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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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M1911 Locked breech/Short Recoil basic function

M1911 Locked breech/Short Recoil basic function Caliber .45 Auto firing a 230 grain bullet at 830 fps: Bang! Assuming a condition of zero headspace, both bullet and slide start to accelerate at the same instant. The slide grabs the barrel upper lugs and hauls the barrel backward with it. At nominally 1/10th inch of rearward […]

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