Ok so Im not the foremost authority on the 1911 only recently having purchased one but here is what happened to me the other night: I had unloaded my 1911 A1 .45 and after removing the round in the chamber I pressed the slide release and the slide slammed forward. ok so perfect function to that point, Well you see what happened next was the barrel bushing and the recoil spring came flying off the front of the pistol!! I had been carrying that gun all day long and thank god that didnt happen during a time when I needed that gun to fire. I looked the parts over and saw no abnormal wear or breakage. I reassembled the gun and tried several times to replicate the the breakage and could'nt, anyone ever seen this before?