View Full Version : recoil spring installation

May 12, 2000, 04:53 PM
In the past when I've replaced recoil
springs in my Government model, they
were identical on both ends.

I just bought a Wilson. It is NOT the
same on each end. On one end the coil is
a half coil.

What is the installation procedure?
Which end goes where?


Rex Feral
May 12, 2000, 05:04 PM
The narrow end goes on the recoil spring guide, wide end toward the recoil spring plug.

Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war.

May 12, 2000, 05:10 PM

I'm confused.

Both ends are the same diameter.

Can you clarify?

Jim V
May 12, 2000, 06:37 PM
The "open" end goes to the front, The recoil spring plug should have a dimple on the inside that the spring locks on to. Before you push the spring home, give the plug a turn until it locks on the spring. JMB designed the dimple for that reason.

Ne Conjuge Nobiscum
"If there be treachery, let there be jehad!"

May 12, 2000, 07:00 PM

Amazing. All these years and I never knew
what that dimple was for.

Thanks, to both of you.

Rex Feral
May 12, 2000, 07:53 PM
I guess all springs aren't the same, all the Wolff springs I use for the 1911 have one end smaller than the other. :) Sorry 'bout that!

James K
May 13, 2000, 02:58 PM
Hi, Jim V,

Some of the "clones" don't have the dimple. I guess, like Sport says, they didn't know what it was for and dropped it. Or it costs .0003 cents, and is too expensive.