Greetings and salutations fellow crazy people who spent big bucks on a funky awesome gun! I am in a bit of a quandary at the moment. I finally got ahold of an XR45s, brought it home and the very first thing that happens is my idiot roommate/landlord (the wife and I basically pay his mortgage with our rent, he couldn't afford to keep the house if we left) decides that he's gonna take this fancy new gun he's never even heard of and disassemble/reassemble it after I put it down and then go take care of something else that the wife was nagging me about right after getting home from picking this up (if I remember correctly the trash needed to be taken out). So of course, this genius (read as dumbass) who thinks that being former military instantly means he's a weapons expert who can work on any weapon on God's green earth fucks up the reassembly and somehow winds up horrifically bending/kinking/mangling the recoil spring on both ends while trying to put the gun back together. So, I need to know where I might be able to procure a new recoil spring for my brand new-to-me gun. Thankfully I was able to clean up and unkink the worst of the damage to the spring so it does appear to work still. But I'd still prefer a replacement, and short of making my landlord/roommate buy another XR45s off an auction site so I can take its recoil spring I'm not sure where to get another. Maybe Bond Arms still has some of the NOS springs from when they bought Boberg?
GONRA's not sure this can help - but t can''t hurt (much):
"Unmangle" recoil spring as well as you can. (Doesn't have to win a beauty contest. Its will still be a SPRING !!!).
Then reassemble using a #36 drll SHANK (check this, going by memory) as a slave pin to line up everything.
Pull the drill out of the front of the pistol when reassembled.
Get a 3 inch piece of #36 drll rod (check size) for yer Boberg Maintanence Kit.
I wonder if a recoil spring from a 9mm model would work? I don't know what, if any, parts were shared between the models, but it seems like recoil springs would be a good candidate.
It wouldn't hurt to call bond to see if they have a recommendation.
If you don't find another source, you could take the measurements of the current recoil spring and find a commercial spring that is similar. If your spring is too messed up to get good measurements, let me know and I'll dig mine out of the safe and do measurements.
Mark Dante might have one.
I'm late to this thread. If you haven't yet found one, PM me with your address and I'll send you one out gratis. I bought quite a few before the sale to bond anticipating a supply shortage in the transition phase. Ohhhh, and best not to let geniuses fiddle with your firearms. The result is rarely ever a good one.
Luke, I sent you a friend request with a message attached.
For Luke and everybody else. I highly endorse GONRA's suggestion of the #36 drill rod. Since the hole in the slide is smaller than the ID of the spring, the determining factor on sizing is you want the largest rod that will still fit through the slide and for mine that is #36. Before I made my own, I was able to find some thick coat hanger wire that worked, but the proper drill rod fits better and is easier to use.
To pile on to Luke's spirit of holiday generosity. I had to buy a 3 FT length of the drill rod and I still have a coupe of feet left. So until I run out, I'm happy to chop mine up into usable chunks and send it to any of my fellow "Bobergers" ( is that a thing?).. PM me your address and I'll just send it out in an envelope. I travel quite a bit so there may be a delay in my getting it out to you.
Wow, talk about unexpected developments! It's been months since I made this forum post and I hadn't expected to get any further responses! Luke, Major: I've sent friend requests with messages to each of you. Thank you very much for your generosity! The roommate isn't allowed to meddle with disassembly or reassembly of any of my collectible or exotic firearms as a rule; however when I brought this one home and then left it unattended for five minutes he apparently forgot that rule. I don't mess with his guns (unless he needs me to fix them for him, which happens more often that he will admit to anyone) and he doesn't mess with mine. Certainly not anymore after I showed him how much XR45's go for online and how there aren't parts for them and then asked if he was gonna take out a loan to buy a Boberg for me to use as a parts gun.
I had only two takers on my offer of a free piece of #36 drill rod.. Those got sent out today, and I have more available. So to quote Brad Pitt in Achilles, "Is there no one else?"
You can use it to repair most spring kinks by inserting it and the guide rod into the spring so they meet at the point of the kink and then carefully bending the spring at that point in the opposite direction. If you work gradually and carefully, you can achieve almost perfect results.
When you use it for assembly, I find the easiest method is to insert the guide rod fully into the spring at the most kinked end and then insert the drill rod into the other end until they meet. Insert this three part assembly from the rear of the slide through the hole in the front of the slide until the spring touches the front. At this point, it is important that the two rods maintain contact with each other at all times. Point the pistol straight up and slowly force the slide back onto the frame. The drill rod will get pushed out of the hole and will simply fall free once the tip of the guide rod emerges from the hole in the slide.