11:34 AM Clock out for lunch.
Walk to car and drive to the range. Today I let myself into the indoor range, mostly because I wanted to find my spent brass with a minimum of fuss and bother, the other day while shooting the SA at the unimproved range below Arnold I lost 60% of my brass.
The first 5 mags I put through the pistol today were with what I believe is one of my two factory Springfield Armory mags. At least I should have two. The other one does not seem to be in either of my range bags. It’s probably hiding in the reloading shed or in the gun safe. There is also the possibility that it is/was the mag that I took a hammer to a year or so ago when it proved to be unreliable in all my 1911′s.
In any case the first 35 rounds were fired 7 rounds at a time through 1 mag with the following results.
1st mag. No jams. All seven rounds fired and the slide locked back on an empty mag.
2nd mag. Hard Jam* on last round out of mag.
3rd mag. No jams. All seven rounds fired and the slide locked back on an empty mag.
4th mag. Hard Jam* on last round out of mag.
5th mag. Hard Jam* on last round out of mag.
At this point I thought I had pretty well proven that this gun could jam on white bread as well as wheat and rye**, so I decided to try the same gun with the same ammo with my two Kimber mags. Also seven rounders.
Kimber Mag #1 = Good.
Kimber Mag #2 = Good
Kimber Mag #1 = Hard Jam.
Kimber Mag #2 = Good
At this point I tried two more sets with Kimber Mag #2 without any jams. Which pretty much proves nothing. Or it proves that the only way to shoot this gun reliably is to buy 20 Kimber Mags, shoot 100 rounds through each one (for a total of 2,000 rounds) and keep the 10 reliable ones.
I think it proves nothing. The gun is not reliable, in any way shape or form.
Dear Springfield Armory. This letter/post is addressed to you. Are you going to fix this gun?
(You have my phone number and e-mail address in your records. You can also reply here)
* I’m defining a “Hard Jam” as one that I need to use a tool to remove the jammed round from the gun. In this case a screwdriver to lever the round out.
** Springfield Armory, Chip McCormic and Wilson Combat Elite Mags. Respectively.
12:33 PM Clock in back at work