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The Myth of Firing Out of Battery et al

The Myth of Firing Out of Battery We occasionally hear about somebody blowing up a 1911…usually with reloads, and usually loaded on a progressive press…but sometimes on a single-stage press. Of course, nobody wants to believe that this event was caused by a double charge…because nobody wants to admit that they made a mistake or […]

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The 1911: Then and Now

The 1911: 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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Recoil and the 1911

Recoil and the 1911 Recoil…action and reaction…is really no more than acceleration brought about by a force applied. The force generated by burning powder and expanding gases create pressure and directional movement of the gases. A force vector. These forces provide acceleration of both bullet and breechblock…which is essentially what the slide is. Force is […]

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