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Hey Folks,

I am new on the forum and have just become a US citizen, so was not raised with guns and as a Brit/American, I have chosen to enjoy the amazing liberties afford to Americans under the 2nd Amendment.

I have field stripped Berettas, Glocks, Sigs and Springfield XDs, so 1911s are new territory for me. Most modern guns are logical in design, so I have not had any problems thus far.

I have loved 1911s from childhood, so seized upon an opportunity to buy a preowned Escort Carry as it was a beautiful in the hand and perfect as a carry option.

However, since I got it a month ago it has not worked as a reliable firearm and certainly would not stake my life on it as a carry.

The issues were:

1. misfeeds - purchased new officer mags
2. Slide not returning to battery - contacted STI and they sent me a new bull recoil system and I "installed it".

Went on the range today and the slide was very, very stiff and I still had issues with feeding, but more troublesome was the slide not return even with a ore powerful spring.

Finally after 25 very frustrating rounds the slide has seized solid in a open breach position and if you look closely at the picture the slide is not help in place by the locking pin.

Can someone please advise me how to do this myself? I contacted my gunsmith who for whatever reason did not want to touch it and said return it to STI.

My problem is I am not familiar with the 1911 platform, it design is complicated compared to modern pistols and STI Escorts do not breakdown like ever other 1911, once I get it back I still need to know how to stripe it and maintain it.

Please help. It is the most accurate pistol I have ever fired and want to enjoy it...
 

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I'm a big STI fan and have quite a few, including an Escort in 9mm that's been problem free. Fortunately you own an STI which has a lifetime warranty even if you aren't the original owner. I'd contact STI and arrange for sending the pistol to them. I've only had to return one pistol for warranty work and they took care of the problem promptly with no questions asked. Really great folks to work with. Since I live less than an hour from their facility I dropped it off and picked it up a week later. Typically for shipping they provide a shipping label so there's no cost to you. I would always opt for letting them take care of any significant issues.

Congrats on becoming a U.S. citizen and welcome to America! Enjoy your 2nd Amendment right "keep and bear arms".
 

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Thank you for you response.

Yes, will contact them Monday. It is such a wonder pistol in terms of accuracy and a great size for a carry.

God bless America!
 

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Give STI a call, and send it back to them. While you have them on the phone, ask them about any video you may look at on the web that will show the proper way to strip an Escort. Do you have a takedown tool? If not, ask STI to send you a couple. The tool makes the takedown 100% easier. Also, make sure that you have the locking pin properly inserted into the barrel loop. It's real easy to not get this right. Like you said in your post, the 1911s are a different animal!

I have had an Escort for a couple of years now, and it has worked flawlessly for me. Get STI to take a look at it for you, and hopefully you will be as happy with your Escort as I am with mine.
 

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STI will take care of you. Their customer service is very good.
Any chance you did not have enough oil causing it lock up?
 
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