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Old December 28, 2011, 12:14 PM   #1
William T. Watts
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45ACP doubling/follow down

I inserted a loaded magazine pulled the slide back and release it, subsequently the pistol discharged. Other than the obvious shock and checking for damage in my shop I couldn't belive something like this could happen. I have the Kuhnhausen Shop Manual that I purchase while a student at TSJC that pointed to the problem, Apparently the sear spring had worn and was responsible for the discharge. I made the necessary adjustment to the sear spring and I could not duplicate the follow down after adjustment. Always point a pistol at the ground or down range when cycling a pistol! William
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Old December 28, 2011, 01:13 PM   #2
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Yup, I always do. AND, when I am working up a load in semi auto pistols I make a dummy round to see if it feeds. No powder or promer. Then I just pull the bullet and reuse both components. Cheap insurance.
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Old December 28, 2011, 01:19 PM   #3
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Good advice, worth sharing. Wrong forum, though.
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Old December 28, 2011, 03:24 PM   #4
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While I've already had the discharge/follow down I can't change that, however in the future I will use a dummy round to check for function.. My intention in posting this is to make others aware the unexpected sometimes occurs, luckily the only thing damaged was my pride.. William
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Old December 28, 2011, 04:08 PM   #5
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I'm assuming this is a 1911 platform?
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Old December 28, 2011, 05:00 PM   #6
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It just goes to show how that no matter if you've been shooting for 1 year or 100 years things can and do happen. Luckily you are one of the those who keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction otherwise this could have been pretty bad. Glad to hear you werent hurt.
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Old December 29, 2011, 12:16 AM   #7
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Chris it's a Springfield 1911 A1, I smithed it in 2000 and decided to keep it. I'm fond of the design of 1911, it also happens to fit my hand perfectly, with a minimum of smithing it can be turned into a very accurate handgun. William
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