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I just bought a Sprinfield Loaded in 9mm. The slide seems sorta sluggish with standard loads like Winchester white box and Federal American eagle. Both in 115gr. The gun runs fine with CCI gold dots at +P levels.

What can I do to get the gun to run with standard loads. A lighter recoil spring would allow slide to travel easier on the ejection but would slow it down on the return trip.

I was thinking about lightening the slide but don't really want to for resale purposes later. Is there anything else to do with it.

This is a gun for my wife. If it was mine it would have been a Kimber in 45.

Let me know,

Mike

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Myates, i asked the same question of springfield, as i also have a 9 loaded. not having any problems but just wanted to tinker......anyways springfield said leave it alone. i would guess if you lube up good and put 400rds. down range it would work fine.
 

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Clean and lube it. Send at least 500 rounds downrange and everything should be peachy keen.

Good luck.

Billy Ray

P.S. Good thing your wife knows the finer brands of 1911s. "KIMBER!"--isn't that what you yell when you're cutting down trees?


[This message has been edited by Billy Ray (edited 07-23-2001).]
 

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Ill Bite

Provided this is not a cary application.

the slide cocks the hammer. if the hammer spring is heavy (like a stock gun 23# )
it steals a lot of steam from the slide speed. try a 17# main spring. For the ligther loads you can use a lighter recoil spring also as mentioned above.

Is this the new gun with the main spring block the ti firing pin and the really heavy hammer spring? if so this will help. But with the ti firing pin you may need to swich to steel to use the 17# main spring ??

second thing is round off the bottom of the firing pin stop to raise the contact point of the hammer. this gives the slide more leverage when cocking the hammer and will allow it to come back easier. (if you sell it you can replace the firing pin stop with a stocker as well as the other parts)
put a drip or two of oil in the main spring housing too. smooth things up a bit.

hope this helps speed things up

geo ><>
 

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George covered most of the things to do. These guns come with a 9 lb. recoil spring and a 23lb hammer spring. Going to a 17 lb. hammer spring will allow you to use a 11 lb. recoil spring. The FP spring will have to be replaced with a "normal" spring. The titanium FP and heavy spring were installed so the gun would pass the Calif. drop test. If you change the FP do not use the #826 Ed Brown model that is listed for SA. The tip is too large. Use a .068" tip diameter like the Nowlin FP.You can use the SA mainspring housing, but I would buy a standard one. You will have to buy a cap and cap retaining pin either way. After I made these changes to mine slide speed is not a problem now.
 

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If the gun will strip a round with a 9#, leave it be. I run an 11# in my P16 and see no signs of undue wear. I would go to the 17# mainspring. A side benefit of reducing spring weight is a slight but noticable reduction in felt recoil.
 

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Get a new mainspring housing with internal parts and a 17lb hammer spring and stick it on there. You'll solve your problem and be rid of the DA locking mechanism in the proccess.

JJ
 
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