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Blowback vs Recoil Operated

There seems to be a misunderstanding of the similarities and the differences between these two basic designs. so I thought I might be able to clear up some of it. First, let’s look at what recoil is and where it comes from…what causes recoil. Recoil is the reaction side of an action-reaction event.  Newton’s 3rd […]

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1911 School, Feeding Part 3 of 3.

The next critical dimension is the cartridge OAL itself. Too short or too long and you’ll have problems. The issues that so many people ascribed to the 1911’s failure to feed hollowpoints came from the old Speer 200 grain JHP “Flying ashtray” in the 80s…but it wasn’t the size of the cavity that caused the […]

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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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1911 School, Feeding Part 1 of 3

In order to effect a better understanding of the dimensions and conditions critical to reliable feeding in the 1911 pistol, I thought this might be a good idea to go into more detail than the average magazine article. The first critical spec is feed and barrel ramp angles. The feed ramp is ideally 31-31.5 degrees […]

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Old 1911s and old springs

In the spring of 1991, when I lived in Rural Hall, NC I got a call from my stepfather. His aunt had died at the ripe, old age of 96, and her children had discovered one of his uncle’s pistols in her attic, wrapped in a diaper and stashed in a hat box. He said […]

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Evolution of the 1911 in Pictures

Evolution of the 1911 in Pictures The evolution of the 1911 started in 1898 with the pistol that became the Colt Model 1900. Chambered in .38 Auto, it was a locked breech, short recoil operated pistol that sported a twin linked barrel…one fore and one aft…and a non-tilting barrel. The Colt Model 1900 The next […]

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SHOT show 2017

With the 2017 SHOT show in the rear view mirror I though I would share a few photographs of what I saw and some really cool stuff. Click this link to go to the entire gallery, here are just some of the firearms I saw that were very interesting.     The Gilboa Snake, double […]

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Colt Media Day 2016

  Colt Media Day 2016. Again this year several members of the media gathered at Gunsite to look upon and test drive what is new from Colt to be introduced in 2017. Introducing the new firearms from Colt    The new Colt Cobra 6 shot .38 Special double action revolver.       New Colt Delta Elite […]

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