Howdy and welcome from E Texas. Poke around and you'll find some info on the itsy bitsy 1911's. I have an RIA BBR 3.10 which is fun, but kinda persnickety when it comes to mags and ammo. ymmv
Wish I had known what I kinda know now.I don’t want to sound biased or snobby but the only 3“ 1911 I would buy and possibly carry if it was the only gun I could own would be the Colt 3” Defender. It is just really hard to get the 1911 in that size to run properly. Having said that I would not buy a 3” 1911. But hey, if it is just for fun and you like it and don’t plan on it as your primary SD gun…. why not? The other option would be to get a really good gunsmith to try to make it reliable enough to trust your life on.
Consider that the polymer tip is causing the feed issue. May be a break in issue.I picked up a new Ronin EMP 3" last night as a retirement gift to myself. I already have an Emissary .45 ACP 4.25" and a Ronin 10mm.
Went to the range today and fired off 100 rounds of MagTech FMJ, worked perfectly. Tried a box of Hornady Critical Defense next and the problems started.
9 rounds in the mag, released the slide and it did not fully seat the round. After that, the rounds started diving almost every round. Finished the box of 25 and called it a day.
I know 125 rounds is not a break-in and could be part of the problem with the Critical Defense, but with the high price of ammo, both range and defense ammo, I'm not going to keep shooting if there are issues with this and SA CS needs to get involved.
Anyone have any comments or suggestions? Thanks!
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I fired another 150 rounds of FMJ today (total 250 FMJ to date) and then tried another 25 rounds of the Critical Defense. As before, all the FMJ was fine. There was an improvement with the Critical Defense. The first round from a full 9 round mag nose dived every time, but after that, the next round feed ok about half the time and the rest of the clip feed the last 6-7 rounds fine most of the time. I disassembled and cleaned the mag (only one came with it).Consider that the polymer tip is causing the feed issue. May be a break in issue.
Try trimming some round such that the polymer is flush with the bullet.
Also. Disassemble and clean the new magazines. Could be storage oil or not assembled correctly. Inspect for burrs or any other issue.
If you're curious to know if the extractor is contributing to the problem, lock the slide open, remove the extractor, insert a fully loaded magazine, push down the slide stop to release the slide. If the first round chambers with no hesitation then the extractor needs some attention. It may have too much tension on it, deflection may be excessive, the hook-to-breechface distance may be too short, or the hook may be digging into the case.After that, the rounds started diving almost every round.
A simple diagnostic is to disassemble the magazine and use just the tube for the test. Remove the recoil spring assembly, barrel, and bushing from the slide. Remove the disconnector, and the mainspring housing assembly from the frame. Allow the hammer to flop down out of the way.It wouldn’t accept a fully loaded mag (9rds) if the slide was closed. If I forced it, it would lock the slide up.
Hey, you live and learn. Right? If you don’t trust it just don’t use it as a primary carry. No reason you can’t shoot it with FMJ and enjoy it as a range gun. Or if you do decide to carry it on occasion remember to keep it loaded with the ammo it runs well with.Wish I had known what I kinda know now.
I use Speer Gold Dot in my Walther PPS classic. When new the PPS hung up on the critical defense polymer tip. That was when I experimented by trimming the polymer flush with a razor.Thanks for all the replies & comments.
I fired another 150 rounds of FMJ today (total 250 FMJ to date) and then tried another 25 rounds of the Critical Defense. As before, all the FMJ was fine. There was an improvement with the Critical Defense. The first round from a full 9 round mag nose dived every time, but after that, the next round feed ok about half the time and the rest of the clip feed the last 6-7 rounds fine most of the time. I disassembled and cleaned the mag (only one came with it).
It was suggested to try to trim the polymer. Since it is feeding the Critical Defense better than yesterday, I would have to do that to all the Critical Defense ammo. I think I will do it to one round and load it on the top to see if that makes a difference, but I think the best track to take would be another type of defensive ammo.
If any one has any recommendations for a 9mm defensive round that works well for them, I would appreciate the info so I can give it a try and see how it works in my EMP.