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Ok, so this is the 4th Springfield Loaded I bought this year.

The 1st was a CA compliant model which is at auction now. It needed a sight replacement (which Springfield did) but shot beautifully.

The 2nd is currently in my collection. Needed the engraving sanded down where the disconnector rides on the bottom of the slide. It ran great after that. Up to this point, shot the tightest 10 yard groups.

The 3rd I bought used, it never left the FFL and is currently being auctioned off. The seller intentionally took pictures that avoided showing slide damage. I could have fixed it but wasn’t up for it.

So here we are with #4. I got this thing home, racked the slide a few times to check for function. It was pretty tight fit. (Tighter than #2 above, and that one was pretty tight.) Then I sprayed some oil on the rails and was going to sit here and manually work the slide a bit before I completely tore it down for a cleaning. Nope! I racked it about 3 times them it locked up hard. Had to beat the damn slide off with the plastic end of a 1/2" ratchet. Went to rack it again, same deal. Nothing was bound. I disassembled everything I could while it was stuck, bushing guide rod, recoil spring, barrel was free. Safety was moving what little it could. grip safety appeared to be engaging. Only thing left is that the slide rails froze up. I beat it off again. Feeling a little glad I ordered the lapping compound when I did.

Only thing I could think of is that the slide fitment is just that tight. You can see inside the rail grooves where it scraped in on both sides.
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I did lap the rails with 220, 320 then 600 grit lapping compound. Ran 1 mag and they ran fine but the slide didn’t lock back.

Loaded that same mag again and it locked back the second time. Seems to be ok at the moment. Still feels like it couldn’t hurt to do another pass but at this point, I’m going to see how she runs.

Setup just like my other one.
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After lapping it, do you use Dykem or similar to see where it still rubs unevenly? Just curious. I've never had to lap a slide.

I spent a summer lapping poppet valves when I was a student. The old guy who taught me how to do that was meticulous and insisted each one be perfect.

I poked around and found this... 1911 slide lapping 101. The author makes no mention of layout stain.
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My first Springfield 1911 was a TRP that I bought new online.
Got it home and the SOP was to take it down and clean it. BUT I could not get the gun to rack. Now I'm not some wimpy guy, but that slide simply would not budge. My first intervention with CS at Springfield was not a good one. I was super pist to say the least.
I was speaking with a female rep and asked me all types of questions. She went to talk to a gunsmith, and he told her to tell me to just shoot it. I said that would be nice, but I will not shoot a gun that cannot be racked. How do I know if the first round could be a catastrophic failure. This idiot would not talk one on one with me. Rather than argue any further, I decided to tackle it myself.

So the fun part:

I had to use a rubber pad and rubber mallet to finally break the slide lose. I took everything apart. Msh, firing pin, you name it.
They never deburred anything! In fact, it was so sharp inside, I cut my finger on a sharp edge. Once I got slide deburred and polished, I worked on the rails, They were terrible and the slide was tight to ride on them. Next was the barrel. Their barrels are not really round. They are ovalish. They had grooves in them from where the slide dug into them. The thing had rough spots all over. I ended up polishing it to a mirror finish as well as the ramp. Was a biotch to get it cleaned up.

Once done, this pistol worked like butter. But I never should have had to deal with something like this. In did leave a bad taste in my mouth. Called SA back and explained what the problem was and heard nothing but silence on the other end. They had no excuse. Took me hours to fix their bad workmanship. I won't buy another SA 1911...

I never had any prob with their rifles. I really wonder if anyone inspected it let alone fire a test round. The TRP is not their cheapest pistol and I expected no problems.

Just some advice. If you have some Flitz polish, use that in the rails instead of oil and assemble and rack it for awhile, then clean it properly and use slide grease, not oil.
The Flitz has a mild abrasive or Mothers Chrome polish or worse case if you have none of that, white toothpaste. They will all work to smooth out the rails without you having to guess where the issue lies.

Good luck. Nice pistol.
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