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Old November 26, 2012, 02:34 PM   #5
Crow Hunter
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A weak spring in the slide stop is what first leaps to mind for me.

A misshapen magazine follower could also be a culprit; did this happen to him with every magazine, or only with certain magazines?

I've never had that pin come loose on a 1911, and have never heard of such, but I suppose any mechanical part can fail.
He only had the one magazine with him, so we couldn't do a comparison.

I did look at the follower, it didn't look damaged. It would push the slide stop up about between 1/2 & 1/3 of the way, but it was not enough to engage the notch in the slide 100% of the time.

I didn't see a spring at all on the slide stop. Where is it supposed to be located? That was one of the 1st things that I thought about, based on my experience with the Glock and installing the slide stop spring wrong and causing premature lock open. But after he took it apart, I didn't even see a spring.

So that little pin should be staked in place?

That is what I told him, but he said I was wrong. I told him I didn't remember it ever being loose on the old 1911 I used to have.

So will he need a new barrel assembly or can he get a pin an stake it in place himself?
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