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Old December 13, 2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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P14-45 Limited ParaO slide release problem

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Got a 1999 Paraordnance P14-45 Limited recently NIB from a gunstore liquidation sale and the slide release is so hard to manipulate i have to use both thumbs with maximum exertion.

Have physically inspected it, cleaned and lubed with no significant improvement. Could send it to Para but wanted to consider any alternatives Forum members might suggest.

It does go into battery and will lock back fine on an empty mag

Thanks
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Old December 13, 2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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Is it any harder/easier depending on whether the magazine is in or out?
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Old December 13, 2012, 03:21 PM   #3
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With a loaded mag in place it operates smooth as silk. It's very difficult if the magazine is empty. Get some snap caps and give it a try (or real bullets when at the range).
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Old December 13, 2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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If the magazine is empty, the follower and mag spring are what push (and hold) the slide stop up. You're fighting the magazine spring, which in a Para magazine is generally fairly stout. You shouldn't be allowing the slide to slam closed on an empty chamber anyway, so just stop doing that. Pop the magazine out partially (a quarter inch or so is plenty), release the slide stop and return the slide to battery by hand, gently. Then reseat the magazine.
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Old December 13, 2012, 06:09 PM   #5
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ironman you are correct it is easier with round in mag, though i don't understand why. do you know the reason pls?

still tighter than i'd like. will it shoot in or does it need machining in yr experience with these POs?

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Old December 13, 2012, 06:12 PM   #6
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Aguila

yes have 3 mags all PO but different yrs of manufacture and yes the springs are v stout . Think a magloader is definitely required. People happy with the
Magulas (sic ) about $30?
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Old December 13, 2012, 06:32 PM   #7
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Here is another good source for para help, Travis tomasie frequents this forum, GM shooter and GM guy, gets a lot of issues solved. http://forums.1911forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=33

Sounds like you got this one sorted out, as previously pointed out, never drop the slide on an empty chamber, messes up the sear/trigger engagement.
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Old December 13, 2012, 10:22 PM   #8
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Like Aguila said, the magazine follower is what holds the mag release button up when the mag is empty. It's supposed to do that. As a matter of fact, Kahr takes it a step further and designed the follower to NOT allow the release to be used when empty.
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Old December 14, 2012, 10:15 PM   #9
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ironman you are correct it is easier with round in mag, though i don't understand why. do you know the reason pls?
See post #4.
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