I own one of these and have had similar issues. I was advised back then to replace the recoil spring and find a box of Italian made Fiocchi 123 Grain ammo and test the gun with that.
Both were done along with a thorough cleaning the the gun cycles like it was new.
The ammo part was explained by saying it is loaded a little hotter than the U.S. version.
All I know is the gun works and I have rat holed a few boxes of the ammo.
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