After a couple of weeks of shooting my new Colt, a problem began to occur. It gave me early warnings, but I assumed it was a break in issue and would correct itself. The problem was Failure to return to battery on the last or second to the last shot. The round would actually make it into the chamber, but the slide would stop just short of completing battery.
So, when I have an issue that I am not sure of, I do not hesitate to seek professional advice. Enter our own OD* and QKShooter. I shared with them my issues and suspicions of the culprit, and they helped me through the process. And for this I would like to give them public acknowledgment. I believe we are truly fortunate to have people here on this site so willing to help out. QKShooter even offered to buy back the product he recommended and , send me a part to try out. Both were timely, informative and truly a great representive of what we all should strive to be.
As it turned out, both were correct. Apparently the magazine springs that Colt had used in the mags were of bad quality, and were not strong enough to properly retain the cartridge in the lips of the magazine. The last round simply did not have enough spring tension against it to allow the extractor to make proper contact.
Taking the advice of OD* and QKShooter, I purchased the WILSON #47 mags with extra power springs. The pistol now feeds with no issues, and now after over 200 more rounds with no cleaning, it is feeding and extracting like crazy. I do not think I can get this pistol dirty enough to cause it to choke.
This pistol is a real honest to God 2 to 2 1/2 group gun at 25 yards. To say I am pleased would be an understatement.
I would like to admit, that maybe I have been wrong about the 1911 pistol. Now that I have taken the time to learn a little about the platform, and make an effort to learn the gun, with a little routine maintenace, I believe I will have as much confidence in this gun as my Glocks. It is certainly proving it to me.
Colt was notified of the defective mags, and is shipping me new ones at no charge, no questions asked. I will use them for the range, and buy more Wilson mags for serious work.
My load of choice is the 230 fmj. It has been known to work.
I finally have the most satisfying combination of gun and caliber. Me and the Rampant Pony; this could be the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship.
For anyone in the market looking for a simple, no frills 1911, I highly recommend looking at the Colt Goverment Model. Its the real deal, and I am already looking to buy another.