Author Archive | John Travis

The 1911 Magazine Design: The Wadcutter Magazine

The 1911 Magazine Design: The Wadcutter Magazine Many people sense that I have nothing but disdain for the “Wadcutter” type magazine. I suppose that’s partly my fault, but it’s actually not true. The wadcutter magazine is an excellent design…for what it was designed for. Take it outside of its venue…trying to use it for something […]

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Full Length Guide Rod and the 1911

Full Length Guide Rod and the 1911   A question came up about full length guide rods’ function is preventing spring “kink” or flexion.  This old fluroscope photograph of a 1911 caught at the instant of firing shows that it can’t happen with the original guide rod…with only 5 or 6 unsupported coils.  The spring’s […]

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1911 vs the Glock

It seems that the debate/argument/flame war re the 1911 vs the Glock shows up almost every day…with the Glock fans insisting that their toy is the far superior design. But, if they knew just how much of it is 1911…and how many of its features were borrowed/stolen from not only John Browning…but many of his […]

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How to detail strip a 1911

How to detail strip a 1911 Hunter and I decided to do a slower detail strip tutorial after complaints of the no-tool strip demo being a little too fast to follow. I opted to use an original/correct 1918 Black Army Colt for the honors…because I thought it’d be cool to use one that old…and because […]

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Recoil Operated vs Blowback on a Government Model

This question pops up from time to time, and the explanations are as varied as both types of guns. For a long time, I stuck to the technical aspects, but not long ago…I spoke the simple truth…and a barroom brawl erupted almost immediately. They’re ALL recoil operated. There are mechanical differences in the way they […]

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1911 Magazine Design

Just recently, a flurry of sudden interest has emerged due to my sending a test magazine to a member in hopes of addressing his recurrent 3-Point Jam/Failure to go to battery headaches. It’s a specific type of magazine, that…although is only a slight modification of hundred year-old technology…is largely unnoticed by the large percentage of […]

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1911 Observations: Then and Now

1911 Observations: Then and Now There are two basic problems with the 1911 pistol. One is that it’s been around for so long, a lot has been lost in the translation. I hear the pundits speak of it being “finicky” or “Picky about ammo” and that it requires constant attention to keep it running. One […]

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1911Headspace

1911Headspace Over the years, I’ve had more than a few heated discussions over headspace in the 1911 and other autopistols that headspace on the case mouth…but since this is a 1911 discussion, we’ll focus on that platform. Headspace is determined by the linear measurement from the breechface to the chamber shoulder. This is known as […]

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