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loose firing pin stop

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by rich n, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. rich n

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    My firing pin stop on my Colt came loose and was halfway off when I was at the range. I popped it back on and kept shooting. Any reason besides bad fitting and what should I do about this?
     
  2. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    Possible bad Fitting and yes, you can have another one, such as an EGW firing pin stop fit if that is the issue. The added benefit would also be a major reduction or elimination of extractor clocking. Are you sure it was not an issue of the firing pin getting stuck forward due to fouling of the firing pin channel from primer flow, brass filings or excess gunpowder residue?
     

    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011

  3. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

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    I agree. Even a loose fitted firing pin stop should not come loose unless the firing pin is hung up. :dunno:
     
  4. rich n

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    If I order the EGW, can I fit it myself if it is oversized? Thanks for the help.
     
  5. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    Yes you can if you take your time and know what you are doing, but I would look at the reason the FP stop fell out in the first place. My guess is you had your FP get hung up inside the FP channel for one reason or another causing the FP stop to fall out of the slide.
     
  6. Series 80?

    If so, your firing pin safety plunger may be sticking and need cleaning, or there may be a burr on the plunger or in the hole that's causing it.
     
  7. The EGW FPS is an awesome product. It is oversize so you'll need to fit it. And it's not that bad fitting it.

    Here's a tip; file more on the left side (shorter side that has a cut out), since that's the oversize side. And remember to bevel the side edges so it will help to slide into the slide better. Sometime if you don't bevel those edges, they can get caught up on the slide, and makes you think that you haven't file down enough. And before you know it, you're left w/ a useless FPS.
     
  8. And...
    fit it to your extractor before you put it into the gun.
    You want the extractor to sit tight on it so that the extractor does not turn at all.
    Then fit it to the slide.
    Take your time as you want it to be tight.