Tag Archives | Government Model

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 […]

Continue Reading 0

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 […]

Continue Reading 1

Lessening recoil with Reduced Radius Firing Pin Stop for 1911

Lessening recoil with Reduced Radius Firing Pin Stop for 1911 A few years back, I addressed a problem that a guy on on a gun forum was having with an unstable extractor.  It was clocking…or rotating…and causing him a few issues.  The cure was to closely fit an oversized firing pin stop, and the only […]

Continue Reading 12

1911 Magazine Design

Just recently, a flurry of sudden interest has emerged due to my sending a test magazine to a member in hopes of addressing his recurrent 3-Point Jam/Failure to go to battery headaches. It’s a specific type of magazine, that…although is only a slight modification of hundred year-old technology…is largely unnoticed by the large percentage of […]

Continue Reading 0

Coonan .357 Magnum Automatic, best of both worlds.

Coonan .357 Magnum Automatic, best of both worlds. Dan Coonan, American gun designer, developed the Coonan pistol, chambered in .357 Magnum around 1977. Initially he  designed a working magazine, to feed a rimmed case designed for a revolver. When he was satisfied that the magazine worked, Dan began to build a prototype using standard Government […]

Continue Reading 6

1911Headspace

1911Headspace Over the years, I’ve had more than a few heated discussions over headspace in the 1911 and other autopistols that headspace on the case mouth…but since this is a 1911 discussion, we’ll focus on that platform. Headspace is determined by the linear measurement from the breechface to the chamber shoulder. This is known as […]

Continue Reading 1