I don't think anybody is ignoring Tuner's point. It's just that there are other valid points to consider and one of them is that, although an integral plunger tube will likely be more expensive to repair in the rare event that it becomes damaged, the conventional method of attaching plunger tubes to 1911s lends itself to a less rare loosening event. I'm not sure what you mean by this. I would certainly value your opinion as I do most others. I see the forum as a potential learning experience, not just a place where self-appointed gurus come to strut their stuff, and even rank novices can offer interesting, if not important, inputs and information based on their life experiences. I frequent The High Road because people like Tuner and a host of other members have a level of expertise that can be relied on to be factual and more than mere speculation. However, it's my opinion that those members who seldom deign to ask questions but are always quick to offer their expert advice to a question asked by others, never really take full advantage of all that a good firearm website can offer. It's as if they believe that the act of questioning betrays a lack of knowledge. And that just seems sad to me.