M1911A1 question


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Slater
September 20, 2006, 04:05 PM
How much side-to-side play in the slide to frame fit is considered acceptable in a new M1911A1? None at all, a little bit, etc.?

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PinnedAndRecessed
September 20, 2006, 04:10 PM
The new ones are pretty tight, actually.

But you've got to have some play, otherwise the gun will freeze up after a short period of firing.

I had a 1911 Colt target accurized by Jim Clark. Now it shoots as well as the old National Match I used to have. But it will freeze up much faster, from oil and powder fouling, than my Combat Commander.

Again, you want some fairly generous tolerances for a combat weapon.

Chuck R.
September 20, 2006, 06:39 PM
There are a couple schools of thought on this. Just as I believe that a “loose” pistol isn’t necessarily inaccurate, I don’t believe a tight pistol is necessarily unreliable.

I own a couple of Les Baer pistols that are on the tight side. My 5” gun has passed the 9K mark and is still tight, no rattles and the slide feels like its glass on glass. Whereas for a comparison, my Gold Cup started out sort of tight and actually loosened up quite a bit as I shot it. The Baer still feels the same, just a lot smoother.

I’ve fired both it and my Stinger for 300-500 rounds at a session of 200 LSWC reloads and not had a single issue. Sometimes this is at a “slide too hot to hold” pace, and some of my reloads aren't the cleanest stuff going. Both of my Baer’s have digested everything I’ve run through them, and I consider them reliable.

Chuck

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