Hammer Problem on 1911 ???
Ok, I bought a new stainless Taurus 1911 for a cheap truck gun. It turns out that it shoots almost as good as my Kimbers. But after about the first 200 rounds when I shoot to slide lock and then release the slide with the slide lock sometimes the hammer follows the slide forward all the way to the half cock notch. I have taken it apart several times and can see no obvious problems with the hammer or sear. I have heard of this before but never seen it. The question is, is this problem most likely caused by the hammer, sear or maybe a combination of both ? I really hate to replace them because it has a really nice 3lb pull and very smooth. I was really surprised but I know this could develope into a slide drop and fire situitation. Any ideas ??? Any help would be appreciated.......
In my experience hammer follow on the 1911 is usually caused by the sear spring being too light as compared to the mass of the trigger.
Either try a lighter mass trigger, or a heavier sear spring.
My Taurus did this when I put a lighter hammer spring in it to drop the trigger down to 3 lbs. So I put the original stock heavy spring back in and the problem went away. Might be worth a shot trying a slightly heavier hammer spring before replacing anything expensive.
You're probably going to have to lose that extremely light trigger, but 3.5-5lb is pretty good
Well it did suprise me coming that way but I can pick up some heavier springs easy enough. How about the possibility of switching to a lighter hammer and getting rid of that lock at the same time?? Just a thought. I really like the gun so I'm not to concerned about putting a little money in it to cure something like this. I guess my main concern was understanding what was happening.. Thanks for all help and anyone else got a take on this issue please let me know......
First step is to disassemble and put slightly more forward bend in the sear finger of the sear spring to put more tension on the sear. No new sear spring is needed.
Just grab the sear finger of the spring and bend it forward a little more to put more tension in.
This is often all that's needed.
If the hammer still follows with more tension on the sear, you have other problems, possibly sear or hammer related.
I'll give that a shot and see what happens....Thanks