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When one is trying to make a compact 1911 run the conventional wisdom is that you have to slow the slide down so as to give the magazine time to "lift" the next cartridge into place.

The way that this is accomplished is two-fold, one is ammunition. Shoot ammunition that is light, 200 grain projectiles or less, so as to lighten the "ammo stack".

Mechanically use stronger recoil and hammer springs.

In addition, use a square bottom firing pin stop so as to lower the point of impact on the hammer, thus giving the slide less leverage.

My question concerns the recoil spring. While a heavier recoil spring would certainly slow the rearward movement of the slide, the lag time would be decreased and the forward motion increased.

Would not the shorter lag time and faster forward slide action negate any time gained by the slower rear slide speed?
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