Author Archive | John Travis

The Obsolete 1911

The Obsolete 1911 A little side-trip for this one. FYI/Trivia After seeing several rather heated…discussions…on the gun boards over the years, I thought this might be a good time to address some of the statements made as to how outdated the 1911 design is, and how the Glock/Sig/Name your favorite bottom feeder is so light […]

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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 7 round magazine vs 8 round

1911 7 round magazine vs 8 round It seems to me that given the dimensions of a standard 1911 full size magazine, and the .45 Auto cartridge, John Browning could have made the magazines 8 rounds instead of seven. Is that correct? If that’s so, what would your guess be as to the reason he […]

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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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No Tool Detail Strip of the 1911

No Tool Detail Strip of the 1911 During the US Army trials, the two competitors came down to the Colt 1911 and Savage 1907. The Savage 1907 had several strong advocates on the Army Ordnance Board, citing the Colt’s size and weigh among other things. The question has also come up as to whether kickbacks […]

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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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1911 Trivia

The pistol has a long and distinguished history with the US Armed Forces. Designed by John M. Browning in cooperation with Colt, it was adopted in the spring of 1911 and dubbed “Model of 1911 US Army Calibre 45.” With a few modifications to make the pistol more user-friendly, it appeared in WW2 as the […]

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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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