S&W TSW pistol quality question


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ss
January 13, 2004, 06:24 PM
I noticed that the front strap of the trigger guard towards the edges and the middle finger area of the bend where the underside of the trigger guard and grip meets seem to be hand carved?
What I mean is that it doesn't seem to be milled smoothly and symmetric. It seems almost like it was done by a person, under certain lighting conditions, you can see the bevelling. What would best explain it, is in woodcarving, like someone carving a wooden block into something, you can see the slight variations in bevelling, whereas if a machine did it, it would be very smooth and symetric.

Is this normal for TSW pistols? Those were the only two areas of the pistol where I noticed this, everyplace else seemed top notch. The satin stainless finish is perfect in those areas and all around the gun though.

Also, inside the barrel, the rifling seems to be multi-colored alternating between copper and silver colored rifling. Is that normal?

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ss
January 14, 2004, 12:31 AM
I took a look at some other TSW pistols at the gunshops and they all have this carved look around the trigger guard. Ironically, the value line of pistols didn't.

The ones I examined were of stainless steel though, maybe the value line and the TSW with aluminum framed pistols are different.

It's really hard to explain, but isn't the area where the index finger rests up against the trigger guard and grip recessed? i.e. indented to allow the middle finger to ride higher up into the grip?

That area looks like it was molded without it and then afterwards it was milled and the front strap of the trigger guard looks like someone rounded off the edges.

I say it looks like it was done by hand. Analogous to like if a machine draws a circle, it's perfect, but if a human drew a circle, it's just slightly off.

enfield
January 14, 2004, 12:56 PM
My 4013TSW shows signs of hand-work around the trigger guard.

Marcus
January 14, 2004, 10:15 PM
My non TSW 1006 has an obvious machine cut at the junction of the grip frame and trigger guard to allow a higher hold. Many newer 1911s have a similar cut. On the TSWs I`ve handled the edges were melted to make it a bit more comfortable. I could be wrong but I suspect that`s what you`re seeing. Marcus

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