1911 Scheduled Maintenance?

1911 Scheduled Maintenance?

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    1911 Scheduled Maintenance?

    I have read a few places about certain items, fireng pin springs, recoil springs, magazines springs and other parts which should be changed out after so many rounds...

    If this is true, does any have a scheduled maintenance plan for their 1911?


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    I've never heard of "scheduled maintenance". If a spring is weak and causes problems, replace it. If for instance the firing pin isn't striking the primer hard enough then look at the spring.

    Really, a magazine should last a long time. I've popped in WWII era mags and they've functioned fine. The ammo they had in them worked fine as well. If you start having failures then you can evaluate the problem areas and replace things as needed.
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    My guess is only the most anal 1911 shooters keep close enough track of their total rounds through their guns to know when it's time to pre-emptively change out parts subject to wear. Thus most maintenance is probably "on condition" - when something goes south.

    That said, I guess at when I've put somewhere between 3-5000 rounds through my 1911s, and change out the recoil spring. It's a prime contributor to feed and ejection reliability and it's cheap enough ($10 range) to replace if questionable.

    Beyond that, the most likely parts to break are the extractor and then probably the slide stop. The extractor on my first 1911 broke during a training at somewhere (guessing) around 10K rounds, and I gad the 'smith go through the rest of the gun for other potential problems. None found, not even the mainspring.

    FWIW, that gun is a very basic Springfield 1911-A1, vintage 1990.
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    Suggestions from the M1911.org: Care of your M-1911
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    Care for your 1911 for sure, but I would have a hard time replacing parts that I know are working.

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    I had a 1911 mainspring get weak and fail once, but that was after tens of thousands of rounds. It was something like five bucks to buy a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX9RCAM View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Works for me...

    Now it does, must have been fluke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    My guess is only the most anal 1911 shooters keep close......
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