Author Archive | John Travis

It is not just a slide stop.

The slide stop actually performs five functions if we don’t count the takedown feature.   If all it’s meant to do is act as a slide stop, then why go to the trouble of machining it to protrude from the frame and then go to even more trouble to cut a non-skid surface on it? […]

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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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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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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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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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Recoil Operated vs Blowback on a Government Model

This question pops up from time to time, and the explanations are as varied as both types of guns. For a long time, I stuck to the technical aspects, but not long ago…I spoke the simple truth…and a barroom brawl erupted almost immediately. They’re ALL recoil operated. There are mechanical differences in the way they […]

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