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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by IndianaMatt, Dec 31, 2010.
What's the most common part to fail first on a 1911-type gun?
The only part I have ever seen break, is a slide stop
On a quality made gun, springs
recoil spring gets weak, then mag springs and feed lips...if you can call that a failure.
Next is extractor, then SS.
Rarely break, but the extractor is the main culprit for many failures. Simple matter to adjust.
First the recoil spring, and mag springs. Then the extractor. They don't always break but do wear down.
Firing pin retainers seem to be the most common part to break in my experience. However, you typically won't know unless you detail strip the slide. I had one broken in three pieces. I actually put it back in the gun that way as I needed to chronograph ammo for a big match, and it held up for several more rounds (heck who knows how long it was broken). I did replace it before the match, of course.
The operator, at least in my experience.
Took the words out of my mouth, Mo.
It usually takes a lot of rounds through a 1911 before you have a problem with parts breaking.
However, there are some cheapo parts put on the lower priced guns and I always make it a habit to change out these parts before I have a problem with them.
If you go to the Brownells web site there are many quality 1911 parts that you can buy and change out quite simply.
I like the "Bullet Proof" parts because they are machined from tool steel bar stock and will last your lifetime and someone elses when they get the gun.
I change out the extractor, the slide stop and the firing pin stop first.
These are the parts that take the most beating under use.
There are other parts that can get changed out such as the mag release, barrel bushing, thumb safety, pins, springs, ect, ect, but I don't consider them a necessity.
I like to change out all of the springs with Wolff springs.
All of this can be done whenever you get ambitious but I would definately shoot the gun a lot before you change anything at all.
Why fix what isn't broke?
IME, extractors and barrel links. Usually because of poor quality materials and/or improper fitting.
Glad someone else said it.
Ambidextrous safeties are what I see actually break the most.
Of course that is not a John Browning - US Army part.
Cheaply made or/and poorly fitted extractors are a source of trouble.
I saw a hammer break off one time; but that was a once ever fluke.
well if it's a Taurus, the whole gun might fail all at once
i wouldn't consider "springs" as a failure, because they are consumables.
i would say outside of springs, it would be the extractor would probably be the most common cause of failures.