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Old 03-04-2015, 11:26 AM   #1
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Question One quick question regarding the WC flat-wire kit for Custom size Kimber

I used the search function and read few threads but I could not find an answer.

I am planning on buying the kit for my new Stainless II.

Wilson Combat Flat Wire Recoil Spring Kit 1911 Government 5

I noticed that the kit comes with a short recoil guide rod, but it does not include a new plug. The plug is currently installed on the Kimber is for a full-length recoil guide rod, thus it has the hole in the center.

Question: do you buy a new flat plug (which one works with the flat wire spring?) or do you keep the one with the hole?

OK, another question, the kit comes with an optional shock buff. I have never used them, are they recommended with standard pressure rounds as well?

OK, I know, that is two questions.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:26 PM   #2
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I put the kit in my Custom (crimson) Carry II. Works great. I believe the outer diameter of the spring is the same as the original, so your current spring cap will capture the spring. I'll go down an verify that in a minute, but I'm confident this is the case. However, since I'm using a shorter guide rod I chose to use a closed spring cap in black. I think it looks better since it matches the bushing and slide. Also, you'll be able to dismantle the gun without the bushing tool.
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The original plug worked fine, but hurt my finger when removing without tool. I switched to one of these and it's much easier. Doesn't hurt my finger and I think being longer gives the spring a little more support.

Edit: I do not use the blue buffer pad. Most places I researched recommended NOT using it in full size 1911s.
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Quick question quick answer. Kit and plug on the way to Alanta. Ill give the recoil buffer a try and see if I want to reorder some. With one I think I am good until 1000 rounds. Thank you!
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Wink Let Us Know!!

Be sure to update us on how the installation goes and how your Custom performs with the new flat wire spring kit!!
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Originally Posted by Insta-Gator View Post
The original plug worked fine, but hurt my finger when removing without tool. I switched to one of these and it's much easier. Doesn't hurt my finger and I think being longer gives the spring a little more support.

Edit: I do not use the blue buffer pad. Most places I researched recommended NOT using it in full size 1911s.
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Be sure to update us on how the installation goes and how your Custom performs with the new flat wire spring kit!!
Buying the new plug is definitely a good idea. My finger thanks me already .
I installed guide, spring and plug and mechanically seems to be a perfect fit. I'll try it at the range this evening.
But I can confirm already that the blue buffer does not allow to release the slide by just pulling it back. It looks like the buffer does not allow to move the slide enough to push the slide lock down. I am not sure if with extensive use the buffer get "squeezed" so that it may improve but I am not going to try.

Thanks for the advice. I saved some money by not buying the extra replacement buffers.
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I've never used buffers I think that if they were necessary manufactures would put them in guns at the factory.
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I bought one of the flat wire 5" to try out, put it in a Springfield but have not shot it yet. My S.A. Came with thier two piece FLGR, bought a Wilson recoil spring plug. Pretty inexpensive and like stated above, much easier on the fingers.
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