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Old 09-14-2012, 15:04   #1
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Commander being persnickety!

Went to the range today with my Colt (LW) Commander. It has been plated with NP3+ by Robar, and also received the "reliability" package at the same time. On the two previous trips since being plated, everything worked fine.

Today, however, I started to notice problems. I was using McCormick SS 8 rnd magazines (the kind with rubber bumpers on the base), and Winchester 230 gr PDX1 ammo. I noticed that the slide was not locking back after the last round. I thought this was strange but continued to shoot. Then it started to jam (not feeding all the way up into the chamber) and I noticed that the slide stop was working its way out the left side of the gun!

This is my 1st 1911, and am still learning the ins and outs of proper care and feeding of the 1911, so I am wondering where to start in looking for the reason for this?

Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. If it something mechanical, I plan on taking it back to Robar's and asking them to fix it, but would like to have an idea of what is wrong before I do that.

Thank you for your help in advance!
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Old 09-14-2012, 16:11   #2
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My guess is the "reliability package" is the problem.
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Old 09-14-2012, 17:28   #3
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Check the plunger spring and plungers, check to see if the plunger tube is loose.
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Old 09-14-2012, 17:35   #4
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i used to have junk i mean persnickety guns, then i wised up and got rid of them....
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Old 09-14-2012, 17:58   #5
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Check the plunger spring and plungers, check to see if the plunger tube is loose.
Agreed, also check that the rnd isn't bumping the slide stop.
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Old 09-14-2012, 19:32   #6
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It could certainly be the plunger tube.
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Old 09-14-2012, 19:47   #7
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Agreed, also check that the rnd isn't bumping the slide stop.
Also check if there is any copper fouling on stop, if plunger is alright try different mags and get a new Colt slide stop and try that.

Robar has done a couple of mine, have had no problems with, If I was you I would definitely give robar a shout.

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Old 09-14-2012, 21:48   #8
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Were those mags working for you before? I've found some 1911s seem to work with any mags any ammo, but others are more selective on the mags and or ammo. Because I have lots of mags from different makers that's the first thing I'd try with the problem you described.
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Old 09-15-2012, 22:25   #9
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i used to have junk i mean persnickety guns, then i wised up and got rid of them....

Are Colts now considered to be "junk" guns?


Thanks for the suggestions. I haven't had a chance to disassemble it since we got back from the range, but will definitely check out the plunger and tube, etc.

Thank you!
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:47   #10
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Nope, but Taurus on the other hand..............
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:10   #11
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Check to see if the internal lobe of the slide stop has broken off.
Not uncommon with Colt slide stops.
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Old 09-17-2012, 21:17   #12
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I took it apart, cleaned it, inspected all the suggested parts and areas, and it all seems to be working fine now - no more coming apart or mis-feeds,etc.

All I can figure is that I did not get the slide stop all the way in last time I cleaned it, and it worked its way out while shooting last time. If that was the case, then I can guarantee that it will never happen again. I will double and triple check that the slide stop is all the way in every time it is taken apart and re-assembled.

Thanks again for all the help and suggestions!
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