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Evening, Addicts. New member here with a few new members to the 1911 family.

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I recently knocked a few items off of my 1911 bucket list and snagged a Springfield Professional and full rail TRP.

So far, I've taken them both on two outings. The first was mostly for suppressor ready firearms, so neither saw much action. ~20 rounds each. After a cleaning on both pistols, I took them out for day two. 18 rounds of Sig Sauer 230 grain FMJ target rounds into the Professional, I noticed some unusual marring around the flare of the ejection port. I immediately set it down, got the opinion of the range officers followed by some baffled looks and shrugs, documented the damage for Springfield customer service and put it away.

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Disheartened by my $3,700 semi custom I've been chasing for so many years beating itself up, I called it a day and let the buddy of mine I took to the range with me to pick his spirits up have at the TRP. It ate up a good 300 rounds without issue and not so much as a single cosmetic defect. The ol' boy had a helluva time and left the range, targets in hand with ragged holes and a grin ear to ear. His day was made.

After getting home, I emailed Springfield Customer Service with a detailed outline of events and respective photos. I asked if repairs would be in order and if refinishing the slide would be a viable option. They responded quickly and advised I ship it in for a closer look. They ate the logistics fees, which was very nice.

But I got a follow up email from a representative today, stating that their technicians looked it over and determined that the wear was normal. They informed me that refinishing the slide would cost $150 and for the complete pistol, $250, but went on to warn that the damage would only occur again, as this is normal wear from the cases being ejected.

I've owned a handful of 1911 pistols. All Springfields with various finishes and many... many rounds. But I've never seen this before. And with under 50 rounds, this is just unprecedented.

So I wanted to reach out to you. Is this type of wear typical of this model? Of this Black T finish?
 

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I never had that problem with my pro. That's ridiculous!

I would have a heart to heart with customer service.
 

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Yup, normal occurrence with a 1911 those brass kisses. Could be a number of factors that lead to them, but in the end, it's just part of life.
Now, let's talk about $3,700 for a PRO. What magic bean deal gone wrong did you go through for that price?
 

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I appreciate the input, fellas. I've owned parkerized, Armory Kote and various other finishes, but this one is new to me. If this is par for the course, I won't be pursuing a re-finish. Chalk it up to charisma, I guess.

...in the end, it's just part of life.
Now, let's talk about $3,700 for a PRO. What magic bean deal gone wrong did you go through for that price?
Lolz. Another part of life for some of us, I suppose. First I'd ever actually seen in person and wasnt letting it get away. It was listed as MSPR at ~$3,500 new before taxes.
 

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Not unusual, but... they could in theory tune the extractor. Our competition pistols were hard chromed, we never bothered about that if it happened.
That is true... It's a hand fitted, polished and tuned extractor, with everything associated with that component from the extractor back to the firing pin stop and slide being fitted, as well. An argument could be made that, especially with such a low round count, brass shouldn't be slapping the slide at all.
 

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That's unacceptable for that low of a round count. Something is wrong. Ive had Kimbers with their crappy finish last a lot longer. Its getting hammered by brass, not "kissed".
Kim... :sick2: Kimber?! Oh, it's ON!!

I kid. But I came to the same conclusion and relayed to SA CS accordingly via email. I've omitted said emails, names and potentially confidential information out of professional respect. Not that the respect was mutual when they tried to sell us, along with 2A down the Rock River - but I digress on the politics.
 

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Not unusual, but... they could in theory tune the extractor. Our competition pistols were hard chromed, we never bothered about that if it happened.
Bingo, this right here ^^^.

Let's see a photo of the ejector with the slide open. It might be a tad long.
 
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BTW don't feel bad. I just started running ammo through my new range officer. It's doing the same thing.

Not hard to fix.
 

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Ejector and extractor tuning can fix this. Some pistols do this, some don’t. I’ve never had a quality pistol do this.

**Quality pistol, as in a full custom build or one that has been looked over by a competent pistol smith. I haven’t had the issue with any pistol I’ve bought from the Big Three from Arkansas.
 

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Wilson Combat suffer from the same affliction...albeit with a tad more than 20 rounds.
 
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