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Old 03-16-2006, 10:50 PM   #1
 
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Mil-Spec question

I had a Wilson Combat Ultralight Hammer, and Beavertail Grip Safety installed on my 1911-A1 Mil-Spec. When I went to my gunsmith to pick it up, he showed me a problem. The hammer clearly has gaps on both sides of the hammer that allows it to wobble side to side. I called Wilson Combat to inquire about it, and their response was that their hammers are cut precisely to specs and Springfield must have manufactured the hammer opening too wide. So I called Springfield, and they said that they have never heard of that and the hammer should fit fine. So, I guess I'm curious as to whether anyone has heard of anything like this before? The odd part of this is that the stock SA hammer fits nice and snug.
 
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Old 03-31-2006, 06:16 AM   #2
 
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Re: Mil-Spec question

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I called Wilson Combat to inquire about it, and their response was that their hammers are cut precisely to specs and Springfield must have manufactured the hammer opening too wide. So I called Springfield, and they said that they have never heard of that and the hammer should fit fine. ........ The odd part of this is that the stock SA hammer fits nice and snug.
Kinda "he said, she said." Were it me, I'd measure both and call Wilson back.
 
Old 06-07-2006, 05:44 AM   #3
 
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Where was your frame forged US or Brazil? I just recently purchased a parkerized mil spec and some of the cuts are off. Like the trigger slot in the frame being milled too deep on one side, the inside of the slide just forward of the locking lugs being look like it was cut with a chisel rather than a machine(horrible) and a way too loose stock barrel bushing that even an oversize OD bushing wont tighten up! Springfield needs to send someone down there and crack the whip on QC. My mil spec is going back to Springfield to have them look at it and if they dont finish it like it should have been to begin with i'm going to sell it off. Wilsons parts are pretty within specs but thats not to say one didnt slip through. Get another part from another manufacture and compare it to the other two. Then figure out which company screwed up and chew some ass.
 
 
Old 08-17-2011, 12:42 PM   #4
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Springie Mil-Spec

I too have been sorely disappointed by a new Mil-Spec. It couldn't keep the shots in an 8" circle at 12 yds. I found alot of fore-and-aft play in the locking lugs. The sight dots have no business on this "piece". Now before y'all say, "This fool can't shoot.", this is my 6th 1911. If I took it to qualify for plate-shooting, I never would've qualified. I qualified with an RIA with a loose ft. sight. Never would've imagined a gun from the Philipines would out-shoot a new Springie. I guess I didn't learn my lesson from the first one. That one was a "Loaded". .45. I got it at a shop with a range and went right in to shoot it. The shots started in the middle of the target and then drifted out to the right. I said ,"What the..." and then looked at the gun. The rear sight had crept more than half-way out and I could push it out the rest of the way with my finger. And after one box of ammo it was as loose as Grampappy's after the war. Springfield took it back and several more hundred dollars later they sent me a Target9. I wish I still had that one.
I believed it was a one-time thing, but it looks like this one's going back too.

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Old 08-17-2011, 11:42 PM   #5
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Sure hope you have better luck with the next one.
 
Old 08-19-2011, 09:10 AM   #6
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I've heard a half dozen horror stories about Wilson in the last month. Literally. I personally have not had one issue with a Springer other than a rear sight being shot loose. Easily remedied, too. I'd get a blueprint and check the measurements of the gun against mil-spec dimensions. It'll be instantly apparent who's bs'ing. Whoever it is, put 'em on blast. There's no arguing fact, and if you've mic'ed it, then that's that.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:28 PM   #7
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Thanks, retDAC. I'm getting a new Colt with the "100 Years of Service" stamp in a week.

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Old 08-22-2011, 01:29 PM   #8
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I'd get a blueprint and check the measurements of the gun against mil-spec dimensions. It'll be instantly apparent who's bs'ing. Whoever it is, put 'em on blast. There's no arguing fact, and if you've mic'ed it, then that's that.
I agree with Alabaster. BTW--welcome to the Forum, docsmitty.....
 
Old 08-31-2011, 05:36 AM   #9
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Hammer is "Narrowed to Provide Adequate Slide/Hammer Clearance"

Could this be the reason for the gaps you are seeing?

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Old 08-31-2011, 08:12 AM   #10
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Am I readin this right ....did this thread start in 06....wonder if he ever got it fixed....may be one of lifes big mysterys

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