Springfield Ultra Compact 1911 Range Report

Springfield Ultra Compact 1911 Range Report

This is a discussion on Springfield Ultra Compact 1911 Range Report within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; A buddy of mine bought this little beauty yesterday. He and I took it to the range today. This 3" 1911 looks great but man ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16

Thread: Springfield Ultra Compact 1911 Range Report

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array Kimberpackn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    640

    Springfield Ultra Compact 1911 Range Report

    A buddy of mine bought this little beauty yesterday. He and I took it to the range today. This 3" 1911 looks great but man o man its recoil is beastly. I carry a 3" Kimber and it doesn't recoil like that. The SA 1911 is a great looking gun. The grips lack texture of any kind with the exception of its wooden sides. Accuracy is good. We have nicknamed it "the mule".

    Sent from my SCH-I510 using Tapatalk
    We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. -

    Patrick Henry


  2. #2
    Member Array kmagnuss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    SW Florida
    Posts
    481
    If you change to a 24# recoil spring it might tame the recoil some.

  3. #3
    New Member Array swipes22's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Orange, CA
    Posts
    6
    Quote Originally Posted by kmagnuss View Post
    If you change to a 24# recoil spring it might tame the recoil some.
    What's the poundage on the factory recoil spring? I'm still pretty green but with them being such small guns, I worry about changing parts like that in fear of it changing the functionality of the gun. But you think it'll help? Do tell! I'm about to get this baby and I want to make sure that I do everything I can to tame recoil and keep it running smooth.

  4. #4
    Member Array kmagnuss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    SW Florida
    Posts
    481
    Factory Officer sized 1911's use a 22# recoil spring. Also keep in mind that the gun you were firing may have HAD a 22# spring in it but due to use it could be much less now.

  5. #5
    Member Array kmagnuss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    SW Florida
    Posts
    481
    I just re-read your initial post... are you sure it's a 3" and not a 3.5" barrel? My springfield ultra compact is a 3.5", which is why I ask.
    Also, as far as reliability... if you do change the recoil spring you are better off running a bunch of ammo through it just like you would a new gun to make sure what works best. +p loads may work great while WWB might not cycle well.

    Just for a little background, when a recoil spring gets weak it allows the slide to slam into the frame, which of course is transmitted to your hand very sharply. But on the flip side, if the spring is too heavy then it won't cycle all the way back and could stovepipe or not strip a round even.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Array Kimberpackn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    640
    Quote Originally Posted by kmagnuss View Post
    I just re-read your initial post... are you sure it's a 3" and not a 3.5" barrel? My springfield ultra compact is a 3.5", which is why I ask.
    Also, as far as reliability... if you do change the recoil spring you are better off running a bunch of ammo through it just like you would a new gun to make sure what works best. +p loads may work great while WWB might not cycle well.

    Just for a little background, when a recoil spring gets weak it allows the slide to slam into the frame, which of course is transmitted to your hand very sharply. But on the flip side, if the spring is too heavy then it won't cycle all the way back and could stovepipe or not strip a round even.
    Correction 3.5 "....and still a mule

    Sent from my SCH-I510 using Tapatalk
    We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. -

    Patrick Henry

  7. #7
    Member Array macdsc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    72
    My Springfield Loaded Ultra Compact is an absolute JOY to shoot ... The recoil is VERY manageable.

  8. #8
    VIP Member Array Madcap_Magician's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    2,247
    I've shot 3" aluminum 1911s, which are supposed to have harsh recoil, and found it no more unpleasant than a mid-sized .40 S&W, so I doubt that a steel .45 that's even bigger is going to recoil worse. Recoil's pretty suggestive, though.
    Not my circus, not my monkeys.

  9. #9
    Member Array kmagnuss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    SW Florida
    Posts
    481
    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post
    I've shot 3" aluminum 1911s, which are supposed to have harsh recoil, and found it no more unpleasant than a mid-sized .40 S&W, so I doubt that a steel .45 that's even bigger is going to recoil worse. Recoil's pretty suggestive, though.
    subjective

  10. #10
    Senior Member Array Kimberpackn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    640
    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post
    I've shot 3" aluminum 1911s, which are supposed to have harsh recoil, and found it no more unpleasant than a mid-sized .40 S&W, so I doubt that a steel .45 that's even bigger is going to recoil worse. Recoil's pretty suggestive, though.
    Just mho but this pistol has a more noticable recoil than my kimber ultra covert 2 and my G27 .40 cal. It's not that it is a bad thing. It was something I thought I would discuss.
    We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. -

    Patrick Henry

  11. #11
    Senior Member Array TheShadow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Stuck In The 1970's
    Posts
    921
    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberpackn View Post
    Just mho but this pistol has a more noticable recoil than my kimber ultra covert 2 and my G27 .40 cal. It's not that it is a bad thing. It was something I thought I would discuss.
    Interesting... my ultra's (raptor) recoil is also very manageable either shooting one handed, off handed etc. When I first bought/shot it I was prepared for a harsh recoil. I was pleasantly surprised how easy and accurate the little 3" .45 shot.


  12. #12
    VIP Member Array Madcap_Magician's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    2,247
    Quote Originally Posted by kmagnuss View Post
    subjective
    LOL thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberpackn View Post
    Just mho but this pistol has a more noticable recoil than my kimber ultra covert 2 and my G27 .40 cal. It's not that it is a bad thing. It was something I thought I would discuss.
    Would you say it's more flip, sharper recoil impulse, or longer recoil impulse?
    Not my circus, not my monkeys.

  13. #13
    Senior Member Array CowboyColby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    COLORADO AMERICAN
    Posts
    715
    My 3'' Springfield EMP isn't bad either. I prefer it to my G23

  14. #14
    Senior Member Array Kimberpackn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    640
    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post
    LOL thanks.



    Would you say it's more flip, sharper recoil impulse, or longer recoil impulse?
    I would say its the snap back of it.
    We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. -

    Patrick Henry

  15. #15
    Member Array swmft's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    miami,Fl, usa
    Posts
    178
    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberpackn View Post
    I would say its the snap back of it.
    snap back sounds like the spring ;had to change the one on my defender for that snap. The slide hitting the stop, Have a backup in 45 which is smaller and doesn't kick bad.
    Better 12 judging than 6 carrying

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

best compact 1911
,
best ultra compact 1911
,
springfield 1911 compact
,

springfield 1911 ultra compact

,
springfield compact 1911
,
springfield loaded ultra compact
,

springfield ultra compact

,

springfield ultra compact 1911

,
springfield ultra compact 45
,
ultra compact 1911
,
ultra compact 1911 springfield
,
ultra compact springfield 1911
Click on a term to search for related topics.