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Old March 19, 1999, 10:50 AM   #16
James K
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I think the clue is your saying that the spring (I assume recoil spring) "makes a lot of noise when compressing." Check to see if the recoil spring guide is rounded off or is square on the end. The standard M1911/A1 does not fully support the spring and it tries to kink as it is pushed over the end of the spring guide. The end should look a little like a 9mm hollow point bullet, not like the end of a barrel. If it is too square, the recoil spring will grate as it is pushed over the guide and affect the slide movement; this can certainly cause erratic ejection, etc. If this is the case, the answer may be as simple as rounding the guide end on a wheel or may involve buying a new guide. Let's hear if I am right.
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