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Old 04-21-2016, 06:12 PM   #1
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Range report 4/21 after getting gun back from warranty

First magazine ran flawlessly. Second magazine had a FTE/FTF. I went through 50 rounds of American Eagle FMJ 95gr. 5 times it malfunctioned.

I used the recommended ammo and gave the gun the death grip and still failures. For some reason I still like the gun. Going to clean it and go at it again. It came back slopped up with lube.

The factory did the following:

-replaced extractor
-refinished barrel
-chamber reamed and polished
-recoil spring replaced
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That's irritating... What other ammo have you tried? Ive had great luck with PMC and MaxxTech. Not so much with others.


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Try running it one round shy of a full mag and see how it functions. Could be the mag springs causing a nose dive if their not broke in and stiff.


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Old 04-21-2016, 07:21 PM   #4
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In total, before warranty, I tried Fiocchi JHP, Sig FMJ 100, Federal FMJ 95.

Since the warranty paper said they tried American Eagle I just ran 50 rounds a couple of hours ago.

On the way out of the range I grabbed a couple boxes of Fiocchi FMJ 95.
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That's irritating... What other ammo have you tried? Ive had great luck with PMC and MaxxTech. Not so much with others.


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I think I have read the MaxxTech runs good. Will try and find some.
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The way I have been testing it(and it went by very quickly) was emptying the magazines quickly to see how it would hold up.

Sometimes the last round casing would still be stuck in the slide but out of the chamber itself.

You are saying load it full but fire it until one is left?
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...a few thoughts, hope they will help?

If you're not getting both thumbs on the frame you're leaving a gap for energy to escape. Firmly is enough but get as much contact as possible.

I had a few FTLs with my 7 round mags when they were new, left them fully loaded for a few weeks and problem vanished. Like Albert said the mag springs may need some break in.

A quality gun cleaning brush, a toothbrush doesn't cut it, and compressed air, I've been using computer duster from Staples, does make a difference. Combine a seriously good cleaning with the lightest oil you can find. The Shooters Choice that comes with Kimbers is good, I've been using Breakthrough and a tiny 00 paint brush to get in the slide channels.

...just my two cents, don't be offended. Hope things go better next time out :-)
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:48 PM   #8
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I have the gun brush, CLP, Hoppe's for inside the barrel, and Hoppe's gun grease for all sliding surfaces. Gave it a mega bath a little while ago.

My preferred method is Palmolive and scrubbing followed by a rinse with water(this has gotten the cleanest results).

Compressed air to dry.

Inside barrel patches with oil followed by dry patches to thin and spread.

CLP the action, trigger, and mag well.

Wipe that all down until it stops dripping.

Gun grease outside of barrel, sliding surfaces in the slide and frame, guide rod.

Reassemble and work everything and continue cleaning out the dripping CLP.

So smooth after that.

Just as a side note, before I sent the gun in for warranty, a guy at the range saw my troubles and stripped the gun and applied white lithium grease. The next magazine ran flawless.
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Here were rapid fire shots with the gun and not trying to aim as much as gripping hard and cycling rounds.
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Like has been mentioned...preload your mags for several days...play with them..unload, reload, etc. Shoot it wet for several times....getter broke in!
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