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I got one of the new Custom 1991 A1's in stainless with the Videcki trigger. The gun has proven reliable and accurate. At least for the first 300 rounds that is. It now has a problem with feeding jams. I've been using 230 factory ball ammo and the rounds get pinned to the feed ramp when the slide comes forward. Pressing forward on the slide does not help either. Is it the mag? This problem is now occuring with alarming regularity. What is going on here?
 

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I don't think it was required, but I chose to polish my feed ramp with a set of stones; it looked a little rough to me and that extra friction might be enough to cause problems. The magazine is also a good bet; I use Shooting Stars and they are a good buy.
 

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Although a magazine follower problem is a likely candidate I also had this problem. I polished the feed ramp to a mirror finish and still no help. Was advised by a fellow forum member that my extractor may be tensioned incorrectly. I took a little of the sproing out and put a little sproing back and generally dicked around with the extractor tension until I got it to feed perfectly. Sorry if that wasn't a very good explanation but it worked for me.
 

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Don't forget the ammo.

Could be the interaction of the brand of ammo with the magazine, making it release late.
This nosedives the round into the ramp. Any changes in ammo brand?

I had bad feed problems with American Brand. Cleared up when I switched.
 

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I second the suggestion that the extractor tension may be incorrect. It's a weak spot in the 1911 design. Either that or the extractor hook is angled wrong. But it's a good idea to try another magazine first regardless.
 
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Some .45ACP ammo seems to be a little "off" in the rim/extractor grove area. So is it the gun's fault - or the non-standard case dimensions?

I have found that UMC "Yellow Box" Ball, and Speer .45ACP cases in general cause more problems than other brands. Over 20 years ago I found Remington to be less reliable in some lots. Winchester always worked fine. And I have heard of various other lesser known brands that caused problems in guns that worked perfectly with Winchester or Federal ammo.

Another problem is reloads with nicks in the rim or not completely resized to the base. I have some brass in my .45 brass supply that have been reloaded so many times that the headstamp is hard to read!!

Try some Winchester or Federal, let us know if the gun runs or not. Extractor tension and adjustment may indeed be a factor in getting the gun to feed these more "difficult" Ball rounds.

With interest- Col. Colt

[This message has been edited by Col. Colt (edited 12-25-2000).]
 
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Try solvent soaking your original magazine.
Also try holding differently. As the 1911's like a firm grasp with solid flat ejection. Maybe you've softened your grip after becoming confident with the firearm. Don't drastically change anything since you fired it as many times as you did before malfunctioning occured. Its a good gun and break in is just occuring and its the best in the world. Nothing to worry about just a minor inconvenience. A&P
 

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If the extractor was improperly tensioned, or the mag was not the gun's favorite flavor, the feed problem would have manifested itself right away. I think it's more likely the gun is dirty or improperly lubricated.
 
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Well, I've tries a Wilson Combat mag (borrowed one) and the problem still persists. I have also tried different kinds of ammo, no help, and the gun is very clean and well lubed, still no help. And I've even tightened my grip as some have suggested and still no help. Actually, if you fill the mag and manually cycle all the rounds through the gun by hand you can get at least two jams. Still the extractor claw? How do you make an adjustment to that anyway?

Thans
 
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