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Since you are asking this question in the 1911 section of a Glock forum, I assume you own Glocks as well. How do you feel about those springs? I ask with no snark.

I have nearly 20 1911's of various type, but only have one with a Wilson flat spring set up. It was a desperation move to get my one problem child to work. At first I didn't think much of them, and thought they were a fad. It wasn't until I had the part in hand that I realized it was nothing more than a Glock style spring.

I've never had cause to complain about a Glock spring, and Wilson never gave me cause to complain about the flat wire 1911 spring. It works well with zero issues, in a gun that at one time had a impressive malfunction rate. I like the spring and would continue to use it in this gun, but won't be rushing to convert all of them over to it.

I understand that they are supposed to be good for thousands upon thousands of rounds. If so they would probably be a worthy choice for a high volume shooter.

You should know that they require the smaller diameter guide rod, but Wilson sells that with the spring. I think my set was only 20 bucks. They work with a standard recoil plug, and you do not need to use the buffer.
 

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I do have several Glocks, most carried are my back-up G27 and special use G36. On those I change my springs every 3,000 rds. (Special use is meant as a grab and go in the fanny pack on the bedstand) My recently acquired Springfield TRP has quickly become my EDC gun be it on duty or off as I love it's accuracy and just like 1911's in general. Thanks for the reply and no "snarkiness" taken!
Since you are asking this question in the 1911 section of a Glock forum, I assume you own Glocks as well. How do you feel about those springs? I ask with no snark.

I have nearly 20 1911's of various type, but only have one with a Wilson flat spring set up. It was a desperation move to get my one problem child to work. At first I didn't think much of them, and thought they were a fad. It wasn't until I had the part in hand that I realized it was nothing more than a Glock style spring.

I've never had cause to complain about a Glock spring, and Wilson never gave me cause to complain about the flat wire 1911 spring. It works well with zero issues, in a gun that at one time had a impressive malfunction rate. I like the spring and would continue to use it in this gun, but won't be rushing to convert all of them over to it.

I understand that they are supposed to be good for thousands upon thousands of rounds. If so they would probably be a worthy choice for a high volume shooter.

You should know that they require the smaller diameter guide rod, but Wilson sells that with the spring. I think my set was only 20 bucks. They work with a standard recoil plug, and you do not need to use the buffer.[/QUO
Since you are asking this question in the 1911 section of a Glock forum, I assume you own Glocks as well. How do you feel about those springs? I ask with no snark.

I have nearly 20 1911's of various type, but only have one with a Wilson flat spring set up. It was a desperation move to get my one problem child to work. At first I didn't think much of them, and thought they were a fad. It wasn't until I had the part in hand that I realized it was nothing more than a Glock style spring.

I've never had cause to complain about a Glock spring, and Wilson never gave me cause to complain about the flat wire 1911 spring. It works well with zero issues, in a gun that at one time had a impressive malfunction rate. I like the spring and would continue to use it in this gun, but won't be rushing to convert all of them over to it.

I understand that they are supposed to be good for thousands upon thousands of rounds. If so they would probably be a worthy choice for a high volume shooter.

You should know that they require the smaller diameter guide rod, but Wilson sells that with the spring. I think my set was only 20 bucks. They work with a standard recoil plug, and you do not need to use the buffer.
 

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I've used one to replace the recoilmaster in an unreliable STI. It feels better, and the pistol has functioned fine since the switch, but I still don't trust the pistol yet.

...It works well with zero issues, in a gun that at one time had a impressive malfunction rate. I like the spring and would continue to use it in this gun, but won't be rushing to convert all of them over to it...
^ That sums it up.
 

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I've used one to replace the recoilmaster in an unreliable STI. It feels better, and the pistol has functioned fine since the switch, but I still don't trust the pistol yet.
I hate those things. I have one in my VIP. It’s doesn't malfunction, but feels like crap.
 

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They work great , I have a new one in the classifieds somewhere. I had it and a full length guide rod for a S.A. loaded 1911 I had and sold it before it ever got installed. I have around 4500 rounds through my Colt and it works great in it.
 

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I like them a lot. I haven't had a 1911 in recent memory that I haven't put one in. Every one has functioned well, and I actually like the feel of their operation. Of course I'm not a FLGR guy, so a GI setup with a recoil spring that has some longevity to it is nice. Short answer, I like them and have no complaints with the ones I've had.
 

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I replaced the recoil spring in my Kimber Compact with a Wilson flat wire system to improve the spring life. Short 1911s tend to have short recoil spring lives and this extends it out quite a ways. As a bonus, the gun feels a lot better with the flat wire than it did with the stock system. The flat wire springs seem to just feel smoother than the standard ones. Sig 1911s use them and they tend to feel more smooth than some of my other 1911s.
 

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I need to pick up a couple for the Officers/Compact model.
Have a full length guide rod from Kings & guess it would be nice if they listed he size the rod should be.. Flat wire? I have no trouble with that.. Single Flat Wire is what I'm after..
 

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That's where I'm at on my Colt M1991A1 Compact..
I replaced the springs with new Wolff a few thousand rounds ago & now think it's time to refresh it with a single flat wire silicone spring, Of course the hammer spring & firing pin return where changed at the same time..
 

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I'm gonna call Bill Wilson Friday & get a couple new flat recoil springs coming for my Colt..
I do believe that this ---> http://shopwilsoncombat.com/Flat-Wi...ACP-Chrome-Silicon-22-Lb/productinfo/10SEN22/ Spring will be what I need for mine.
My full length guide rod is .260" in diameter according to my Starrett caliper which is .010" larger in diameter than what is advertised to work with the spring = .250" or 1/4"..
I must resist ordering more goodies that won't do anything but cost dough..
Alright everyone get of the PC & listen to Trump..
The State of the Union is STRONG!!
 

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I put an 8 lb Wilson flat wire spring in my 9 mm DW Specialist a few weeks ago. Works fine. 300+ rounds through it so far at two matches. I went with the 8 lb because the 2nd shot of my double taps was always low. Slowing the slide down with the 8 lb spring helped a lot. I also added a Wilson shok-buff. So far, it hasn't gotten deformed or chewed up with 130 power factor loads but I plan to keep an eye on it to make sure the 8 lb spring isn't too light.
 

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That's where I'm at on my Colt M1991A1 Compact..
I replaced the springs with new Wolff a few thousand rounds ago & now think it's time to refresh it with a single flat wire silicone spring, Of course the hammer spring & firing pin return where changed at the same time..
The website you cited earlier says about this spring: "Average Service Life: 40,000 Rounds".
 

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I just heard from Wolff. They don't have a flat spring for my 1991a1, but they do have a regular round one (stock # 42322 ).
 
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