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More on the 1911 magazine.

Since the subject of magazines comes up a lot… There is only one magazine design that presents the cartridge to the 1911’s chamber correctly and guarantees full controlled feed…as designed and intended. That would be the original or “GI” design that allows the rear of the cartridge to rise at close to the same angle […]

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Loading the 1911 without magazine

Loading the 1911 without magazine Loading a 1911 with the slide open, dropping a round in the chamber and allowing the slide to slam shut? Extractor problems? There was a big debate so what is the answer. The 1911 wasn’t designed to chamber rounds that way, and it’s hard on extractors.  But, Browning wasn’t an […]

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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 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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