Recoil springs fit over your handgun's guide rod and control how the slide functions. In general, heavy loads need heavy springs and lighter loads need lighter springs. A spring that is too light can cause the handgun to open and close early and hard, increasing the felt recoil and battering the frame. A spring that is too heavy can cause the slide to be hard to open and could even keep the gun from cycling completely, jamming it. Installation requires disassembly and reassembly of the slide.
Recoil springs fit over a pistol's guide rod and control how the pistol's slide functions. In general, heavy loads need heavy
springs and lighter loads need lighter springs. There is no hard and fast rule as to how much "spring" a pistol needs.
Too light a spring and the pistol opens and closes early and hard, increasing felt recoil and battering the frame. Too heavy a
spring and the slide is hard to open and may not cycle completely, jamming the pistol.
Factory Browning Hi-Power recoil spring is 17 lbs. (Factory 40 S&W spring is 20 lbs.) Shooters who are using +P
ammunition or self-defense ammunition will likely need heavier recoil springs. Shooters using target ammunition may be able to
use lighter recoil springs.
Installation requires disassembly and reassembly of pistol. Variable power springs have coils that are not evenly spaced,
allowing for progressive locking and unlocking for smoother function. Every recoil spring package contains a free extra power
firing pin spring.
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