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Old April 14th, 2017, 07:37 AM   #1
 
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SR1911 recoil spring

I have an SR1911 5". Getting close to replacing the recoil spring. I have read a lot lately about flat wire recoil springs and the thought intrigues me. Anybody have experiences with these? My first thought is don't mess with what works, but my guide rod seems to be showing some wear as well. If I have to replace both anyway, I have read that the flat wire setup works more smoothly as well as lasting longer.



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Old April 14th, 2017, 07:39 AM   #2
 
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I put a 16# flat wire spring in my SR1911. Works very nicely, no issues. The flat wire springs are supposed to out last regular springs by like 10 times.
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Thanks. Where did you get the one you put in yours? I have not searched these a lot yet.
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Wilson Combat sells the kit. The flat wire springs use a smaller diameter guide rod. The kit contains the correct sized rod. The Wilson FW guide rod has a sleeve sized to the hole on the regular WC buffers so they can still be used. Pretty reasonable.

I recently bought a Sig 1911. It has the flat wire setup in it from the factory. Haven't got it to the range so I can't give a report. I did order up a spare 17 and 20 lb. flat wire for the Sig to keep in inventory. Supposed to be softer shooting and much longer life. My buddy put the FW kit in his S&W and loves it.

Flat-Wire Recoil Springs/Kits-http://shopwilsoncombat.com/

I have a bunch of Wilson parts on my SR. They are top shelf. I'll probably put the flat wire kit in on the next spring change also.
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Thanks. Where did you get the one you put in yours? I have not searched these a lot yet.
I posted a short but informative article in the library forum here on 1911 recoil springs.
I have a 5" .45 auto I reload for and I change my springs out when I change from 230 to 200 grain bullets. I like the performance & versatility of being able to do that.
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Good article moakes58.

I usually don't change springs unless I see a decrease in reliability or excess wear.
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Wilson Combat sells the kit. The flat wire springs use a smaller diameter guide rod. The kit contains the correct sized rod. The Wilson FW guide rod has a sleeve sized to the hole on the regular WC buffers so they can still be used. Pretty reasonable.

I recently bought a Sig 1911. It has the flat wire setup in it from the factory. Haven't got it to the range so I can't give a report. I did order up a spare 17 and 20 lb. flat wire for the Sig to keep in inventory. Supposed to be softer shooting and much longer life. My buddy put the FW kit in his S&W and loves it.

Flat-Wire Recoil Springs/Kits-http://shopwilsoncombat.com/

I have a bunch of Wilson parts on my SR. They are top shelf. I'll probably put the flat wire kit in on the next spring change also.
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I appreciate the info and the link. I just ordered this. I figure I will give it a try while my original recoil spring still has some life in case something doesn't work out. From all that I've read I think I will like it.
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I've put the Wilson Combat setup in all my 1911's for the last few years. First, I like the GI setup, and second per Wilson, it's projected life is 40,000 rds. If I only get half that, the $19 is money well spent. They work very well, with ejection being very consistent and recoil very comfortable.
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Thanks for the help. I got the new guide rod and spring about a week and a half ago. Finally got to the range on Saturday and everything worked beautifully. Like some others have said, recoil seems to be smoother and I agree, if I get half the life out of it that they say, it is worth every penny.
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