1911 gunsmithing manuals


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Dimis
May 17, 2011, 09:29 PM
in another thread it was brought up that if one wanted to do his own fitting of parts they should get "The Colt .45 Automatic a shop manual"

are there any other manuals or books that are recomended?

Im sure the one mentioned leans toward older modifications (still relevant) but wondered if there were more modern manuals for the newer tricks and mods done these days

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JTQ
May 17, 2011, 09:55 PM
Walt Kuleck has a couple of relatively new 1911 books out. Here is the older one. The new one is about assembly/disassembly. I don't have either yet, but I plan on getting them.

https://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=463841

This Wilson book is supposed to be a good one.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=492864

mljdeckard
May 17, 2011, 10:08 PM
The Kuhnhausen (sp?) manual is supposed to be definitive. I have been nosing around gun shows to try to find a used one, I'm a cheapskate.

BullfrogKen
May 17, 2011, 10:42 PM
That Wilson book is a good "primer".

The Kuhnhausen shop manuals are more advanced material, going into properly fitting parts and measuring the necessary tolerances and fittings.

Steve C.
May 18, 2011, 02:15 PM
There are two Kuhnhausen paperback manuals out. I have both and what ever you will ever need to know about the 1911 is in vol.1 or vol.2 Hard to find and expensive but worth the price

cavman
May 18, 2011, 04:15 PM
MidwayUSA has both of Kuhnhausen Volumes available

http://www.midwayusa.com/browse/BrowseProducts.aspx?brandId=1195

JTQ
May 18, 2011, 05:17 PM
"The Colt .45 Automatic a shop manual" are there any other manuals or books that are recomended?
"The Colt .45 Automatic a Shop Manual" is Kuhnhausen's book. The OP is looking for some other recommendation.

hAkron
May 19, 2011, 12:48 AM
I have seen a .PDF version of the Kuhnhausen manual that a friend had (I don't know if it was aquired through official channels or if it was complete) and it seemed like a great manual. You may want to see of it can be officially purchased electronically through a reputable eBook retailer such Amazon and just print out the sections you need. It's almost always cheaper to get a book electronically.

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