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I am new to the 1911 and trying to learn about function. The Question:
My SA 45 cal Compact RO 1911 uses a .069 Titanium firing pin with an extra heavy return spring. The rationale seems to be it passes the CA drop test without going to the series 80 system. My question is about the speed of the SA setup. Is the extra heavy spring slowing lockup significantly? Would there be anything to gain by using a standard spring and would safety be significantly impacted?

I used this thread as reference: https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=223877
 

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The extra heavy mainspring (hammer spring) does not significantly slow the forward movement of the slide and so has no impact on the speed at which the barrel goes into battery. It does slow the rearward movement of the slide which is generally a good thing. It also slightly increases trigger pull.

You cannot use a standard 23lb mainspring without first replacing the titanium firing pin with a steel one without risking misfires. The potential gain would be if you shoot powder puff ammo, the slide would be less likely to short stroke. But there are other, better ways to account for light loads.

Unless you're in the habit of carrying your pistol stuck in your waistband and hanging upside down from fire escapes, I can't see that removing the titanium firing pin would pose a safety risk. The extra power firing pin spring that Wolff ships with all of their recoil springs is more than sufficient to prevent inertia caused accidental discharges except in the most absurd, contrived situations.

It's been a while since I read about these drop tests but I seem to recall that the pistol had to fall precisely on its muzzle, 90 degrees to a concrete surface from a height higher than a man in order to induce enough inertia to get the firing pin to pop a primer. So, drop it on dirt, grass, trash or at something other than 90 degrees or on its side and nothing happens.
 

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I am new to the 1911 and trying to learn about function. The Question:
My SA 45 cal Compact RO 1911 uses a .069 Titanium firing pin ...
I'm not saying you're wrong, because I don't own a Springfield, but the EGW write-up at Brownell's says this...

https://www.brownells.com/handgun-p...911-firing-pin-prod26865.aspx?avs|Make_3=1911
Available in three diameters; select the diameter that provides just enough clearance through the hole in the firing pin stop of your gun. .068 normally fits Colt and Caspian 9mm/.38 Super/.40/10mm. .075 fits Springfield Armory 9mm/.38 Super/10mm/current-production .45 ACP. .093 fits most .45 ACP,
 

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jtq,

You made me curious.

Found these:
https://oag.ca.gov/search-results/?query=drop+test

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=116932

In the California test only one round was loaded in the pistol and that was just a primed case in the chamber. Turns out my memory was pretty spotty on the CA test. The drop height was just shy of 40 inches. I did remember the concrete though.

The drop test described in the 10-8 forums specified a fully loaded pistol be used. I wonder if the results of that test would have been different if only a single primed case were loaded in the pistol?
 

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Opie65 refers to a 10 year old post. Since then most 1911 owners have rejected the titanium firing pins in favor of steel pins which are now offered in sizes to fit all the different manufacturers guns. The titanium FP resulted from California legislators pretending to know something and passing a law, which is something they do a lot. They still aren't very good at it but they keep on doing it. Try buying ammo there. You have to prove you have a registered firearm but you almost can't buy one. Apologies for the rant.
 

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My Loaded Target stainless 9 MM had a .071” firing pin. I had to spin the EB Springfield pin to fit. “There are mo drop in parts for 1911s”
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My Loaded Target stainless 9 MM had a .071” firing pin. I had to spin the EB Springfield pin to fit. “There are mo drop in parts for 1911s”
Joe
I am so glad you mentioned the .071 size. I measured mine and kept getting .071. I thought I must be inducing some error in the way I was measuring with an inexpensive digital caliper. Now I think my measurement is right.
 

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jtq,

You made me curious.

Found these:
https://oag.ca.gov/search-results/?query=drop+test

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=116932

In the California test only one round was loaded in the pistol and that was just a primed case in the chamber. Turns out my memory was pretty spotty on the CA test. The drop height was just shy of 40 inches. I did remember the concrete though.

The drop test described in the 10-8 forums specified a fully loaded pistol be used. I wonder if the results of that test would have been different if only a single primed case were loaded in the pistol?
Thanks for pointing me to these test results. They seem to point to the lighter TI pins improving safety. I can say I have run lots of ammo through the gun and never had a light strike (I would guess more than 5000 rounds). I reload my brass so I watch primers. As I said I am new to the 1911 so I have little to compare though. I have a RI 9mm / 22TCM 1911 which I shoot some also.
I think adding a full mag with ammo would significantly increase the weight which seems like it would up the forces involved.
 

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Thank you all for the great information. I think I am leaning to leaving well enough alone... the cheaper alternative.
 

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My question is about the speed of the SA setup. Is the extra heavy spring slowing lockup significantly? Would there be anything to gain by using a standard spring and would safety be significantly impacted?
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Are you referring to "lock time", not "lockup"?

The firing pin spring that Springfield uses with the titanium firing pins is about 3 lb. Modern springs used with steel firing pins are about 2 lb. A good part of this extra firing pin spring power is offset by the extra power mainspring, and further offset by the lower firing pin mass.

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The drop test described in the 10-8 forums specified a fully loaded pistol be used. I wonder if the results of that test would have been different if only a single primed case were loaded in the pistol?
Unless the muzzle lands on a resilient or deformable surface, the total weight of the gun makes no difference.

On a concrete surface, the barrel/slide assembly will come to dead stop, or rebound upward slightly, and the firing pin will continue downward under the momentum gained by the fall. None of the momentum gained by the rest of the gun is imparted to the firing pin. Adding more weight only serves to marr up the muzzle more.

The significant factor is the relative velocities of the firing pin and primer upon impact. For a given height, the velocity of the firing pin is the same regardless of the gun weight. And the barrel/slide assembly, and therefore the primer, is also the same (zero, or slightly negative) regardless of gun weight.

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None of the momentum gained by the rest of the gun is imparted to the firing pin.
Interesting. You'll have to help me out in understanding this. It seems to me that the greater the weight of an object,the faster it will fall until it reaches its terminal velocity. So a feather weighing 1 oz will not fall as fast as a feather weighing 10 lbs. What am I missing?
 

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Interesting. You'll have to help me out in understanding this. It seems to me that the greater the weight of an object,the faster it will fall until it reaches its terminal velocity. So a feather weighing 1 oz will not fall as fast as a feather weighing 10 lbs. What am I missing?
On the moon, the hammer and feather, when dropped, fell at the same rate.

Until air drag becomes a significant factor, all objects fall at a constant rate of about 32 feet per second squared. The drop distance in these tests is too small for air drag to be a factor. A slide dropped by itself would hit the ground at the same time as a fully assembled gun, and with no less velocity.

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Now I’m really confused. Just this afternoon I installed a Wilson Combat Ti firing pin, and an Extra Power firing pin return spring in my bastardized CMP 1911 - 1945 Colt receiver, undetermined Remington Rand Inc. slide. It shoots good.

The spring was recommended by WC’s tech support.

Being in California, it seemed prudent to try to avoid a possible fired round in the unlikely event I dropped the weapon - it’s a range gun, not for carry.

Somewhere in this thread talk turned to a heavy Mainspring, or hammer return spring. My confusion stems from what seems like two entirely different subjects.

Thanks for any clarification!
 

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Now I’m really confused. Just this afternoon I installed a Wilson Combat Ti firing pin, and an Extra Power firing pin return spring in my bastardized CMP 1911 - 1945 Colt receiver, undetermined Remington Rand Inc. slide. It shoots good.

The spring was recommended by WC’s tech support.

Being in California, it seemed prudent to try to avoid a possible fired round in the unlikely event I dropped the weapon - it’s a range gun, not for carry.

Somewhere in this thread talk turned to a heavy Mainspring, or hammer return spring. My confusion stems from what seems like two entirely different subjects.

Thanks for any clarification!
The purpose of the titanium firing pin, and extra heavy 3 lb firing pin spring is to prevent inertia firing. If dropped on the muzzle, the light firing pin will not have enough momentum to overcome the extra heavy firing pin spring and contact the primer.

The purpose of the extra heavy mainspring is to compensate for the extra heavy firing pin spring in normal fire operation.

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Being in California, it seemed prudent to try to avoid a possible fired round in the unlikely event I dropped the weapon . . .
It doesn't matter where you live. It's always prudent to avoid an accidental discharge.

Somewhere in this thread talk turned to a heavy Mainspring, or hammer return spring. My confusion stems from what seems like two entirely different subjects.
There's no such thing as a hammer return spring. It's a hammer spring a.k.a. mainspring.
 
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