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Old 06-03-2018, 06:35 PM   #1
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Which way does the spring go?

1911 CDP; Usually, I am very careful about taking it apart for cleaning, noting everything, and going back together. Tonight, I must have been in rare form because I slipped and shot the recoil spring out across the room! I can't remember, nor can I seem to find easily, which way it goes in. One end is "flat" with a few winding creating a seat, the other is "cut". Kindof a dumb question, but which way does it go in given the ends are apparently different??
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:41 PM   #2
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The "cut" end goes towards the muzzle.
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply! Easy enough to sort even when fully assembled. I'll make a note of the direction, too, for future reference in the margins of my manual. Even the original 1911 Army manual overlooks this if I recall!
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:22 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Michael_A View Post
1911 CDP; Usually, I am very careful about taking it apart for cleaning, noting everything, and going back together. Tonight, I must have been in rare form because I slipped and shot the recoil spring out across the room! I can't remember, nor can I seem to find easily, which way it goes in. One end is "flat" with a few winding creating a seat, the other is "cut". Kindof a dumb question, but which way does it go in given the ends are apparently different??
There's never a dumb question on KT. We all seem to forget now and again how to assemble something and we have a great network of members to help each other out when needed.....
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Don't feel bad...every time I break down my M and P Bodyguard 380 I have to find a You Tube on it.
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Old 06-04-2018, 09:08 AM   #6
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I've been lucky and only had one ND with the recoil spring. They are easier to find if they stick in the dry wall.
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I've been lucky and only had one ND with the recoil spring. They are easier to find if they stick in the dry wall.
You guys are giving me some strong motivation to not let this happen.....
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When I break down my 45 for cleaning...I am always cautious of that flying spring.
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Just take a shop rag and drape it over the slide when you break it down, no more flying springs, problem solved.
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Just take a shop rag and drSabe thing.ape it over the slide when you break it down, no more flying springs, problem solved.
Kinda like popping a champagne cork. Put a bar towel around it and it won't go flying around the ball room. Same thing
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