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Like any other semi auto pistol, I would imagine the part that needs to be changed most often as part standard maintenance routine would be the recoil spring.


How often or at what round count do you guys change the recoil spring on your Five Seven? Where would one even get a replacement recoil spring for a Five Seven? It also looks like it would be difficult to get the spring off the barrel. Is it?


Any other parts you change at particular round intervals on your 5 7?

EDITED: Ok I just did a little research and it seems Midwest Gun Supply has all the 5 7 replacement parts I could possibly need. Now that i have a 2nd 5 7 on the way, which parts should I stock up on if any?
 

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If you're going to mess with the recoil spring, order the collar and snap ring from the front of the barrel that hold the spring in. Also slide covers are cheap direct from FN. If you can get past the hold music at customer service that is.
 

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If you're going to mess with the recoil spring, order the collar and snap ring from the front of the barrel that hold the spring in. Also slide covers are cheap direct from FN. If you can get past the hold music at customer service that is.
I actually ordered a replacement slide cover from MGW last week because I scuffed my slide cover. It was $20. I must have bought the last one because it is now out of stock. I called FN and they were sold out.
 

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I've been shooting one FsN since 2004. Guess how many replacement parts it's needed, not a one.

Spend your money on ammo, something you'll need.
How many rounds do you think you have fired through the gun since 2004?

I have already put 750 rounds through mine in the month I have had it. I shoot a lot and expect I will put 3 to 5 thousand rounds through this gun this year. Especially since it is my daily carry, I will practice with it a lot, and run it through a few classes as well.

No doubt this is a quality gun, that barely gets dirty even after a few hundred rounds, and it is very soft shooting. The fact that is soft shooting suggests to me it is not hard on parts. Regardless, I have always been in the habit of changing my recoil springs on my guns every 2K rounds. Sometimes I let it go to a little longer. But 2K is pretty standard for me. I think it is worth the few dollars to change the spring to protect the frame. When the spring gets weak the slide starts to beat the crap out of the frame. Not a good thing especially on alloy and plastic framed guns.
 

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How many rounds do you think you have fired through the gun since 2004?

I have already put 750 rounds through mine in the month I have had it. I shoot a lot and expect I will put 3 to 5 thousand rounds through this gun this year. Especially since it is my daily carry, I will practice with it a lot, and run it through a few classes as well.

No doubt this is a quality gun, that barely gets dirty even after a few hundred rounds, and it is very soft shooting. The fact that is soft shooting suggests to me it is not hard on parts. Regardless, I have always been in the habit of changing my recoil springs on my guns every 2K rounds. Sometimes I let it go to a little longer. But 2K is pretty standard for me. I think it is worth the few dollars to change the spring to protect the frame. When the spring gets weak the slide starts to beat the crap out of the frame. Not a good thing especially on alloy and plastic framed guns.
I had a Rohrbaugh 9mm, you are supposed to change the recoil spring after 100 rounds.They are visibly shorter after 100 rounds.
 

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I had a Rohrbaugh 9mm, you are supposed to change the recoil spring after 100 rounds.They are visibly shorter after 100 rounds.
Yeah I think of the Rohrbaugh as a novelty gun. And I believe the spring wears down fast in that gun. But a 100 rounds is crazy. I would have to change it twice every range session! But I guess you don't put more than a few mags through it on a given range visit.

But changing recoil springs is one of the most basic things you do to your gun on a periodic basis. Kind of like an oil change for your car.

I guess with a soft shooting gun like the 5 7 you don't need to change it that often, but you definitely need to change it at some point. Trying to determine how often that is.
 

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Yeah I think of the Rohrbaugh as a novelty gun. And I believe the spring wears down fast in that gun. But a 100 rounds is crazy. I would have to change it twice every range session! But I guess you don't put more than a few mags through it on a given range visit.
At $1,200, it's far from a novelty. If mine would have been one of the ones that run 100% I'd never would have got rid of it.

For pocket carry it sure in the hell has more knockdown than my Seecamp .32 acp.

But the recoil was, let's just say "substantial".

Back in the day the Star PD .45 acp was considered a GREAT off duty gun, but most gunsmiths rated the GUN at a 400 round weapon.

Fire 400 rounds and look for a new one.
 

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I'd say if they rate the barrel life of the gun at 20K before accuracy suffers, I'd say replacing at that point would be a good idea. Then again Glocks and such will go way past 50K rounds with original recoil springs. Your call.
 

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At $1,200, it's far from a novelty. If mine would have been one of the ones that run 100% I'd never would have got rid of it.

For pocket carry it sure in the hell has more knockdown than my Seecamp .32 acp.

But the recoil was, let's just say "substantial".

Back in the day the Star PD .45 acp was considered a GREAT off duty gun, but most gunsmiths rated the GUN at a 400 round weapon.

Fire 400 rounds and look for a new one.
Today given all the inexpensive excellent pocket 9s, not sure how the Rohrbaugh fits in. When I say excellent I mean totally reliable. Ruger, S&W Shield, Sig has many options, Beretta. Just about every manufacturer makes a reliable pocket 9 these days in the $300 to $500 range. All will outlast and out shoot the Rohrbaugh. It might be a little smaller, but not enough to make a significant difference. Plus I hate tiny pocket pistols. They are hard to shoot well. Though I have a Shield and it is an excellent gun in many respects. I have over 1K flawless rounds through it and it is crazy accurate. One of the more accurate pistols I own. Really weird.
 

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So no one does any maintenance to their 5 7 pistols other than clean them? Never change a spring? Nothing?

How difficult is it to change the recoil spring?
 
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