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Old 02-28-2005, 07:45 PM   #11
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Take a look at Clark Custom Guns Inc.
They make a drop in plug for the officer's model.
Part # 208-om Available in blue or stainless.
Uses the stock guide and spring.
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Old 03-01-2005, 06:20 AM   #12
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I just ordered a set up that is very nearly the same.

Wilson Combat sells a set that includes a reverse plug and afull length two piece guide rod and uses one Wolfe spring and the stock bushing.

It costs far less than the other solutions and alows me the opportunity to use one spring rather than the two piece units.
Old 03-12-2005, 09:53 PM   #13
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Officer's Model recoil spring plug..

Hello Shootist. The factory recoil spring plug would not hold the recoil spring in place. I guess I could have welded up the raised portion of the plug that mates with the cut-out in the slide and hoped for the best, but the King reverse plug seemed to be the best fix at that time.

One thing for dang sure, I would not willingly carry an Officer's Model with the factory recoil spring plug in place.

Old 03-13-2005, 06:25 AM   #14
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Thanks Salty,

I received the Wilso solution mentioned in my earlier post. It requies a little milling to the slide (which doesn't make me happy) but I guess it's worth it if the reliability improves.

I'm now waiting for Wilson to send the instructions.. Those that came with the part were illegible.

With this set up... I'll have a standard reverse plug, one spring, and a full length two piece guide rod.
Old 04-16-2015, 09:38 AM   #15
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Officers Model Recoil System

Here is a practical, no-alteration substitute for the Officers Model factory recoil system: The EGW system, which uses the Clark hollow reverse plug, a guide rod, and a ISMI flat-wire single spring. Officer's Guide Rod & Spring Kit w/ Clark Plug Blue: EGW Gun Parts

My pistol is one of the originals and has several thousand full-power rounds' history. A few years after I bought it I switched to the Wolff single spring. It worked well and was simpler than the two-spring setup. My factory plug never failed, but the locating tab is wimpy and I believe the reports that some have failed.

Recently I have been upgrading some components and started looking at guide rods. Most reverse plugs (Wilson, for example) require alterations. When I saw the no-alteration EGW setup, I was interested, and the single flat-wire spring sold me. It is used with EGW's Melt Bushing. This works well. The action is very smooth and requires less effort to rack the slide.
The downside is that it is different/a little harder to assemble/disassemble, like all guide rods. The guide rod has a hole through it, which is filled with a bent paperclip as the unit comes assembled from EGW. You drop the unit in and remove the paperclip to complete assembly, reverse to disassemble. Instead of a paperclip I use the 1911 Reverse Plug Retention Clip from Brownell's.
Old 05-29-2015, 11:03 PM   #16
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I use the

I use the EGW style set up in my old Colt O.M. never had any problems with the stock plug in 20+ years of hard use but I had to replace a lot of recoil springs. after 400-500 rounds they got weak & started giving feeding problems.The flat wire springs are holding their length much better & the gun works smoother. The stock recoil plug could be installed without the lug in the slot , that left the barrel bushing retaining the plug. IMO this was a cause of most of the plug failures
Old 05-14-2016, 02:17 PM   #17
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Mine broke the plug and then later broke one of the tabs on the bushing. I'd like t see a more robust arrangement for this gun.
Old 05-14-2016, 04:55 PM   #18
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There is a stronger solution.

Clark makes a drop-in beefed up recoil spring plug that has a flange on the rear that totally prevents the plug from breaking, prevents any damage to the bushing, and doesn't require any longer recoil spring guide rods.

All you have to do is remove the stock plug and install the Clark plug and the problem is solved.
The only "watch-out" is not to use any of the polymer recoil buffer washers.
These reduce the slide travel enough that they often cause problems like failures of the slide stop to work or failure to feed if you "sling shot" the slide.
The Clark plug takes up about the same amount of space as a polymer buffer and with the Clark AND a buffer you're probably going to have problems for sure.

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Old 06-01-2016, 12:59 PM   #19
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Thank you for that information dfariswheel. I just got off the phone with them and have a plug ordered.

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