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Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by rvenneman » April 15th, 2017, 1:17 am

I am having a real problem reinstalling my slide. I have the trigger cocked, the spring installed correctly, and no magazine installed. I followed instructions on YouTube, and it seems once the slide is back it just falls into place.
I have to try 6 or 7 times before it drops into place.
Has anyone else have an issue with this? :?:

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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by Weasel640 » April 15th, 2017, 5:38 am

Are you using the Original Recoil Spring or A Wolff Spring?
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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by GuitarmanNick » April 15th, 2017, 9:10 am

I would suggest you take another look at the recoil spring. If you put it on backwards, the slide will be very difficult to install.
The smaller end goes to the rear of the weapon.

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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by rvenneman » April 15th, 2017, 10:19 am

Weasel640 wrote:Are you using the Original Recoil Spring or A Wolff Spring?
I have Wolf springs but I am using the original.

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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by rvenneman » April 15th, 2017, 10:20 am

GuitarmanNick wrote:I would suggest you take another look at the recoil spring. If you put it on backwards, the slide will be very difficult to install.
The smaller end goes to the rear of the weapon.
I got the spring installed correctly. I guess I need to get feel if it.

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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by Weasel640 » April 15th, 2017, 11:02 am

rvenneman wrote:
Weasel640 wrote:Are you using the Original Recoil Spring or A Wolff Spring?
I have Wolf springs but I am using the original.
OK so the Original should be fine. One thing to note (I'm not sure if this was mentioned in the video you watched), the Trigger Guard will mar up the Frame. The Trigger Guard will also pop back into the Frame while you are trying to put the Slide on. Simplest thing to do is to take the plastic top of a Soda Pop bottle and put it between the Frame and Trigger Guard with the opening facing away from the Frame.

Putting the Slide on is tricky and with practice gets easier.

Also The Wolff Springs are known to have a fitting problem. Do not force a Slide on Wolff Springs, it will be very difficult to get off. Most Wolff Springs need the ends ground flat to match the ends of the Original Springs. There are several tutorials on it if you search here.
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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by rvenneman » April 15th, 2017, 11:08 am

Weasel640 wrote:
rvenneman wrote:
Weasel640 wrote:Are you using the Original Recoil Spring or A Wolff Spring?
I have Wolf springs but I am using the original.
OK so the Original should be fine. One thing to note (I'm not sure if this was mentioned in the video you watched), the Trigger Guard will mar up the Frame. The Trigger Guard will also pop back into the Frame while you are trying to put the Slide on. Simplest thing to do is to take the plastic top of a Soda Pop bottle and put it between the Frame and Trigger Guard with the opening facing away from the Frame.

Putting the Slide on is tricky and with practice gets easier.

Also The Wolff Springs are known to have a fitting problem. Do not force a Slide on Wolff Springs, it will be very difficult to get off. Most Wolff Springs need the ends ground flat to match the ends of the Original Springs. There are several tutorials on it if you search here.
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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by rvenneman » April 15th, 2017, 11:08 am

Weasel640 wrote:
rvenneman wrote:
Weasel640 wrote:Are you using the Original Recoil Spring or A Wolff Spring?
I have Wolf springs but I am using the original.
OK so the Original should be fine. One thing to note (I'm not sure if this was mentioned in the video you watched), the Trigger Guard will mar up the Frame. The Trigger Guard will also pop back into the Frame while you are trying to put the Slide on. Simplest thing to do is to take the plastic top of a Soda Pop bottle and put it between the Frame and Trigger Guard with the opening facing away from the Frame.

Putting the Slide on is tricky and with practice gets easier.

Also The Wolff Springs are known to have a fitting problem. Do not force a Slide on Wolff Springs, it will be very difficult to get off. Most Wolff Springs need the ends ground flat to match the ends of the Original Springs. There are several tutorials on it if you search here.
Thanks1

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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by rvenneman » April 15th, 2017, 10:49 pm

Thanks for all the help. I figured out the problem. I wasn't pushing down hard enough when the slide was in the rear position.

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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by robhic » April 16th, 2017, 10:38 am

rvenneman wrote:Thanks for all the help. I figured out the problem. I wasn't pushing down hard enough when the slide was in the rear position.
I've had the same problem at times and it can really be aggravating!!! :evil: I've also noticed a time or two that the bar that is lifted to lock the slide back after the magazine goes empty will sometimes stick outward just a little and, IMO, THAT is sorta holding the slide away so it won't engage and slide back on. Something to think about - you just push it a bit further inboard and it's worked for me.

And DEFINITELY grinding the ends of the Wolffe replacement springs like Weasel states!!! If they aren't flat, it is virtually impossible to get the slide on!!! The originals are flat and I can't figure why Wollfe doesn't do it. I think I remember someone posting that they informed Wolffe about it and a bunch more people did, too. I thought he said they agreed to do the grinding before shipping but unless someone has some newly purchased springs and they're flat on the ends, it might still be a problem. I ground ALL of mine with a grinding wheel on a drill or Dremel. It is VERY important....
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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by BeoBill » April 16th, 2017, 11:12 am

I cut 1/8 inch from the end of the coil with nippers and it works perfectly.

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Re: Slide very difficult to reinstall

Post by Curly1 » April 17th, 2017, 11:52 am

+1 on the slide lock bar on the left, I hold the pistol so the bar facing up and is held in place by gravity to keep it seated.
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