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1911 Barrle bushing holding the slide forward?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by jjmorgan64, Jul 1, 2003.

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  1. jjmorgan64

    jjmorgan64 Member

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    I have a colt combat commander that has just developed a hiccup, With the bushing in the gun, the slide will not go all of the way back, around 1/16th of an inch short, so the slide lock can't engage,

    This is a new problem,
    with the bushing in and no barrel it goes all the way back
    with the barrel and no bushing it goes all the way back
    the bushing slides smoothly the entire length of the barrel
    I'm stumpped??

    Thank you ahead of time.
     
  2. Old Fuff

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    If you haven't done so, try leaving the recoil spring, guide and plug out and see what happens.
     
  3. jjmorgan64

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    nope, the spring and guide didn't make any difference, the key seems to be the barrel and bushing interaction.
     
  4. Maybe a burr or somehow the bushing got out of round? Does the bushing slide over the end of the barrel outside of the pistol? Try it and see.
    Let us know what you find, John K
     
  5. stans

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    Are you sure you have a Commander bushing in the slide? Commander bushings have a much shorter skirt than Government bushings. If a Government bushing was inadvertantly installed it's skirt will impact the front locking lug of the barrel and prevent full cycling. The same also happens if a Government model barrel is installed in a Commander, since the Government barrel has an extension of metal beyond the front locking lug.
     
  6. jjmorgan64

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    4 eyed

    yes the bushing slides smoothly over the entire length of the barrel

    Stans,
    by golly I did tear it apart beside my cousins full sized Kimber the other day, that could be a possibility, i'll have to check that today.

    Everybody thanks again.
     
  7. JoeHatley

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    Check to make sure the pin holding the barrel link hasn't become loose, and is sliding out a bit.

    Good Luck...

    Joe
     
  8. jjmorgan64

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    Well I got it fixed, I had the wrong bushing in, I'm not all that bright.

    Thanks for the help gentlemen.
     
  9. stans

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    Easy mistake to make, that is why I keep all the parts segregated on the work bench if I am working on more than one firearm.
     
  10. 1911Tuner

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    GM Busing in a Commander

    Good that you didn't shoot it. The result would have likely been one ruined slide.

    Tuner
     
  11. stans

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    A ruined slide is a possibility. Damage to the front locking lug of the barrel is also a very distinct possibility as well as a trashed bushing.
     
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