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Hybrid vs Wadcutter 1911 magazine

Hybrid vs Wadcutter 1911 magazine BY now, most have read of the difference the “Hybrid” magazine has made in the feed reliability in the 1911, in spite of some damage done to the feed ramp. Not a cure, but a dramatic difference all the same. His trouble started with “Nose-Dive” misfeeds with the feed ramp […]

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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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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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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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The Custom 1911 Pistol Evolution

The Custom 1911 Pistol Evolution We have seen 1911 clones and variants offered with certain “Custom” features on production guns these days. Features that were once the venue of the custom smith. How did these things come to be accepted as the norm? More importantly…where did they come from and why? The answer is simple. […]

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1911 Controlled Feed

1911 Controlled Feed We all know that the 1911 pistol operates on the controlled feed principle…but how many understand exactly what that means…and exactly what is involved? Think of it like a bucket brigade used back in the day before pumper trucks were available for putting out fires. Each bucket of water was handed off […]

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