1911 slide stuck open during function check

1911 slide stuck open during function check

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    1911 slide stuck open during function check

    cleaned and lubricated my 1911 today and had an odd thing happen. i do 2 "hard/violent" slide pulls during my function check and it stuck open on me multiple times. to the point where i had to smack the back of the slide to get it to go forward again. this was while empty, no mag.

    i disassembled and checked the guide rod and recoil spring. all seemed well. after reassembly i have not gotten it to stick open.

    any thoughts to a cause of this?
    .45ACP 1911 Colt Commander XSE


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    New one on me, I couldn't get a Series 70 or 80 to do it. If it doesn't do it when shooting the pistol, I sure wouldn't worry about it.
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    i should mention this thing is brand new (less than 150 rnds shot) , so its tight as heck. ill see what happens at the range tomorrow.
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    I'm sure it was jsut a bit tweaked upon reassembly. Since it didn't repeat after you redid the assembly.

    Probly just the new "tightness" of it.

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    See if there is a sharp edge on the front hole of your recoil spring plug that is cutting into your recoil spring guide rod.

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    I can't believe it! This thread has been open almost 4 hours and no "Trade it in for a Glock" comments yet!
    As others have mentioned, probably either something causing it to hang, or newness of the gun.
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    Trade it for a Glock!


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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    I can't believe it! This thread has been open almost 4 hours and no "Trade it in for a Glock" comments yet!
    As others have mentioned, probably either something causing it to hang, or newness of the gun.
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    Try field stripping the gun and just running the slide all the way back & then forward again & see if the slide still hangs up or freezes.
    Then try the same thing with the barrel & bushing installed & the slide stop pin in the barrel link but, just insert the slide stop pin and allow the remainder of the slide stop to just hang loose. Do not put the recoil spring or the guide rod or recoil spring plug in.
    That will tell you if the barrel lugs are hanging up in the slide lugs.
    Also carefully examine the slide rails up toward the very front (muzzle end) of the slide and see if there are any burrs or rough spots on the rails or in the channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomEgun View Post
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    A bad day with a 1911 is still better than a good day with a Glock !! LMAO
    +1!

    Also everything seems fine with the guide ro and spring out.
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    What kind of guide rod do you have? GI, 2 piece, 1 piece, other?
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    Is your 1911 perhaps a Kimber? If so, the Swartz firing pin safety system has a pin extending up from the frame which disengages the FP safety. If you depress the grip safety during disassembly or reassembly, that pin will project upward and will either break off if you ram the slide back, or it may jam the slide. Neither is a good situation.
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    Did you happen to notice if when the slide was stuck to the rear was the firing pin extended out through the rear of the ejection port?

    I had this happen long ago and it was as Gas said related to a firing pin problem.

    Just and idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    I can't believe it! This thread has been open almost 4 hours and no "Trade it in for a Glock" comments yet!
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    Trade it for a Glock!(J/K)
    Trade it in for a revolver!!! Just thought I'd be different.
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    If it's an original style short guide rod, check your recoil spring orientation. the tight end goes on the spud. If reversed they can cause a binding at full slide travel. Even with a full length rod the tight end should go towards the chamber end.
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