moment

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    Hope you get it all worked out.

    The XSE LW Commander I bought two years ago was never right. Even after a trip back to Colt it would only feed ball about 80% of the time and HPs not at all. I dumped it for a Smith PD and never looked back.

    Their vain attempt at 'customer service' left a really bad impression on me, as well.
     
  19. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    the standard recoil spring weight for a 5" 1911.45acp is 16 pounds. i just throw that one away before i even try it on the range. i install the Wolff 18.5 pound spring and have not had a failure with my "el cheapo" RIA.