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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:39 am 
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Just... Wow!

I've heard of high round-count guns and what cracks, before.

I might just need to sell everything for funds to buy enough ammo to try to get to this stage with a 1911.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 12:36 pm 
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J's new barrel today. Trying to get a round count since it was installed, I'm gonna guess 8K.

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Second pic shows this barrel unfired in July 2010, with the old barrel to its right.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 2:04 pm 
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It doesn't look that tired. (Says the man who has seen "J" break out another carton of ammo in order to post a superior score. Superior to mine, I might add.)


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 4:16 pm 
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Why, one might ask, was J's gun back in my shop....?

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 6:21 pm 
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Figured it was just time for the annual rebuild :lol: once a year or every 20,000 rnds whichever comes first.

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 6:34 am 
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Yep.... ejector tip (extended) was broken off too.

Any theories on why the bushing broke?


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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 11:47 am 
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Very educational post!


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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 5:32 am 
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Ned Christiansen wrote:

Any theories on why the bushing broke?


A stress riser combined with a little coil bind at some point?

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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 8:10 am 
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You made short work out of that, John!

That's the Clark bushing with the three raised "fitting" pads. That was the only bushing I could find that would go to .710" diameter-- J's gun has an unusually large bore in the slide. But, this bushing also has a very reduced ahead of the pads-- I think it's almost down to .690. Plus, at the junction of the tubular part of the bushing and its flange, there is a very sharp corner, where many bushings will have maybe a .005 radius.

The recoil spring plug (guide and plug, both standard GI-style parts) was one with the dented-in feature to keep it connected to the recoil spring for disassembly. Now if you don't "screw" the spring into this, it will just automatically flex over it, right? I believe that in this case, it did not, and when the recoil spring guide entered into the plug, then the spring could not clip over the dent, since it was now blocked from moving toward center by the guide..... so the result was the same as solid stackup. The spring itself was not overly long.

Think about this-- if a guy were to hastily reassemble his 1911 so that the recoil spring plug was not centered in the bushing, in other words, the bushing is turned slightly causing the recoil spring plug to be positioned maybe 3/32 further to the rear than it was meant to be.... J assures me (and I totally believe him) that this never happened, but I wonder if it could happen in reholstering or some fast and rough handling....?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:40 am 
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Thgis is a VERY informational thread. Thanks for posting this and updating it Ned.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:04 pm 
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Clark Bushing=Casting

I think maybe thats a contributing factor :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:25 pm 
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Somebody else told me that, but I looked very closely and didn't think so. Are you sure? And I've never heard of them being especially break-prone but you just don't see them that much.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:58 am 
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Ned Christiansen wrote:
Somebody else told me that, but I looked very closely and didn't think so. Are you sure? And I've never heard of them being especially break-prone but you just don't see them that much.



I am positive on the casting.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:28 am 
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Interesting....


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:33 am 
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Very interesting discussion.

Do you have any pictures of the "whole" pistol?

I know the tight shots are what interest the engineering geniuses here, but I'm kind of a "what does the gun look like" guy.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:39 am 
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Oh, nothing special: just your basic government model covered in conamyds, shield driver sight, low profile mag well, matted, ribbed slide, sculpted frame, every-detail-attended-to custom gun, that gets carried every day by a top-end LEO who shoots it enough to wear it out. :shock:

Don't we each have something like that in the safe?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:32 pm 
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Patrick Sweeney wrote:
... Don't we each have something like that in the safe?


Could be. I haven't seen the back of my safe in quire some time.

Now, about that pic ...

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I'll get some pics in a few weeks.

It's not much to look at..... older work, well worn.... checkering, not Conamyds BTW.... but it has a lot of character and a few stories.


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There is nothing more beautiful than a worn carried custom gun.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:29 am 
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Just goes to show how well made the 1911 is. Very nice

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:42 am 
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So as of June 1st or so he has another 800 rounds through it. He had it at the NPRC the other day where he placed 2nd this year (there was no pistol shooting this year, all carbine, but officers had to carry their pistols and wear armor).


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:52 am 
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I forgot, checkering, not Conamyds.

And yes, it is nice to see a custom gun actually carried and used, not relegated to the status of safe queen.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:13 pm 
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This one is definitely the "unsafe" queen!


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thanks for showing all the detail in what you have done Ned, Its a treat to read what you share with us, thanks again!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:38 am 
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Sure thing, Chad.

Either me or Patrick should be able to come up with a photo of this immortal 1911 in the next few weeks.


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The high-miler in its entirety. I recently presented J with a set of Frag grips (before the Frag double diamonds came out).
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He has very specific preferences in things. One of the few guys who does not care for a high-cut grip safety. When a guy shoots this much and this well, you don't try to change him.....




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Please excuse my ignorance, but is that a hole in the slide? Is there a purpose for this?

Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:58 pm 
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Are any of those grip safeties still made. Don Williams did a beautiful job on a 1917 production 1911 for me, and I had an old clark gs in my parts bin that I found at Gil Hebard guns years ago...but they no longer have them.
On certian guns I like them too.

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Cody Meyer wrote:
Please excuse my ignorance, but is that a hole in the slide? Is there a purpose for this?

Thanks.


Cody-- we tell people it's an oil hole 8)

The slide was cracked there and I drilled that hole to end the crack. Seems to have worked sofar. Not something I'd normally do, I would normally tell a customer no way, we need to get a new one. Guess you could call this an experiment.


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Shibui.

Great looking piece.

I thought I was the only one left who uses a finger-forward grip.


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