So this past weekend, I tore down the Limited gun and gave it a good scrubbing. Good thing, too, because I discovered a fairly major part failure.
Pardon the lousy picture. See what’s wrong?
Yup, the rightmost leaf of the spring is broken off. Said leaf applies tension to the grip safety on a 1911-pattern pistol. No clue where the broken piece ended up – probably the same place as my bike keys…
Fortunately, I keep a handful of Wolff sear springs in the shop. An hour of tweaking and fitting later, I’m back to about a 3# trigger on the Limited gun – not as nice as it was before, but probably about as low as I want to go with the current parts. It’s reliable and safe, which is the important thing.
Moral of the story – either a.) know how to do basic maintenence on your guns, and keep an adequate stock of spares, or b.) have a spare gun. Ideally, both. Brownells can help you with both the parts, and the knowledge. Check out their article by Jack Weigand, on the tuning of 1911 triggers*.
Now about that spare gun…
* – If you monkey around with the trigger group on your 1911 and turn it into a surprise machinegun, it’s not my fault. In fact, I will probably point and laugh at you.