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When loading that first round into and RIA 1911, lock the slide back, insert the magazine, then let it slide shut simply by pulling the slide back and releasing the slide release. Basically, let it "slam" shut, as that's what the gun does every time after you fire a round.

If the first round failing to feed is the only time it happens, this should fix your problem.

Quite frankly, it's the proper way to load a 1911 pistol.

If the problem persists, check the extractor for play. Pull the slide off of the frame, put a spent brass shell in the extractor and lightly shake the slide back and forth with the slide right side up. You should get some "wobble" out of the brass but it should not fall out. No wobble means the tension in the extractor is too tight, if it falls out it is too loose.

If neither happens but the problem persists after loading the first round the way I explained you probably need to replace the recoil spring.

Hope this helps.
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