Recoil Spring Question

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    Recoil Spring Question

    Ok, I have ordered a complete spring kit for my 1911 (full size) and it comes with two recoil springs. One is a 18# and one is a 10#. What in the devil is the 10# spring for? It is lighter than the one that comes in it which is 14, or 16# I think.

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    It is probably for light target loads.

    A lot of target shooters and competitors will hand load light rounds that just barely meet power requirements for their particular competition. This gives them the ligtest possible recoil and faster follow-up shots.

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    18 pound is pretty much standard, I seem to remember that the 1911 was originally designed with a 16 pound, but ammo "power" (or whatever) has increased over the years from the GI ball ammo.
    The 10 pound is for target loads, I'm guessing. I bought a factory Colt years ago that was designed for competition and came with a 10 pound spring. That is the only time I've seen one, though.
    Hopefully somebody with real 1911 knowledge will give you better information.

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    I believe that 16# is still factory standard for a Colt 1911.

    Some makers have switched to 18# as their standard.

    So if you buy a spanky new 1911 and are getting stovepipe type failures then switch to a 16# standard or a 16.5# Variable Chrome Silicon (which I really like)
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