Author Archive | John Travis

1911 Troubleshooting: Feed Failures, Part 2

1911 Troubleshooting: Feed Failures, Part 2 Part two from this article This is the single most common complaint with the 1911 pistol, and it’s led to the feeling among many that the pistol is a finicky feeder…and while it’s just not the case…many modern clones and variants have made it a real concern.First…as Aristotle said:  […]

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1911 Recoil Spring Information

1911 Recoil Spring Information Back in the day, there was only one spring for the 5-inch 1911 pistol…and it wasn’t identified by “pounds.” Neither was it the now-accepted standard 16 pound spring. Sometime in the last 30 years, 16 pounds came to be standard, and everybody accepted that figure…because it was close enough for gub’mint […]

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1911 Troubleshooting: Feed Failures

1911 Troubleshooting: Feed Failures Fully 95% of all feed-related failures are can be traced straight back to the magazine. The remaining few causes are due to the extractor and/or the ammunition, with only about 1% attributable to the gun. We’re assuming that the gun hasn’t been “tuned” by Dremel Dan and his ugly, stupid first […]

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Firing the 1911 without a recoil spring, nothing broke

Firing the 1911 without a recoil spring, nothing broke The long-awaited demo, brought to you by our own Hunter Lee Elliott. First, a little background on the pistol. The slide and frame are castings from Essex Arms…the supplier of castings for Thompson Auto Ordnance, and…to my understanding…formerly for Dan Wesson. The set was a gift […]

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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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