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I just realized that I've never posted here before, so here's a bit about me...



I purchased my first M&P .40 a few weeks ago and have been carrying it with me since. My only other pistol is a 70s model Colt Combat Commander. It's the nickel version with a black rubber grip (wrap around). It was my grandfathers, then my fathers and has now found it's way to me.



I've fired the weapon a few times and have had nothing but problems. I think it is in large part to do with the ammo I was using (metal jacketed hollow points) but there are a couple very small knicks on the slide that could potentially have something to do with it. The problem as I experience it is when trying to feed a cartridge. For some reason it will not feed into the breech. It gets stuck on the feed ramp and just hangs there. If I pull the slide back a second time and let it go it will usually feed.



I've spoken with a local gunsmith (who won't work on it because he doesn't know enough) who suggests that this weapon was intended to fire federal (not the brand) ball ammunition issued by the military and that using modern ammo is the reason for the jams. He's suggested I send it off to a 1911 specialist and have the feed ramp re-done and the slide polished.



The pistol is in fairly good shape. I'd guess there are less than 1,000 rounds through it. I watched my grandfather try to fire it a couple of times. His hands were so large that the slide tore chunks of flesh from the top of his hands and fingers. (ouch!) The finish could use some work. I've cleaned and lubed it and put a silicone layer on it but don't know what else to do. I wouldn't say it's rusted but it's corroded (ever so slightly) where fingerprints have sat for probibly a decade?



It's a very nice pistol in very good condition but needs some polishing on. Does anyone know where I could send it to have some feed work done on it? What other types of upgrades/mods would be good for it?



Thanks for the help. You guys/gals have been a true blessing when dealing with M&P stuff... kept me reading for weeks!



~Mike
 

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Mike, Where are you at? I could recommend a good 1911 smith, maybe a local one too.
 

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Sounds like your Commander needs a reliability tune up, a common practice. A competent pistolsmith can do that. Remember, a gunsmith is not necessarily qualified to work on a 1911, as you found out. I'm glad the gunsmith realized his limitations and not try to butcher your gun.



Like the other poster said, tell us your area (state would be enough), so we can recommend a pistolsmith. Don't be shy on sending your gun out of state to a competent pistolsmith.



Check here for a few great ones, www.louderthanwords.us
 

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Ricky T said:
Sounds like your Commander needs a reliability tune up, a common practice. A competent pistolsmith can do that. Remember, a gunsmith is not necessarily qualified to work on a 1911, as you found out. I'm glad the gunsmith realized his limitations and not try to butcher your gun.



Like the other poster said, tell us your area (state would be enough), so we can recommend a pistolsmith. Don't be shy on sending your gun out of state to a competent pistolsmith.



Check here for a few great ones, www.louderthanwords.us


Thanks for the great info!
 

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Mike, I do 1911 work but I am in Ohio. If you want give me a call next week and I can give you some things to try before you send it off and spend the big money.



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Most of the time a problem like you describe can be cured by using a good, reliable magazine. It sounds like your mag spring may be weak. Try a new Wilson 47D or a Metalform or Checkmate. Most likely, it will cure your problems. I have a Combat Commander and it has no problems feeding modern ammunition.
 

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I also have a Series 70 Combat Commander, and mine is persnickety, too. It's running okay now.



Some things to do: Replace both the recoil and magazine springs. They're reasonably priced, and I'd get them from Brownell's http://www.brownells.com. You'll need an 18 lb. recoil spring and I'd go for the "extra power" seven round magazine spring that Wolff offers. Make sure you get a recoil spring for the Commander, don't just tell them a 1911.
Also, get a box of 230 grain FMJ ammo - the best deal I know of is the Winchester version that Wal-Mart sells. Run that through it and see how it works - it should run perfectly, since that's what it was designed for.



Let us know how it goes!
 
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