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Hey guys I shot about 250 rounds thru my 380 last night went to clean everything up today and noticed the one spring doesn't look so good. What do you guys think? Is it toast? It's the spring on the left and it's not broke just mashed together. Thanks.



 

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Toast....

It appears the spring was not seated at one time. I make a point to "screw" the outer spring into the slide. this helps ensure the closed coil is firm agaisnt the bottom of the tappered hole and clears interweaving of the inner coils.

If the springs were seated every time, then the available space at full recoil is less than the solid lenght of the springs. I also verify my slide makes contact with the front of the frame every time I reassemble. when checking, you can use enough force to jump a coil, but I can feel that when it happens.

once springs take a set from jumping a coil like yours, it becomes importaint to reinstall the kink the same way it was formed, since the kink will require more radial clearance when it is compressed and it will need be in the place where it found it origianlly.
 

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Thanks JFB. You're right I never screwed it into the slide, just really shoved it in the hole. :p Lesson learned and that won't happen again once I get a new pair. I contacted KT to see if they'll send me (doubt it) a new pair over here in Switzerland. CS over here in Europe is pretty bad in every catagory that's why I don't wish to contact any gun Shops. They'll be able to get me a pair I'm sure but I have no patience to wait up to six months for a pair of tiny springs. Last night I tried to bend and twist it back the way it was and it looks ok for now.  :cool:


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Toast....

It appears the spring was not seated at one time.  I make a point to "screw" the outer spring into the slide.  this helps ensure the closed coil is firm agaisnt the bottom of the tappered hole and clears interweaving of the inner coils.

If the springs were seated every time, then the available space at full recoil is less than the solid lenght of the springs.  I also verify my slide makes contact with the front of the frame every time I reassemble.  when checking, you can use enough force to jump a coil, but I can feel that when it happens.

once springs take a set from jumping a coil like yours, it becomes importaint to reinstall the kink the same way it was formed, since the kink will require more radial clearance when it is compressed and it will need be in the place where it found it origianlly.
 

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I had similar problem accept that my springs flared on both ends. I tried to make sure that the springs were in the slide hole. I also requested another set from Kel-Tec and they showed up within 4 days along with two other items I requested. Good luck. Tom :)
 

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Thanks guys! I put it all together after twisting the spring back but didn't try it out yet at the range or a BG ;D. I racked the slide a bunch of times and it felt much better but who knows it could all be in my head, the real test will be when I get a chance to shoot it.

I emailed KT but didn't hear from them yet, I'll give them a few more days and if I don't hear anything from them I'll give them holler on the tele. I'll be surprised if they'll send it overseas but you never know. :cool:
 

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if for some reason they wont work with you, reply to this thread and i can ask them send it to me and i'd be happy to forward it to you. two springs would easily fit in an envelope. i think i can afford the 75 cent postage fee to send it to switzerland so as to save you all that wait :)
 

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An update on my recoil-springs. I didn't here from KT for about a week after I emailed them so I gave them a call today. I asked if they'll send me some recoil springs for my P380 overseas and the guy said "no problem". That was my first experience with KT and it was a good one. I'll let yinz all know when they get here.   :cool:
 

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You might want to check and see if the space available in your frame is enough.

to check this, you want to see if the inside of the slide makes contact with the frame. to see this, first check when you know it is. put the slide on with out springs. hold gun up with light behind. looking between grip and frame, pull back slide and get where you can tell when slide hits the frame.

now try with springs. a gap less than the thickness of one coil will cause the spring to take a little crook, more than a coil will cause a coil to jump over a coil and make a kink.

I filed the ends of mine so that the coil end was flat, this removed about 1 coil worth of wasted spring material
 
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