Mystery barrel in my Colt!


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ArmsAkimber
January 3, 2003, 08:06 AM
I purchased a used Colt Combat Commander that has a barrel with a rollmark reading "SLM 45ACP." Who, or what, is SLM?

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Kahr carrier
January 3, 2003, 10:51 AM
Probably an aftermarket replacement barrel ,do a web search and see what you come up with.:what:

JoeHatley
January 3, 2003, 10:58 AM
SLM = Storm Lake Machine, I think, maybe...

Joe

GrandmasterB
January 3, 2003, 03:24 PM
Yep, Storm Lake Machine. Good barrels!

4v50 Gary
January 3, 2003, 09:16 PM
Colt subcontracts out for their 1911 barrels now?

blades67
January 3, 2003, 09:18 PM
He said he bought it used. Sounds like the previous owner replaced the original.

ArmsAkimber
January 4, 2003, 07:28 AM
Storm Lake Machine?! Thank you very much! Thanks JoeHatley and GrandmasterB.

I sent this firearm to Colt because of reliability problems. It was experiencing numerous FTF. They sent it back with a new barrel bushing :scrutiny: , and kept the "original bushing" (it had "SLM" on it as well). The gun still experienced FTFs.

So, at that point, I was out the SLM bushing matched to the SLM barrel, paid $70 to Colt, and had gotten nowhere :fire: .

I made the mistake of not sending the magazines to Colt with the gun. I put some Wolff +10% springs in the two Wilson Combat magazines, and the FTF frequency was reduced. I purchased a Mec-Gar 8 round magazine, and the FTF problem disappeared completely :p !

The gun is still very accurate, but I am a little burned-up over losing the matched SLM bushing. Now that I know the manufacturer of the barrel, I will request of Storm Lake Machine to sell me a replacement bushing. I expect I will have to send the barrel to them.

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