Problem with RIA 1911

Problem with RIA 1911

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    Problem with RIA 1911

    I am having a problem with the RIA 1911. I go to load a round into the chamber and when I pull the slide back it doesnt close so I have to jerk it once or twice for it to close. Any idea what could be causing this. When magazine is empty the slide will lock back. Also I noticed the barrel move slightly.
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    A 1911 should only be loaded from the magazine, dropping a round in the chamber forces the extractor to ride up over the case rim which it was not designed to do. By loading from a magazine you allow the round to slide up under the extractor as it was designed to do.
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    It was loaded from the magazine and it had this problem. Tried another magazine and still had this issue.
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    What kind of ammo are you using? Is it hollow point or FMJ?
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    In that case I would remove the slide and make sure the round will slide freely under the extractor, I had one that had a small burr on the extractor hook and would not fully chamber. A few strokes with a Swiss needle file corrected the problem.
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    Im using Speer gold dot hollow points
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    Checked the slide when I cleaned it and didnt feel anything.
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    With the slide off try sliding a round under the extractor hook, it should slip freely under it, if not that may be your problem. Also check the breechface for any burrs or rough spots since they will prevent rounds from properly chambering.
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    Some 1911s just don't like some hollow points. See if it will feed FMJ.

    I posted about it on some other thread around here, but I had a RIA Tactical that would not feed reliably no matter what I tried. But that's really rare with these guns. If FMJ won't feed get in touch with Ivan at Armscor. He'll make it right for you. If nothing else they have customer service that could rival the best. Probably even better than Kel Tec because I've never heard of a gun going back to them more than once. I ended up trading mine before it got to that point or I'm sure they would have fixed it.
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    How do I get in contact with Ivan? Wont feed FMJ without the same issue.
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    (775) 537-1444 Monday through Thursday. You don't have to speak with Ivan, just tell them what's going on and that you want it fixed under your warranty.

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    You should not be easing your slide forward to chamber a round from the magazine. Just in case you are doing that.
    Your slide should go forward full force to strip the top cartridge out of the magazine.
    That having been said - your extractor is most likely tensioned a bit too tight.
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    QKSHooter is right. Are you sling shotting the slide or just lowering it?

    Try this: With an EMPTY gun, lock the slide to the rear. Insert a loaded mag. Pull the slide to the rear and let it go (like a sling shot) don't lower it.
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    Sling shot process worked
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    Aren't the RIA's shipped with ACT mags? If so, try a Kimber Pro Tac or Wilson Comabt mag. Some of those ACT mags have caused issues in some of those foreign built 1911's. My American Classic wouldn't feed jack with them.
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