Replacing recoil spring...easy or not? EAA Witness ful size.

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    Replacing recoil spring...easy or not? EAA Witness ful size.

    This would be in an EAA Witness full size.
    It's in the pipe line or otherwise I wouldn't bother asking.
    I have read that a heftier recoil spring is advisable in the 10mm model...can I do it myself or need a gunsmith?

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    You can easily replace the recoil spring with no tools required. As far as a replacement spring.

    http://www.eaacorp.com/Manuals/witness.pdf


    I'd check with Wolff Springs to see which one you need, but I would guess the 16 LB spring.

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    Before you send that first round downrange, learn how to field strip the gun at the very least. Take it apart, clean/lube it, and become familiar with the operation. That way, you don't look like a complete idiot if something simple goes wrong. Soon, you need to learn how to completely detail strip the gun. It makes cleaning and inspection so much easier, and it makes you much more comfortable with the gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flaboatbum View Post
    I have read that a heftier recoil spring is advisable in the 10mm model..
    yes...if you are shooting stout handloads
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    If you're ordering it as a 10mm, it should come with the proper spring. If you're planning on doing some conversions, you need to know WAY more about guns than sticking in a new spring.
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    The full-size Witness is one of the easiest pistols to field strip. Push the slide back until the two dimples (one on the frame and one on the slide) line up, pop the slide stop out and pull the slide forward. THAT'S IT - PERIOD. I had one for about 5 years and then switched back to a 1911. What a difference! The Witness is so easy to field strip and re-assemble. BTW - WELCOME TO THE FORUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    If you're ordering it as a 10mm, it should come with the proper spring. If you're planning on doing some conversions, you need to know WAY more about guns than sticking in a new spring.
    No worries Husker. I've done a ton of homework. Short version, the full size 10mm Witness begs for a heftier recoil spring for hot loads as verified by a bunch of experts. Yes, the factory spring is OK for watered down loads.

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    Easy, easy, easy.

    Witnesses used to be undersprung (14 pounds) for all but the least powerful factory loads - - rumor has it that even the Winnie 175 Silvertips (the most commonly available factory loading) would crack the slide if the spring wasn't replaced.

    I don't know if that's true or not, but since I shoot Double Taps out of my Witness, I went ahead and re-sprung it with an 18-pounder. It's a Wolfe (sp?) and I got it from Midway.
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    Thanks Randy and Sniper 58. An 18 or 20 Lb spring is what I was going to install. I see Wolff offers a "variety pac" for experimenting. One clue for proper spring weight (according to Wolff) is how far the brass is being ejected...too far = weak spring.

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    "As a rule of thumb, if your spent casings are first hitting the ground in the 3 to 6 foot range, then the recoil spring is approximately correct. If you are ejecting beyond the 6-8 foot range, then a heavier recoil spring is generally required. If your casings are ejecting less than 3 feet, a lighter recoil spring may be needed to assure reliable functioning. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by flaboatbum View Post
    One clue for proper spring weight (according to Wolff) is how far the brass is being ejected...too far = weak spring.
    +1 to that! When I first got my Rock Island .45, it ejected brass 10 firing lanes away! I was on point 1 and the guy on 11 was bringing my brass! The heavier Wolfe spring did the trick. BTW - I loved my Witness. The only reason I sold her was to get a second 1911 (Taurus) so I had one platform, interchangeable magazines and one type of ammo to keep track of. Simple is better as I age! Tangfolio makes a very good gun!
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