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There's been some discussion in this forum about various Recoil Spring Assemblies, and for both the Glock and other pistols I probably own a dozen recoil springs of varying "weights". Luckily, they're all in packages that are labeled with their weight. If they all fell out on the floor, I don't know how I'd sort them out.

I've always wondered how you could go about actually testing the strength of a spring. For RSAs, we're interested in compression strength, but the other side of the coin is extension strength. Those are my terms, there may be more correct ways to describe the strengths.

Does anyone know, or has anyone done this without the really expensive lab equipment that seems to be required?

If you have a reliable method, I'd sure like to know about it.

Chris
 

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Seems like you'd need something similar to the tool you use to check valve spring pressures.

You'd also need to know the length the spring was going to compress to.
 

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some folks like to check their glock recoil spring strength by pointing the gun up (unloaded of course lol), and easing the slide forward slowly, letting go when there's no more forward tension left. then they look to see if the slide did indeed go fully forward into battery.

i've never done this, as glock recoil springs are $7, and i replace them sooner than recommended anyway. why not? they're cheap :)
 

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Glock recommends swapping out the recoil spring assembly between 3-5,000 shots. That's probably conservative...
 
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Glock recommends swapping out the recoil spring assembly between 3-5,000 shots. That's probably conservative...
they recommend 2-5,000 rounds for the 40cals, and 5-7,000 for the 9mm.

i agree, you can go much longer than that though. i just change mine out sooner becuase it's cheap, and i'm overly cautious lol :)
 

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jeez someone just gave my #5 post here a "bad rating" about two seconds after i got done typing it lol.

that's the second time that's happened in two days--do i have a forum stalker?
 

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jeez someone just gave my #5 post here a "bad rating" about two seconds after i got done typing it lol.

that's the second time that's happened in two days--do i have a forum stalker?
Wonder if it has something to do with the "Free Rat Ta Tat Tat!!!" from StayStrappt up in the chatbox. This is getting out of hand.
 

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jeez someone just gave my #5 post here a "bad rating" about two seconds after i got done typing it lol.

that's the second time that's happened in two days--do i have a forum stalker?
Wonder if it has something to do with the "Free Rat Ta Tat Tat!!!" from StayStrappt up in the chatbox. This is getting out of hand.
aww ***p!!! It was me, Don. Sorry. I was trying to give you a thumbs up earlier today, and I hit the wrong button. Why can't I just hit the thumbs up and undo my damage?

Stupid small cell phone touch screen. :mad: I e-mailed Rob earlier today so I hope he gets the message.

I'll make this right, eventually. Sorry again.
 

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aww ***p!!! It was me, Don. Sorry. I was trying to give you a thumbs up earlier today, and I hit the wrong button. Why can't I just hit the thumbs up and undo my damage?

Stupid small cell phone touch screen. :mad: I e-mailed Rob earlier today so I hope he gets the message.

I'll make this right, eventually. Sorry again.
oh! no prob, my friend! lol thank you for the nice gesture! :)

same thing happened to me before. a member inadvertently gave me a bad rating on his tap talk phone.

i though it was fallout from that "free rat" thing like cohland was saying LOL

incidentally, i just bought this HTC incredible android phone after having the iphone for 3 years--i'm still trying to figure out the android OS lol
 
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