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I have a 40s colt 1911a1 w/ 5 inch barrel. I want to purchase a new recoil spring. Was thinking about a Wolfe brand or something else don't know what to get. Also I understand springs due to being a mechanic, an engines valve spring needs a measured weight at a measured length so do you really have to trim 1911 springs as people suggest? Gun is 1911 colt slide on Essex frame
 

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They should have them at Brownells. Like a 16-18 pound selection.
 

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Always support the little guy...great score. :lol:
 

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Installed on 1911 and wow its like a new gun!! really happy about it.

Tell me why do some owners cut down their 1911 spring to length?
Because people are too dumb, lazy, and/or impatient to order a new spring.

Same people that do "trigger jobs" that make the hammer fall when the slide is dropped. We like to call them "Bubba".
 

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Think hooks law.

F=kX

So that same spring constant (k) at a shorter overall length (x) results in lower spring force (f) So if you have a factory spring, and load bunny farts that don't cycle normally, people will cut a section of spring off thus lowering the "weight" of said spring.
 

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Think hooks law.

F=kX

So that same spring constant (k) at a shorter overall length (x) results in lower spring force (f) So if you have a factory spring, and load bunny farts that don't cycle normally, people will cut a section of spring off thus lowering the "weight" of said spring.
This is the logic of it yes. Handloading can benefit from lighter springs. But recoil springs are cheap. Why muck up a part that could affect function. I say leave it to the professionals.

Like kids cutting the springs in their civics. Yeah it's lowered, but function is not where it should be.
 

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I enherited the 1911a1 from my great uncle. It's around a 40's era handgun. My great uncle shot pistols in shooting compotetions before a handgun was viewed as anything but a killing machine. I recall now that this 1911 was the one he had set up to shoot low power semi wad cutter 45 acp. That explains the lighter recoil spring for low power target ammo. I don't reload 45 acp mostly 44 magnum due to cost. I have a close friend that reloaded for me but the ammunition would cause failure to feed. This 1911 likes ammo with a tight factory crimp. Even the lowest quality factory loaded brass ammo is alright in it.
 
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