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Old April 16th, 2015, 09:45 PM   #1
 
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Lightweight Commander problem

Bought it yesterday and took it to the range today after cleaning it. Had about a 15% malfunction rate. Fired two entirely different brands of FMJ for 136 rounds total. Five times failed to load round into chamber. Had to lock the slide back to clear it. Probably 15 times failed to go into battery. Had to tap the rear of the slide to seat the round. Two different brands of magazines. Been shooting a lot of years but I am at a loss. Accuracy was good. Beautiful gun overall. Just scratching my head right now. Davidsons was the distributor for it so I'm not real worried. Once the problem is solved I think it will be a great gun.



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Old April 16th, 2015, 10:11 PM   #2
 
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Man that sucks hope you get it fixed!!!
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Well, you ruled out the ammo, the mags, and the shooter, and you cleaned it. I am at a loss. I own one, and it has been 100% reliable so far, and I shoot my lead reloads through it most of the time. Sorry to hear you are having trouble.
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I would examine the feed ramp, it may need a little smoothing to allow the cartridges to enter the chamber properly.
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Bought it yesterday and took it to the range today after cleaning it. Had about a 15% malfunction rate. Fired two entirely different brands of FMJ for 136 rounds total. Five times failed to load round into chamber. Had to lock the slide back to clear it. Probably 15 times failed to go into battery. Had to tap the rear of the slide to seat the round. Two different brands of magazines. Been shooting a lot of years but I am at a loss. Accuracy was good. Beautiful gun overall. Just scratching my head right now. Davidsons was the distributor for it so I'm not real worried. Once the problem is solved I think it will be a great gun.
Keep in mind most 1911's take 500 rounds to break in properly, so I would not worry too much, but I know it's a pain.

Exactly what kind of ammo did you use and what magazines?
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Fired 100 rds of Perfecta which is made by Fiocchi. Decided to switch brands and went With Blazer Brass next. After 36 rounds and more of the same problems I decided to quit wasting ammo. Used the two mags that came with the gun and two Remington mags. The mags are made by MecGar. The gun is very tight so it may require a long break in. Cleaned it again last night. The feed ramp is a titanium insert and appears to be ok. May need a stronger recoil spring. I intend to fire a hundred or so of JHP next. Go from there on deciding to contact Davidsons.
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Make sure you are holding the pistol firmly during recoil. Like polymer, lightweight commanders can be made to choke up by not holding the pistol tight during cycling. This can especially happen if you also owned and shoot the all steel version.

If this does not cure it I would put some more rounds through it before sending it back.
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500 round break in. That is about 475 reasons to stay away from 1911's I think.
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OK...so back to the range today after cleaning it last night. While I had it apart did a drop test of sorts on it. I would hold the barrel chamber facing up and then drop in a round. I would then turn the barrel over to see if the round dropped out freely. Tried this with several brands of ammo. The only brand that freely dropped was Remington UMC JHP. The other brands required using my fingertips to pull the round out. At the range fired 50 flawless rounds of Remington UMC JHP. Then attempted to load and fire PMC Bronze 185 gr JHP. No luck. Would not feed whatsoever. I then loaded a mag with Hornady TAP FPD. First 6 rds down range no problem. Round 7 would not chamber. Stopped wasting ammo at this point. Took it home and cleaned it and to the gun shop. It's back on it's way to Davidsons. Waiting on a new one. Such is life. I suspect the barrel to be the problem.
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500 round break in. That is about 475 reasons to stay away from 1911's I think.
I'm not far from agreeing with that right about now. How's things in Etowah County? I grew up in St. Clair County. Still have people around Glencoe and Hokes Bluff.
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Warbird!, we moved from Hokes Bluff 5 years ago to Glencoe. Things are very wet here. Slow rain all day today and yesterday and day before. Moved out here and I have a shooting range on the back of my property. Sweet!
Hope the 1911 problem gets handled to your satisfaction. I know they can be picky sometimes. I had a friend who was a pistol and revolver collector for sure. Tons of Guns. Many Smiths and Whatevers. The gun he carried in his truck and shot more than everything else was a WW II very well used 1911.
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Out of the millions of 1911's made, one has problem(s) and you're junking the lot? Seriously?
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Warbird!, we moved from Hokes Bluff 5 years ago to Glencoe. Things are very wet here. Slow rain all day today and yesterday and day before. Moved out here and I have a shooting range on the back of my property. Sweet!
Hope the 1911 problem gets handled to your satisfaction. I know they can be picky sometimes. I had a friend who was a pistol and revolver collector for sure. Tons of Guns. Many Smiths and Whatevers. The gun he carried in his truck and shot more than everything else was a WW II very well used 1911.
Hey thanks. I learned to shoot with a 1911. Own various other guns but still like the 1911. Have a Sig and a Magnum Research in the full size variety. The Commander will be replaced by Davidsons under their warranty. Just have to wait for it now.
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Did anyone else shoot the pistol?
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Keep in mind most 1911's take 500 rounds to break in properly, so I would not worry too much, but I know it's a pain.

Exactly what kind of ammo did you use and what magazines?

I have owned many 1911 and if you have problems after 50 rounds 450 more you will still have problems. The only 1911 that needs 500 break in is a Les Bear.
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