Ii suppose now I have had this gun a few months. I have been firing it without cleaning now for an estimated 500 rounds, using loads with Unique.
At first, it was just an attempt to break it in. I had two small instances of a failure to return completely to battery during my initial first 50 rounds, but all that it took was a slight push on the back of the slide with the thumb to fix.
But every chance I had, I would take it out and shoot it doing nothing more than adding a little oil to the slide rails, and lugs inside the slide, doing this without field stripping.
I did fully expect it to start malfunctioning at some point, but after about 250 rounds, it just kept right on humming along. Outing after outing, I would just add oil and shoot.
Finally, after this past weekend, I finally gave up, and took it completely down for a detail cleaning. This was the dirtiest I have ever let a firearm get. There was literally a paste or sludge build up in the slide, around the link, around the extractor, and recoil spring. It took me a good hour to clean it up.
I used a little Tetra gun grease here and there upon reassembly, and it operates like its on ball bearings.
Im not an expert on the 1911, but I would highly recommend this type of break in for any new all steel gun.
As far as this particular one, like my plain jane Gov model, it is definitely a keeper, and will get lots of carry time.....until I get that Delta Elite, then I guess it will have to share me:image035: