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Old 08-01-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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I was 2 years old when this was made...

I just took a little motorcycle ride and picked up this Colt 1911 Government Model, made in 1954 according to Proofhouse.com:





Looking pretty good for a 59 year old gun - better then I looked at 59!
 
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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Congratulations, things like that don't happen to me when I ride my Road King (police edition).
 
Old 08-03-2013, 02:07 AM   #3
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Nice find. First thing I'd do is get that sillyass buffer out of it, though.
 
 
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First thing I'd do is get that sillyass buffer out of it, though.
You mean that little piece of rubber marketing genius? That little blue slide locker? That cure-all for improperly loaded ammo and incorrect springs? That little thing?

Nah....leave it there. Some lessons are best learned first hand.
 
Old 08-04-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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and what lesson would that be?

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You mean that little piece of rubber marketing genius? That little blue slide locker? That cure-all for improperly loaded ammo and incorrect springs? That little thing?

Nah....leave it there. Some lessons are best learned first hand.
Without removing it I ran 5 full magazines of assorted .45 acp ammo through the gun and had no failures to feed, fire, or eject. I may remove it - may not, but I also believe in fresh springs too...
 
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If it makes you feel better to run it with the buffer...and it doesn't cause any problems...then by all means, run it...as long as you understand that it's unnecessary.

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I also believe in fresh springs too...
The function of the "recoil" spring is to return the slide to battery. Whatever else it does is incidental.

I have a pair of early Colt 1991A1s that I bought strictly for beater duty, and I proceeded to try to beat'em to death...so far without success. They've logged nearly 400,000 rounds collectively about evenly split. 98% of the ammunition has been cast bullet reloads, loaded to hardball equivalent...either 230RN /830 or 200 SWC/870, but mostly the latter. I change the spring whenever I start to notice a sluggish return to battery with a semi-clean pistol...estimated at somewhere between 8,000-10,000 rounds. Aside from the finish being long gone, the impact abutments in the slide and frame are fine, with no evidence of peening or deformation.

Neither pistol was ever run with a buffer until the spring of 2010 when a friend gave me a couple to try. I removed both after about 500 rounds per pistol and tossed'em in the drawer. Neither gun has ever seen a recoil spring stronger than 16 pounds, and for most of their tenure, they've been run with 14-pound springs, as per original specs.

The frames developed small cracks at the usual place many years and many tens of thousands of rounds ago...at the junction of the impact abutments and rails...and they haven't traveled further.
That's the result of thin cross sections and sharp corners. Nature of the beast. The cracks are self-limiting and don't affect the function of the gun...and they'll eventually show up, buffer or no buffer.

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