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Standard vs variable recoil springs


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Ordered new springs. Realized I picked variable by accident. 

 

Functionally, the difference seemed negligible. Anyone prefer one over the other?

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I've got times I prefer them, it depends on the cartridge and the gun. I like them on my .45s. In .40 and 9 I can take them or leave them. Practically other than "that feels better" which can be totally in one's head, I have found a couple practical uses that can justify them. 

 

1) When you have issue racking the slide, but going to a lower spring rate is not an option for whatever reason. I find a lot of people have less issue with higher weights if they can get the slide moving easier. For me I have one gun in a slick finish on a fairly polished surface, and it will always have a variable rate because of sweat and summer time. 

 

2) If you have spring stacking going on and have to clip coils, you can clip a variable rate spring at the light end and not really reduce spring weight much. I've only really done a few coils this way during my dark days of indulging in recoil buffer voodoo, so it may be less meaningful than I imagine. 

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13 minutes ago, lroy said:

I see. My question was more about the differences between them. Using them because a guy said to doesn't clarify much.

Do you have a gun built for you by a builder? My gun builder is not just some guy when it comes to what is best for my guns. LOL

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I don't think there's a huge difference, but I prefer standard springs over variable.  I want the spring to work at max capacity from the start, and not get progressively stronger as the slide moves back through the cycle.  To me, standard springs provide a better and more even recoil impulse.  But, a lot of other factors come into play here.  So, it's really personal preference.

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