Author Archive | John Travis

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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How did John Browning intend the 1911 to be carried?

1911 School. Subject: Cocked and locked and ready to rock…the way that JMB intended! Right? Well, no. Not really. John Browning didn’t have a free hand with the 1911 and he didn’t do it alone. The 1911 was designed by a committee. Browning was hired to guide and direct as he worked on past designs […]

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So, why does the Commander’s spring run a little heavier?

So, why does the Commander’s spring run a little heavier? It’s simple physics. A moving object is subject to outside forces fighting to decelerate it and bring it to a stop the instant that it starts moving. At least here on terra firma. The two main forces are friction and gravity. In the case of […]

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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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