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23rd February 2005, 10:11
I was excited to find a forum like this. I am new to the forum and new to the world of a Colt 45. I have a 70 series satin nickel Colt commander that has seen some better days. The barrel and the slide are where I will be starting to reduce slop. I am looking for a barrel to put in this gun, but being new I do not know which brands to go with. I am looking for something as accurate as can be, so a little fitting would be okay. I have heard that there are barrels without the link pin and those are more accurate. Is that correct? Do I want one with a link pin or one that does not have one. As I said I am new to all this and would like any feedback possible. Thanks in advance.
23rd February 2005, 13:11
Welcome to the forum!
Fitting of the barrel is 90% of accuracy, if it's of any good quality at all it will give good results.
If its a 1911, it will have the link pin..........and no won't suffer any accuracy problems.
I've installed many barrels and find Kart, Wilson, & Brown have good drop in style barrels. They will still need some fitting, so I would suggest you read up on 1911's before you attempt it.
Obtain Kuhnhausens shop manual of the Colt 45, as well as Ed Browns shop manual, these will give you a good understanding of what's needed for a good barrel job.
I don't have time now to go into further detail with you, as I'm writing this from out of town..........but there's pleanty of folks here to help you out.
I don't wish you luck..........I wish you much PATIENCE!
23rd February 2005, 20:16
wichaka is correct. 90% of your accuracy is the fit of your barrel to the slide (both front and rear) and the "legs" to the frame. A loose slide can actually enhance reliability. I would really suggest having the barrel fitted by a competent gunsmith. A couple of other match grade barrel makers are
Bar-sto, Jarvis Custom, Schuemann (AET).
24th February 2005, 01:22
Unfortunatelly, the best barrel maker I've encountered, is no longer in the business, so suggesting his name (Lissner) will not help you much. The second best I have tried, is Schuemann.
If my 2 Eurocents of suggestion is worthwhile, do not bother going with the "drop-in" barrels. There isn't such a thing as a drop-in barrel, as far as I am concerned. They are just a little easier to fit, maybe, but still the services of a good gunsmith are required (or at least, you should have a very good idea what the fitting of a barrel requires). Go to a standard after-market barrel, and have it properly fitted to your gun. You will not regret it.
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