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Old 12-12-2010, 21:59   #1
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STI Spartan Problems

Ever since purchasing my Spartan i have had a reoccurring problem with the slide not slamming all the way home. It leaves about an 1/8" gap, about twice every mag, not allowing the gun to fire. I figured the gun just needed some breaking in so i kept shooting it. Ive put about 500 rds through it so far and the problem persists. So today i field stripped it, cleaned it, oiled it and put it back together. I took it to the range and now about every other shot the hammer does not stay back. I took it apart again and everything looked in order, but then again I am far from a 1911 expert. Any help is much appreciated.
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Old 12-12-2010, 22:09   #2
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get shipping label from sti and send back.
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Old 12-12-2010, 22:10   #3
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get shipping label from sti and send back.
This. They have great CS and will make it right.
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Old 12-12-2010, 22:21   #4
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the first issue sounds like extractor tension being too tight.

did you remove the mainspring housing and/or the sear spring?
if you did, check to make sure you installed the sear spring correctly.
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Old 12-12-2010, 22:47   #5
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He mentioned that he just field stripped it, so I dont think that the spring is the problem. I would also give STI a call. Like everyone else has said, their CS is top notch
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:42   #6
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[QUOTE=rsxr22;16450351]He mentioned that he just field stripped it, so I dont think that the spring is the problem.

I guess my definition is a bit different. I did in fact take the entire gun apart(sear, extractor, mainspring housing)...everything. Ill give STI a call and see what they say. thanks guys.
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:54   #7
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Like I had mentioned, extractor tension and check to see that you have your sear spring installed properly.
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:21   #8
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Ok guys...so i took your advice and called STI. I told them the problems I was having and they told me to send it in and it would be repaired free of charge. Since I live close to their headquarters I asked if I i could drop it off. They said no problem. I walked in and the gunsmith that I spoke with on the phone met me in the lobby and long story short he fixed my Spartan while I waited in the lobby! All with a smile on his face and a handshake. I turns out the chamber was a bit tight so he bored that out, alsoI had incorrectly placed the sear spring. It took that gunsmith 20 minutes to make me a lifelong STI supporter and customer. Thanks guys.
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STI for the WIN. Glad to hear you are good to go.
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Good to hear.

At least I got one of the 2 problems correct.
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:29   #11
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thats a real cool CS story, I like to hear that kind of stuff!
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:41   #12
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..... turns out the chamber was a bit tight so he bored that out, alsoI had incorrectly placed the sear spring.
That's exactly what I suspected from your postings. Good for Spartan for making a lifelong costumer out of you. The spring mix up is easy to do.

Why the fascination with non-GI barrels with the 1911 folks I'll never know. Most all the problems I encounter with folk's 1911s are the 'match' barrel not feeding well.

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Old 12-14-2010, 12:28   #13
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This story actually pulls me toward my next 1911 purchase being an STI and leaving Kimber way at the bottom. Thanks!
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