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Old 04-25-2016, 11:28 AM   #1
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pull on slide WAYYYY to hard

I have an ultra crimson carry II in .45acp I bought almost new about a year ago (well, the guy I bought it from said he had only put 20 rounds thru it...close enough to new)
It is the most accurate (even without the laser) handgun I have ever owned. I shoot cans at 50 yards with almost 100% accuracy.
but I have a problem (I can hear the "he is a woos" comments already)
I am 62 years old, and have a lot of arthritis in my hands. while shooting in no problem (I have over 600 rounds through it now and clean/oil after every shoot).
BUT, I am having the dammdest time trying to simply pull the slide back to jack in a round after reloading a fresh clip.
either it slips out of my hand (a rubber grip would be nice) or I have to switch hands and use my right hand to pull back the slide.
Is there anything I can do to help with this????? I own a ton of other guns (I am a dealer) but nothing is a hard to pull as this kimber slide.
ideas????
(apply a rubber or something to the slide...reduce the main spring tension...any ideas?) is this a problem anybody else faces?
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:48 AM   #2
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You might want to try a Wilson Combat Flat Wire Recoil Spring Kit. it may reduce the tension a bit. It will definitely last longer then a round spring.
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If it's that hard to do under ideal conditions what will you do if your hands are wet and/or cold in a life threatening situation? That was the deciding factor in getting rid of my Solo CDP.
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You might want to try a Wilson Combat Flat Wire Recoil Spring Kit. it may reduce the tension a bit. It will definitely last longer then a round spring.

JC, he's got an Ultra They only make flatwire kits for 4" and 5" 1911's.
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Hey Bob check out the Handi-Racker it might be just what you're looking for.
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Never saw that before.

Anywho, I'm surprised cause my hands suck for same reason. I have no prob with my ultra or full size models. For whatever reason, its the pro size that is the bitch. I've looked at all avenues without making major changes to the gun. Only other thing is try push the frame as you grab and pull slide. Or one of those gadgets or just pull hammer back, then rack.
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:03 PM   #7
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Cock the hammer before racking the slide. That should cut the pressure in half. That way you are compressing the main spring (hammer) first, then compressing the recoil spring alone. I'd try that before I started doing anything to the gun.
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How large is this can you are shooting at 50 yards?
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Originally Posted by Chuck43 View Post

JC, he's got an Ultra They only make flatwire kits for 4" and 5" 1911's.
Thanks Chuck, I didn't know that.
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Didn't know about the Handy-Racker and that looks like a possible solution. I might suggest that you also try shooting gloves if you have the basic strength to rack a slide...that worked for me when I needed improved grip as a result of therapy for a service connected issue. Also, I second the motion to cock the hammer prior to racking the slide which helped me during the therapy I mentioned above.

Let us have an update on your situation if you try any of these suggestions.
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