View Full Version : Colt Mustang dual spring?? Need help.

July 21, 2010, 06:31 PM
Greetings...helping out a friend...she has a Colt Mustang with the plastic guide and dual spring system. Her complaint is it is getting harder for her to rack the slide (arthritis). I'm not familiar with the Mustang but, and don't laugh, would removing one of the springs a)make racking the slide any easier and b) would there still be enough to move the slide, chamber another round, etc? Would the gun go bang with just one of the springs?

Or if not..what spring set might be a recommendation? I doubt she would leave it C&L'd..

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Bill DeShivs
July 21, 2010, 10:00 PM
Removing a spring is a bad idea. The spring rate is balanced by the maker.
Removing it will allow the gun to unlock too soon, and it will batter (and possibly break) the frame, and the gun probably won't function with one spring. C&L is the way to go.

July 21, 2010, 10:14 PM
go here. get the guide rod and 11# spring set for 25 bucks. the 11# rate is factory, but the dual spring set up tends to be progressive, while the sigle spring is constant. don't know why, but it makes a difference.


or, call cylinder and slide. they used to do "tune ups" on the mustang and pony that included spring sets and action job. they'll also meld the edges. at least, they used to.

July 22, 2010, 09:06 AM
Thank you for the info and website recommendation...

July 22, 2010, 04:22 PM
Instead of messing with the gun, she could try the isometric method of operating the slide.
It goes like this:
She holds the gun up close to the body, strong hand and gun in line with her shoulder, elbow bent and pointing down.
The support hand goes over the top of the slide, with the thumb pointing back at herself.
With one smooth motion, the support hand pushes back on the slide, and, at the very same time, the gun hand pushes forward, using shoulder and arm strength to aid.
Betcha' she can do it with ease.

July 23, 2010, 11:17 AM
g.willikers, Great recommendation...I'll pass that along...thank you