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what to do about being hit in the head with brass?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by JoshC, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. JoshC

    JoshC

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    as the title says. i get hit in the head maybe once or twice a mag load and after some time shooting, getting hit in the face with hot brass isnt the best feeling in the world lol

    any ideas on what the issue is here? is this a common issue for 1911s?

    i have a springfield gi champion. brand new, with only about 50 rounds through it.

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  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Extractor tension would be my first guess. :dunno:
     

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    Going with Joe on this one
     
  4. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

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    Extractor tension and then ejector. My Regent was dinging me in the head so I adjusted the extractor tension which usually works but not enough this time. I then switched the short GI type ejector out for a slightly extended type, with a different angle and now it ejects like all of my other 1911s.
     
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    Man up and grow calluses.
     
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    In basic training I shot M-16 lefty and the brass went down my shirt sleeve sometines. That was hot. When shooting my Glock 29 I just keep my glasses on & my mouth closed. Enjoy.
     
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  8. glock2740

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    I agree. Ejector could also be called into play. I have never needed to mess with any of mine, but if the extractor tension is good, the ejector would definately be the next thing to look at.
     
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    Could be extractor profile, ejector profile, extractor clocking or tension. Start with the tension and move on to a high speed dremel to the other parts. :supergrin:
     
  10. knedrgr

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    Actually, try looking to see if your extractor is clocking or rotating inside the slide. This is caused by a loose fitting firing pin stop. I have two Springfields, and both of them have loose fitting FPS, which can cause the extractor to clock and will give erratic ejection pattern.
     
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    First make sure you are not limp wristing the gun. This will cause brass to so at your head.

    Try polishing up the hook on the extractor before tweaking anything.If that doesn't work you can relieve some tension on the extractor.

    But you may need to tune your ejector a bit.
     
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    OP also has a GI Champion, brass WILL be thrown upward, as opposed to the side.
     
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    Does it happen with different brands of ammo? When I shoot SXTs through my Kobra Carry, the brass comes right back at me. No other ammo does this. :dunno:
     
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    I thought this was going to be another GEN 4 thread.
     
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    YEAH... 'cause there's a lot of those going on right now... in the 1911 forums.

    :tongueout:

    :kidding:
     
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    I just saw the title and instantly I thought of my 19 "perfection".:whistling:
     
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  18. JoshC

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    i new with all this, so bare with me if i ask a dumb question :)

    how would i go about adjusting the tension?

    how do i check this?

    what causes this?

    ive only shot one brand through it so far, remington UMC.

    gen 4 thread??


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  19. knedrgr

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    Are you new to 1911's? Have you done a detail strip on the gun? If you're new and haven't done a detail strip, here are step-by-steps on how to do it. You have a series 70, so don't worry about the series 80 crap.

    http://www.10-8performance.com/pages/1911-User's-Guide.html

    From those steps, you'll know what and where the extractor is. To check to see about the clocking, it will be simple to see if it will move, if you push on it with a small allen wrench or flat head.

    To adjust the tension, you can insert it backward, into the slide, and give it some pressure, to bend it, the other way, to relieve some of the tension.
     
  20. JoshC

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    yes i am very new to 1911s, this is actually my first handgun, had rifles and shotguns before but not handguns.

    ill have to do a detailed strip and see what its all about, farthest ive gotten is just a quick field strip for cleaning.

    ill see about adjusting the tension and see what happens!