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I was just looking at the Kimber 2013 catalog and I am puzzled about the recoil spring weight. Maybe some one can enlighten me.

In particular I was looking at the Super Carry Models. I noticed that the Custom 5 inch barrel used a 16 pound spring, the Ultra and Ultra plus 3 inch use the 18 pound spring and the 4 inch Pro 's uses the 22 pound spring.

If the Custom functions with the 16 and the Ultras with the 18, why go to a 22 on the 4 inch Pros.

Why wouldn't the shorter cycling 3 inch use a greater spring weight?:confused:
 

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It might have something to do with 4" barrels developing greater velocity/greater recoil than shorter barrels. The full size models have heavier slides.
 

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You would have direct the question to Kimber for a definitive answer. But, I believe it is in the name of the gun. At least, in the name of The Pro Carry. I think the heavier spring is there to reduce felt recoil and aid in returning the barrel to firing point in the least amount of time.
Anyone else have a better/another conclusion?
 

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You would have direct the question to Kimber for a definitive answer. But, I believe it is in the name of the gun. At least, in the name of The Pro Carry. I think the heavier spring is there to reduce felt recoil and aid in returning the barrel to firing point in the least amount of time.
Anyone else have a better/another conclusion?
Whenever I've had a question, I call Wolff Springs. They are pretty knowledgeable and always are able to answer my questions.
 

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Good question and I wouldn't mind finding out the answer. I've been running the Wilson flat wire spring in my Super Carry Pro for the last year and really like it. It was a more expensive but I don't need the paper clip tool to break it down and after a couple of thousand rounds it's still feels new.
 

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Not really an apples to apples comparison as the ultra runs a dual spring recoil system. I started a thread about 1911 springs here that might help to understand more too.
 

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Not really an apples to apples comparison as the ultra runs a dual spring recoil system. I started a thread about 1911 springs here that might help to understand more too.
Mike 240, you are correct. I called Kimber and they told me it was a dual spring operation and couldn't be judged like the other spring weights.

Thank you for your answers.
 

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DUH, as I slap my forehead! I knew that but I didn't know that LOL.
 

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DUH, as I slap my forehead! I knew that but I didn't know that LOL.
Yes, as soon as Mike240, said dual spring, I knew he was probably right and the two different types of springs couldn't be compared to each other.

Beside Chuck, you should have caught that, and kept me from making a fool out of myself.:D
 

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Yes, as soon as Mike240, said dual spring, I knew he was probably right and the two different types of springs couldn't be compared to each other.

Beside Chuck, you should have caught that, and kept me from making a fool out of myself.:D
I was right there with you, the blind leading the blind hahahaha
 

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It may not be a direct comparison and Kimber may agree they are different playing fields, but the measurement applied, at least to their advertising department, is the same and unless one is getting into the nits and picks of the dual spring system, for the average conversation, the standard replies regarding recoil and ejection still apply.
I'm not trying to make an argument where there isn't one, just pointing out that Kimber themselves look at it from two different perspectives and 16 pounds, whether one spring or two, is still 16 pounds.
 

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It may not be a direct comparison and Kimber may agree they are different playing fields, but the measurement applied, at least to their advertising department, is the same and unless one is getting into the nits and picks of the dual spring system, for the average conversation, the standard replies regarding recoil and ejection still apply.
I'm not trying to make an argument where there isn't one, just pointing out that Kimber themselves look at it from two different perspectives and 16 pounds, whether one spring or two, is still 16 pounds.
I agree, the published spring weight, the way it is in the catalog, is the reason I question it in the first place. Had I thought about the dual spring issue I would not have posted anything. Oh well I am smarter now than I was.
Be careful out there with the bad weather coming across the country.
 
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