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Old October 20, 2012, 09:50 AM   #1
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IAI Javelina issues.

Alright so through enough poking around I learned that the IAI(AMT) Javelina and similar series pistols, the slides and frames are made from the exact same grade of stainless steel, which will lead to the slide and frame creating a large amount of friction between each other which will possibly result in the frame and slide welding together in small spots then cracking or at minimum poor weapon performance. So last night I attempted to remedy the situation by using some toothpaste on the rails and working the slide for a while, I will be going to the range today to test the results.
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Old October 20, 2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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Alright so after 50 rounds through the gun, rapid fire, slow fire, and hammered pairs. No malfunctions to report and amazing accuracy. The only remaining problem is when I manually rack the slide, it seems to bind up towards the end of the cycle, the only solution I can think of is to cut the spring or order a shorter one. Let me know what everyone thinks.
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Old October 20, 2012, 10:20 PM   #3
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So the gun functions fine and you are thinking
of altering the recoil spring ? What will that do
for you ? My Javalina is also a hard pull but not
much more than for my Delta. It might have
been engineered that way for a reason.
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Old October 21, 2012, 02:00 AM   #4
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If it has a recoil buffer get rid of it, otherwise, if it works, don't fix it.

Also, the factory recommended white lithium grease to prevent galling. If you wanted to spend the money to have it hard chromed that would keep it from ever happening.
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Old October 21, 2012, 09:12 AM   #5
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The only reason to shorten a recoil spring would be if it's too long to begin.
Like the coils are stacking tight at full recoil and making themselves into a bushing or long spacer, instead of a spring.
Springs are designed to work together as a system.
Messing with any one can cause unintended consequences and turn a good shooter into a jammer.
So far, it sounds like the problem you are describing is largely imaginary.
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Old October 26, 2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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If you keep the gun lubed and clean you shouldn't have a problem with it seizing. I've seen it happen on a 1911 that had a steel slide and SS frame. It was a tight fit and run dry. We had to use a soft hammer to get the slide off. I dressed the rough spots off and it was ok.
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