Author Archive | John Travis

1911 School:  Commander and Government Model differences.

1911 School:  Commander and Government Model differences. We’re specifically discussing Colt’s pistols here since Colt pioneered the Commander.  Clones and variants may or may not be true Commander spec. Along with a shorter slide and barrel are a shortened barrel bushing, spring plug, and spring guide. Because of the shorter slide, the slide travel and […]

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1911 School, Feeding Part 2 of 3.

The 1911 style pistol with internal extractor, as originally designed. The extractor’s role in feeding is often misunderstood and underestimated. Most important is the deflection. That is, the amount of the wall behind the claw that protrudes beyond the guide block into the breech area…and this is where I’ve found problems in pistols produced in […]

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Iver Johnson Owl Head revolver, justifying the inexpensive firearm

During one of my rare sojourns away from Castle Doghair, I was privileged to encounter an old First Model Iver Johnson Owl Head revolver in caliber .38 S&W that was still actually functional…which means that it wasn’t fired very much in the last hundred or so years. With wrought iron frames and low carbon steel […]

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