If I had 3 thumbs they'd get em pointing straight up.
Few weeks back took my Ultra Compact to the range. Figured I had neglected the old gal being that I've aquired 2 new pistols in the last few months and had been shooting them almost exclusively.
Anyhow, dusted her off and loaded her up. Click, failure to return to battery. Time after time. I'm thinking ???? what could have happened.. She ran like a clock before she turned into a safe queen. Seriously out of a full box, I probably had 40 failures to return to battery. Finally after the 3rd or 4th break down for inspection I find my problem. Mechanical wear on the barrel lugs and the slide lugs. Gun would prematurely lock up, even empty. Roughly a 1/4 inch of barrel exsposed from the slide. A small press on the tip of the barrel back towards the chamber and the gun would return to battery.
Rather than trying to smith it, I called Springfield. They said to send it back. Wrote a couple paragraphs explaining the issue with my hopes they could resolve the problem. Also, asked for them to quote me the cost of a new barrel, as I've shot a ton of ammo through this gun, and I bought it used. Judging from the rifling, and the slide to frame looseness, it would be a good wager to assume this pistol had fired more rounds than all my other weapons combined.
Back on point.. Sent it in. Got it back just over 2 weeks later. AMAZING turn around time. Pop the box open and read ther invoice, my jaw drops.. First line of the parts section:
1911 .45 Ultra Compt Ramped BBL SS.
Yup. They gave me a brand spankin new barrel. Stainless even, when mine had been blued.
They also completey replaced my recoil assembly. Was a 1 peice, 1 spring, short rod setup. Now its a 2 piece, 2 spring, full length rod setup. Incredible.
Honestly I just expected them to turn down the extremely sharp edges on the barrel locking lugs, and send it back to me. Something I almost attempted to do myself, but thought better. Not in 100 years would I have thought they would have completey replaced the recoil assembly, not to mention giving me a brand spanking new stainless barrel!
has come early this year it appears!
A huge THANKS to the gang at Springfield Armory. You've taken a happy, satisfied customer; and turned him into a estatically happy, satified customer!