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Greetings, I just got my second Colt, a repro 1911A1.
Now, is it normal to have a gap between the frame and slide just above the dust cover that is easily a few hundredths of an "? I can see SPRING COILS! Otherwise, looks fantastic. Haven't shot it yet, ranges were closed.
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Yes. Although it is unsightly, it is more healthy for your 1911 as the frame dust cover is less likely to contact the slide when it flexes during recoil. That is a major cause of frame cracking at the dust cover/frame junction.

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Well, ok, but GOOD LORD is it unsightly! I mean you can see the difference in angles between the frame and slide! My Kimber is tight as a drum and has been 100% for many thousands of rounds.
 

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I have had several Colts over the years that exhibited the same "problem". One of the last Series 70's I had fit the same way. I agree, it does look unsighly, but not that much. Take a look at a Glock, same "problem" exists on most of them. Just shoot and enjoy it!
 

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Different things bug different people. I've had Colts in the past with the same "anomaly" discussed here, but it never bothered me. What DOES bother me, however is when the slide isn't centered on the frame and it drags on one side of the dust cover!


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[This message has been edited by dsk (edited 11-20-2001).]
 

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Well, asked Colt customer sevice about it, they said no way is that normal. I can see daylight through it. They also suggested that I NOT fire the gun. So, after admiring it for one day, back to Colt. And I'm out $40. ecchh!
 

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I really doubt it was anything unsafe, but if they're gonna fix it anyway I certainly won't argue!

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