1911 question. My Dan Wesson Chopping cases

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by Texas Bulldog, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. Texas Bulldog

    Texas Bulldog Active Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    San Antonio, Tx
    Took it out shooting with some 10mm Remington factory loads and I noticed some sparks from the ejecting case's... 1 got lodged in between the breech face and the front of the slide, Jaming it up.

    Mechanically it looks like the recoil spring is too strong and cycling too fast not giving the spent shell enough time to get out of the way.





  2. M. Sage

    M. Sage TGT Addict

    Jan 21, 2009
    San Antonio
    Weak loads? Make sure the extractor is working right and isn't slipping as it does its thing, make sure it's clean underneath and that the spring isn't weak.
  3. cowboy45

    cowboy45 Active Member

    May 1, 2008
    mexia texas
    Unless it has an external extractor, it doesn't have a spring. May need to look at the ejector. Could be a bad extractor. Does brass have any marks from the extractor?
  4. Bullseye Shooter

    Bullseye Shooter Active Member

    Apr 28, 2008
    Texas Panhandle
    First, check the tension on the extractor. With the slide off the gun, put a empty case up inside so the extractor is holding it in place, if you turn the silde over (right side up) and the case falls out, you're okay. If the extractor is too tight, the case will stay in place and not fall out.

    If the extractor is okay, change out the recoil spring for a slightly weaker one. Your pistol probably has a 16 pound spring, so you may want to go to a 14 pound spring.

    If all that doesn't help, try installing an extended ejector (if it doesn't have one already).

    Hope this helps.
  5. Army 1911

    Army 1911 Well-Known

    Mar 17, 2008
    Dallas Texas or so
    The factory spring rate for 10mm is 20 pd. I think you probably need to adjust the tension on the extractor. the 1911 forum has great tutorials on this in stickies on the forums home page.

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