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1989 Views 8 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  Charlie Petty there any way to advise a layman on how he (me) can tell whether a barrel is properly fitted on a 1911? I have read conflicting articles/opinions on wrench tight/finger loose bushings, barrel's that move when you push down on the barrel hood or don't, "railroad track" like marks on a slide stop or not...

I usually form an opinion after I shoot the gun in question. If it is accurate, in my hands, must be alright. Just wondering if there is a way I could figure that out before I plop down the greenbacks, since I have NO idea how to correct the problem. Or if, in any particular gun, it's worth the effort/expense.
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Charlie's being modest when he talks about filing straight. There's a shocking number of 1911 slides where the breech face really isn't either flat or at 90 degrees to the bore axis.

I used to cheat on the fitting. I'd measure breech face to locking surface on the slide, then stick the barrel in the lathe and cut the hood to ever so slightly over that.

I have't done it for years, but I still hate fitting lugs.
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