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Ramp and Throat Job-2

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by 1911Tuner, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    The owner of the ruined gun in the previous thread has taken two photos of the feed ramp sans barrel, so that we can have a look at the rest of the story. I'll merge the two threads a little later and open both for comments.

    Meanwhile...feast your eyes on this Killed Kimber.

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  2. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus


    Thread stuck. Comments?

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    Nah, it ain't dead. It only needs a couple hundred bucks (minimum) worth of loving before it is healthy again.

    By the time the frame ramp is welded up and re-cut and a new barrel fitted it should be good to go other than the fact that it will still be a series 2 kimber with external extractor:neener: :evil:
  4. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus


    Gonna take machine work and a ramp insert...Alloy frame. Guess the "smith" didn't know about anodizing and what happens to feed ramps when it's removed...:rolleyes:
  5. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    I really like the high polish and radius at the top... :cuss: :banghead:

    The guy that did this calls himself a gunsmith... ???????:barf:
  6. U.S.SFC_RET

    U.S.SFC_RET Well-Known Member

    Tuner Thanks for posting the thread. a tiny thousands of an inch an equal miles in your business especially when it comes to throat jobs. People just don't know how a little bit can go a super long way.
  7. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus



    >A tiny thousands of an inch an equal miles...especially when it comes to throat jobs. People just don't know how a little bit can go a super long way.

    >The guy that did this calls himself a gunsmith... ???????

    Exactly...and that's why I cringe whenever a member with a feed/return to battery issue comes up...and usually the first advice is to start polishing on the ramp and throat...and I go into conniptions when it's accompanied by the word "Dremel.":banghead:

    The problem really got going in the early 80s, when the gun rags were publishing an article about every other month on "How to make YOUR 1911 more reliable!" Of course, the articles always contained "instructions" on ramp and throat polishing...AND...of course without anything mentioned about angles and corners and what NOT to do...and the trashed pistols began showing up every week. I got to the point that I could just about predict what type of repair work that we'd soon see simply by browsing the magazine racks at the local newsstand

    This was in the days when only one or two shops offered steel ramp inserts, and the inserts literally had to be hand-made...and it was very expensive, easily equaling the cost of a new gun. It's still expensive.

    While some few steel-framed guns could be salvaged with careful manipulation, it didn't work in all cases...and if an alloy-framed Colt Commander had been treated to the "Reliability" work...you could generally just hand it back to the owner and tell him to use it for a wall-hanger.

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    Alloy you say? Got your Wilson/Nowlin ramp cutter handy? I would put a ramped barrel in it a lot sooner than I would have it cut for an insert......
  9. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I saw a LW Commander 9mm P at a gun show a while back. Looked new, I was reaching for my billfold with one hand and the gun with the other, never mind the traditional haggling. But when he clipped the wiretie and I racked the slide to see the rough white metal of what used to be the frame ramp, I laid it down fast. He was not ameniable to my offer of half his price so I could afford an insert and a hit on the originality value of the gun.
  10. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    I love it when people work on the feed ramps and dont have a clue..

    Would it be cheeper to have a frame insert dont or to have the frame milled to take a fully ramped barrel?
  11. blackhorse

    blackhorse member

    I'll bet he was using a $5.00 gun show mag!
  12. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    All I can say is " :cuss: WOW!"

    Most I have done to any of mine is a bit of "Flitz" on a single patch, and wipe firmly but carefully.
  13. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus Well-Known Member

    I rarely see this type of thing, but when I do, the gun is not a "wall hanger" or trash and telling a customer that is baloney.

    in the worst case a ramped barrel can be installed, in some cases correcting the angles will work and in others a bit of careful welding and recontouring can put all back right.

    I'm a businessman.... I never insult a customer no matter how badly he may deserve it.

    In fact, I have a soft spot for folks that work on their own guns.... it does after all put food on my table.
  14. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus



    >I rarely see this type of thing, but when I do, the gun is not a "wall hanger" or trash and telling a customer that is baloney.<

    Depends greatly on whether the gun's value justifies the cost of the repair, now doesn't it? Some will spend the money on a Thompson Auto-Ordnance for sentimental reasons...Some won't. Some are okay with the repair on an otherwise decent Union Switch, while others would be more prone to leaving it alone to preserve what's left of its authenticity.

    Too many "What ifs" "ands" or "buts" to make a baloney call. So how about:
    "It's a wall-hanger unless you want to spend the money to have an insert installed?"

  15. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Well-Known Member

    I think 1911Tuner has been reading my mail.

    I just bought a Commander. The on-line seller respopnded to my questions regarding the lugs and slots and the feed ramp. All were 'in excellent condition'. (His words)

    Upon receipt, what should look like a dull black annodized finish is all nice and shiney.

    This gent and I are about to have a few words.

    I do want to be sure that I know just exactly what I'm talking about before I open my mouth and insert foot.

    From what I can gather from this and previous posts by Mr(s) Watson, Keenan, Tuner, Fuff, and Rogers, the frame can be salvaged, but its gonna get kinda pricey.

    Just so I understand before I uncork on this worthy gent, what are my options?

    I really don't want to get overly belligerent and rude if an 'adjustment' is in the deck, about how much 'adjustment' would it take to put this Commander back as advertised?...('in excellent condition')

    Refinish? Hard annodized...Moly...Hard Chrome...Birdsong Black T...etc. If so, by who and how much (approx)?

    New one piece barrel? Again, by who and how much (approx)?


    Your comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.



    P.S...I can't help it. I do like Commanders, so much so that I'm getting one for each of my sons as well for my own self. It appears that someone slipped a ringer in the deck with this paticular item though.

    thanx again,

  16. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    Salty's Colt

    It depends, Salty. If only the finish was removed, it may not have gone through the anodizing...but the chances of that are pretty slim, since the hard anodizing is pretty thin. Doesn't take a lot of whizzin' on it with a dremel to cut through it if an abrasive was used. How does the top corner of the ramp look? Still clean, or rounded off any?
  17. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Well-Known Member

    I dunno.

    I looked at it yesterday at the local FFL guy's shop.

    It was a brief meeting...me and the Cmdr....saw the shiny ramp and asked the guy to hold it till I spoke with the sender.

    I/We did not process the transfer documentation. He is going to hold it 'till I get in touch with the sender.

    I have a three day inspection period...with the Commnder remaining in 'unfired' condition.

    I don't have a lot of time to 'put my ducks in a row' before I speak with the seller.

    If I send it back, I will be responsible for local guy's 'log in' accountable fee, (I think that its reasonable..these folks should not have to be accountable for paperwork w/o compensation for their time and liability...just my rant), return shipping costs, and the fee that the 'on-line 'brokerage house charged.

    At any rate, return shipping and incidental costs are prefreble to repair costs.

    Be back in a mnt...

  18. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Well-Known Member

    I don't know if power tools were involved, or not.

    Transfer paperwork has not ben completed.

    The FFL guy is going to hold it for another day, or two.

    I have to either accept the mdse, or send it back...soon.

    What ,I think, should look like dull an flat colored anodozing on the feed ramp is bright and shiny.

    Seller and I are gonna talk.

    Just want to make sure that I'm sure of what I'm about to talk about.

    Want to know what my options regarding costs to put the Cmdr in as advertised, (excellent condition) condition.

    I apologise for brief comments.

  19. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus Well-Known Member

    Not better, PERFECT!
  20. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus


    ALready covered in Ramp and Throat Job 1...;)

    Salty...if the price is right, and you can bring up the point of the anodizing being compromised...see if you can get a hundred bucks off the asking price to cover the cost of an insert. EGW's cost is 150 bucks. Freight and insurance will add to the total.

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