Accurizing the 1911

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  1. lonewolf204

    lonewolf204 Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking for some good books on accurizing the 1911. I would appreciate any input on this suject.
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    Idk about any books, but I know one way that helps accurize the 1911 is with a tighter barrel and barrel bushing. I recently had a Wilson Combat barrel and barrel bushing fitted for my gun, going out to the range to test it out tomorrow.

    Also, the ammunition you use can make a big difference.

    From there, I might lighten up the trigger pull a bit. I would say 4-4.5lbs is plenty.

    The beavertail grip safety can help as it helps get a higher grip on the gun. Same way as front strap checkering as it helps get a better hold on the weapon.

    Compensator maybe? Adjustable sights? Some guns come with a lot of this stuff already on it too.


    A lot of it is just theory. Understanding what these parts do.
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    PM me your email lonewolf. i will send you an article in pdf on national match 1911s and how they are built. Its one of my favorite reads on the 1911 and how to make em sing.
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    The tightness of the lockup, and the consistency of the lockup are the main factors in the accuracy of a 1911 pattern pistol. Primarily, the main components in this are the barrel bushing, barrel itself, and the length of the toggle link. Also, to a slightly lesser extent, the tightness of the slide to frame fit, and the barrel top lugs to slide fit. Fitting/tightening one or all of these "fits" are the key to successfully shrinking groups fired from a 1911.
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    Yes sir this is an excellent book on the subject, actually in my and many others the absolute best.
    The Colt .45 Automatic
    A Shop Manual

    By Jerry Kuhnhausen

    Get this book and read from cover to cover, You will be able to turn out one super 1911.
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    Read reliability tricks above this thread, its a sticky written by shooter. It has a ton of good info in it....
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    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Could you post the link here?
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    Tim, look in the list of threads above this one. Sam has a sticky on reliability tricks.
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    i don't have any books to recommend, but a couple years ago i got ahold of the 4 DVD's of the Wilson combat gunsmithing, it's from the early 90's ( i think, judging by the clothes and comical mullet haircuts of the guys in it ) and covers everything in building a serious fighting 1911 from lowering an ejection port to fitting new sights and barrels. and they focus on the non-professional gunsmith, meaning doing the work with hand files and dremel type tools rather than lathes and milling machines.

    i couldn't recommend anything else i have over it, it's a really incredible teaching tool.
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    i have it saved on my PC in PDF.. I dunno if the images will upload. Ill try. if not just PM me your email addy. and Ill mail em to ya.
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    Thanks for all the comments and sugestions.
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