Author Topic: 1911 Magazine Springs  (Read 2391 times)

Two-Bits

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
1911 Magazine Springs
« on: August 17, 2014, 07:05:43 PM »
I'm curious as to how long a magazine spring for a 1911 magazine will keep its spring.  If it's loaded with 7 or 8 cartridges, will the spring loose its spring power after a while?

What about the recoil spring?  If the slide is locked back, will the recoil spring loose its strength?

Mostly interested in the mag springs.

Thanks!

Lone Dog

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 539
Re: 1911 Magazine Springs
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2014, 09:29:26 PM »
There have been times when an old 1911 from WWI have been found fully loaded and the mag still worked just fine as designed.

Mag springs taking a "set" is a myth. Not something to worry about.
SASS Life, NRA Life, VFW Life, FOP Life
"All gave some, some gave all..."

Branchwater Jack - 88854

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 43
    • Wartrace Regulators
Re: 1911 Magazine Springs
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 04:31:00 AM »
I've Seen mags fall apart because of bad welds, bad metal joints, and feed lips so bent out of shape folks threw them out.

Never did see folks have issues with the springs.

Garrison Joe

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 764
Re: 1911 Magazine Springs
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2014, 07:19:07 AM »
Last round failure to strip the cartridge from the mag is a pretty common failure.  Usual cause for that is a weak mag spring. 
As with most other coil springs in a 1911, the correct spring pressure is key to smooth and reliable operation of the pistol. 

For loaded service magazines, I see recommendations to unload and leave unloaded (for several days) at least every few months.   Many police departments are reported to have the officer use the loaded service mags and ammo for routine range time, then leave them unloaded for a while.

The better the quality of springs in the magazines, the less need I would perceive to periodically unload the mag.

If you are talking about our game, I always empty mags at end of the match and leave empty until next match.

Good luck, GJ
Good luck, GJ

Ride hard, shoot straight and speak the truth.    Col. J Cooper
Why else would you want to be here?

60708 Life/Regulator

Lone Dog

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 539
Re: 1911 Magazine Springs
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2014, 10:04:41 PM »
We have lived in this house since 1958 and there are several springs here and there still soldiering as good as then.

All my mags are designed for 8 rounds. If I have some loaded with 5 or even 7 at the end of a match you can bet your sweet bippy I am not going to unload them. Just that many I don't have to load up next time.

Not something to worry about.
SASS Life, NRA Life, VFW Life, FOP Life
"All gave some, some gave all..."

Boggus Deal

  • WBAS Committee & Ambassadors
  • Hero Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 515
Re: 1911 Magazine Springs
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2014, 08:17:13 AM »
I empty my mags at the end of every shoot, not because I'm worried about the springs, though. I am more worried about dust and dirt getting in the mags. Every once in a while, I will actually pull the mags apart and clean them.

Wait A. Minute

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 264
Re: 1911 Magazine Springs
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2014, 10:52:41 AM »
I do the same as Boggus Deal, empty all magazines at the end of each match and take completely apart on occasion to thoroughly clean them and let the springs relax. I started doing this when I was in the Army and I have never had a magazine failure...
SASS #92384                  Live Simply, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Love Generously......         You never know how strong you are ,until being strong is the only choice you have......

Two-Bits

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: 1911 Magazine Springs
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2014, 12:56:37 PM »
Thanks all!