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Lightening A 1911 Recoil Spring?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by doc540, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. doc540

    doc540

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    Combat Commander in .45

    new, Wolf recoil spring, 22 Lb

    Apart from buying additional, new springs, can one reduce a spring by removing a coil?

    If so, how much would it drop from 22 Lb?

    thnx
     
  2. Not only will you change the weight of the spring but other properities of the spring. You did not say if your Wolff spring was a conventional or progressive. The best way to adjust it is to buy a recoil spring calibration pack in progressive and conventional and experiment to get the results you are after.

    I like to change the relationship of the springs by installing a lighter main spring taking less force cocking the hammer and heavier recoil spring to control the slide. It's just a balancing act.
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011

  3. doc540

    doc540

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    Yep, good sense dictates doing it right.

    thnx
     
  4. NMPOPS

    NMPOPS

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    Springs are cheap buy several of different weights and see what works best.

    Sent from my Ally
     
  5. EOD3

    EOD3

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    Tom gives good advice. Are you shooting softball-loads or are you having FTF/FTE problems with standard loads?

    PS: Is the 22 a commander spring or ???
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011