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    1911 Break In

    What is the normal break in period of a 1911... I have put 150 through my PT1911, with all being FMJ not HP.. I am planning on running a box of HP that i plan to carry through it on friday, but what wondering what is the period of ammo that you all run through your weapon before you trust it to carry...
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    I am not the 1911 guru, like QK, OD and Bud etc but my approach would be in part based on slide to frame fit.

    If there is a small amount of ''float'' then I'd not expect to have too much break in ... but also I'd be very alert to status of extractor claw after a good amount of ammo thru it - to make sure it is fully intact. Just something I have come to watch having had failures.

    Beyond that I doubt you have too much more to do - as long also that you have run it with all mags you have to ensure they are all good feeders. Same for when you run HP's thru it.
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    500-1000 rounds depending on what type of issues arise in the first 500. Then at least 100 rounds of your carry ammo.

    All of my 1911s are fun to shoot so I have quiet a few round through them.
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    What is the normal break in period of a 1911...
    It depends on which manufacturer you go with, if they are built to original specifications, they shouldn't need a break-in period, the US Government didn't have to break in the 2 million plus M1911s & M1911A1s they bought from different makers. If the tolerances have been tighten or otherwise altered, that is a whole new ballgame.
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    I'm with OD.. it depends on manufacturer.

    A lot of manufacturers will include a recommended break-in round count in their manuals. They will flat out tell you to expect some issues within that rounds count and even if you called them for service or with a complaint, they will ask you if you have gone through the recommended amount of rounds.

    Read your manual or look around on line for Taurus's recommended break-in period for their 1911s and then you will have it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    Read your manual or look around on line for Taurus's recommended break-in period for their 1911s and then you will have it!
    Wait a second... you are supposed to read the manual? I always just look at the pretty picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rabywk View Post
    Wait a second... you are supposed to read the manual? I always just look at the pretty picture.
    It's hard on all of us... I know.. But we can do it!

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    I bet limatunes would also stop and ask for directions while driving.

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    My owners manual said 500 rounds but it took 800. I would take the 1000 round route for complete confidence.
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    Both of my Baer's came with a recommended 500 round break-in.

    My 5" had a couple FTFs in that period and now hasn't bobbled in close to 17K.

    My Stinger ran 100% and at 7K just had it's first FTF while I was shooting left handed, so I'm thinking it was me.

    Regardless of make or design, I put 500 to 1000 round through anything I carry. Luckily I reload and consider it just part of getting used to the gun.

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