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Old December 15, 2009, 05:10 PM   #1
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Problem with Taurus 1911 .38 super

I just purchased this gun and last night I took it to the range for the first time. It shot very well and has good accuracy, however I am having a problem with it chambering the last round. For some reason the slide remains open like you fired the last round in the clip but there is 1 bullet left. So I have to pull the slide back a little more and chamber the final round. I'm using the 2- 9 round clips that came with the gun and they both do the same thing. I even tried just loading 5 rounds in the clip and it still holds the slide back with one bullet left to shoot. Has anyone experienced this before?
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Old December 15, 2009, 06:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like you need to properly fit the slide stop.

The magazine follower has a little "shelf" on one side that lifts the slide stop when the slide is open. This is not supposed to happen until the last round has been fired. If it is happening before then, either the slide stop was never properly fitted, or your thumb is pushing on the slide stop when you fire, but since you say it only happens on the last shot, it is probably the side stop.
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Old December 16, 2009, 07:55 AM   #3
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Had the same issue with a stainless steel Colt Series 80 in .38 Super.
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Old December 21, 2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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I finally got a chance to try out the Magazines since stretching the springs and unfortunately it didn't correct the problem. I then decided it had to be something with the slide stop. So I took the the slide stop from my Springer Loaded and installed it in the Taurus and low and behold it worked! After closely comparing the two slide stops I noticed that the Springer slide stop had a deeper cut groove on the part that contacts the Mag. follower. Is this something that I can file to match the groove in the Springer one? Or should I get a replacement from Taurus. Has anyone dealt with Taurus before and would I have to send in the entire gun to get this resolved? Thx for any info regarding this. BTW the black slide stop is the Springer in the pics.


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Old December 22, 2009, 03:19 PM   #5
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Stretching a coil spring destroys its temper, so you'll need new mag springs, shortly.
The pictured Taurus part looks like it will ride lower in the frame than the Springfield part, and bending the magazine follower tab downward slightly should balance that. That is, the follower is contacting the slide stop prematurely, because the latter is riding too low relative to the frame. The Taurus part looks like cheap MIM, and I'd probably replace it with a machined barstock part from Colt, or EGW.
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