Testing Recoil Assemblies for the Taurus PT111 G2

I like to test things.  I test our products every chance I get.  I also evaluate similar or competitive products to see how we stack up and how we can improve.  In light of that, I ran some tests on our Taurus PT111 G2 recoil assembly versus both the factory and a competitor’s,  Galloway Precison’s, aftermarket assembly.

All three operated the pistol without any malfunctions for 200 rounds.  There was also very little degradation in the spring force on any of the units.  Neither the Lakeline nor the factory assemblies showed any noticeable degradation other than residue from firing.  The Galloway unit was stuck, and had to be tugged out of the slide.  The reason shows in the photos below and is due to the washer deforming and allowing the spring to come partway past the washer.  The end of the spring was also wearing the corners of the shoulder in the slide.

Here are some photos of the Lakeline and the Galloway after 200 rounds fired through each, before cleaning:

Muzzle end of Lakeline recoil assembly after 200 rounds
Muzzle end of Lakeline recoil assembly after 200 rounds
Even fit of large spring on Lakeline recoil assembly after testing.
Even fit of large spring on Lakeline recoil assembly after testing.
Lakeline Muzzle end close up
Lakeline Muzzle end close up

The Galloway unit was a replacement sent for our first unit after they recalled them for the springs coming out of the slides.  Galloway said the problem was due to a tolerance problem on the Taurus PT111 G2 in their recall notice.  The fix included a washer at the end of the large spring.  The end cap was also highly polished on the reworked unit compared to the original.  It could be due to needing heat to remove the end screws for reworking the parts and polishing off the marks from a torch.

After 200 rounds, the washer had deformed, causing the recoil assembly to ride unevenly in the slide.  It required some force to remove from the slide.  It was also wearing the edges of the slide shoulder and rounding the corner  where the washer was pushing through the slide and the spring end was moving against it.  The muzzle end screw was no longer centered as the spring had pushed it off to one side.  Shiny areas where it was rubbing the slide were evident.

Washer deformation on Galloway Recoil assembly after 200 rounds
Washer deformation on Galloway Recoil assembly after 200 rounds
Another view showing the deformed washer, rubbing on the slide and where the spring rides on the slide after 200 rounds with the Galloway recoil assembly.
Another view showing the deformed washer, rubbing on the slide and where the spring rides on the slide after 200 rounds with the Galloway recoil assembly.

 

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A little update on what this is all about, our Special Needs home at Lake Chelan

Framing of the lower floor of Ridgeview Place, a home for special needs adults at Lake Chelan.
Framing of the lower floor of Ridgeview Place, a home for special needs adults at Lake Chelan.

Lakeline LLC is part of our effort to build a home for special needs adults at Lake Chelan in Washington State.

Lakeline LLC will provide income and vocational opportunities to the residents, and others, with special needs.  The home is called Ridgeview Place at Lake Chelan and is currently under construction.  Lakeline’s home will also be on sight in an out building on the approximately 3.5 acre property.

We are at the framing stage currently:  http://ridgeviewchelan.com/framing-the-lower-floor-is-moving-right-along/

Get a handle on your Kahr, a charging handle!

Our charging handle for 9mm Kahrs is now available.

Get a better on the slide, make racking your pistol easier when loading, changing magazines or otherwise operating the pistol.  A charging handle allows your pistol to be operated much more easily, or even one-handed using a still belt or an available edge on a wall or piece of furniture.

To use it, grab the grip serrations and allow your thumb and fingers to use the charging handle as a “backstop” to keep from slipping on the serrations.

Looks great too:

Installed Charging Handle from Back Resized

Installed Charging Handle from Right Rear Resized

Installed Charging Handle from Left Front Resized

Installed Charging Handle from Back Resized