No pencil shooting on this one

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Kurt Roseler, Apr 28, 2019.

  1. Kurt Roseler

    Kurt Roseler New Member

    Apr 28, 2019
    I am new to 1911s so please be gentle with me. Mine wont fire. The firing pin protrudes maybe 2mm from the keeper. With the hammer down and the pin flush the firing pin is still about 3mm from hitting the brass still deep inside the slide. If I remove the slide and take a tool and push the firing pin in it is well inside the keeper before the pin could contact the brass. New firing pin and it looks fine. I know it is not so but it seems the firing in OAL is too short, but, thats impossible. Driving me nuts! Thanks in advance for the help.
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  2. Bully

    Bully Is that so...

    May 12, 2016
    IF you have a go/no-go gauge for your caliber I would double check the chamber depth.
    If the pistol is new, from a dealer, bring it back regardless. QC issues with most manufacturers are relatively rare, but stuff slips by.
    If purchased second hand, call the seller and get your money back if possible.
    If the above is not possible, bring the pistol to a REPUTABLE gunsmith, best if they specialize in the 1911 platform.
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  3. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    Could you please provide make and model , new or used , did you replace the fireing pin spring ?
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  4. Kurt Roseler

    Kurt Roseler New Member

    Apr 28, 2019
    New Colt 80 always worked w/o any issues until I stripped it down. Never replaced firing pin it was new also. I have to believe I did something I cant figure out.
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  5. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Disassemble it again and start over, there are a limited number of things that could be wrong. Lots of 1911 disassembly/assembly videos on youtube that are easy to follow.
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  6. easy10

    easy10 Well-Known Member

    Mar 7, 2019
    I would check how the hammer strut is seated in the mainspring cap.
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  7. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sounds as if something is amiss with the firing pin lock bits.
    Disassemble and watch one of the numerous YouTube videos when reassembling
  8. InstiGator

    InstiGator Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    I'd tear it down and reassemble like others have suggested. Try following these videos. Tear down:


    If that doesn't work, contact the manufacturer or a reputable gunsmith. Good luck!
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  9. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Don't remember what I did wrong but one of my Colts was the same way. I took it apart and put it back together right and no problems. Take it apart and put it back together correctly.
  10. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    We are here to help fellow addicts. We all learn by others problems! :grin:
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  11. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    That is the way it was designed, an inertial firing pin that will not protrude to hit the firing pin until it is struck by the falling hammer, not just pushed.

    As to not shooting, I think it is possible to get one of the S80 firing pin block levers in wrong.
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  12. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    I think I had the sear upside down but not sure.
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  13. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017

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  14. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    Your right Sonny ,I just learned to stay away from a series 80 ,
    Damn parts all over the place ! :bang:
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  15. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Series 70, just as JMB intended . . . only back then, it would have been a Series 10 or something.

    Just sayin . . . . . .
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2019
  16. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    After thinking about it it may very well have been the 80 series parts. LOL Apart was backwards is all i remember. Pulled it out at the one of the shoots and it wouldn't go bang. LOL
  17. leadfarmer

    leadfarmer Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2018
    You tube series 80 reassembly, watch it closely. This happened to me and I had the one piece in backwards. Would not fire

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  18. Kurt Roseler

    Kurt Roseler New Member

    Apr 28, 2019
    Thanks everybody. I had to travel today for work. Ill take it apart and put it back carefully and see whats up. I removed the 80 trigger parts and put it back to original configuration with a kit and it did shoot fine. Ill do what everybody has suggested and report back. Thanks again!
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  19. Howe45acp

    Howe45acp Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2017
    When you removed the 80 series trigger parts, did you remove the plunger & spring from the slide? If not, then there’s your issue.
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  20. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Z. Self medicating again to the point of dyslexia? JBM?
    Just kidding lol. :o.o:
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