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Thread: Barrel bushing vs. Bull barrel

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    Barrel bushing vs. Bull barrel

    I'm pretty much new to 1911s (i'm a rifle guy), but am wanting to buy one. What are the pros and cons of barrel bushing and bull barrels?

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    Hmmm...

    You don't have to worry about removing a bushing if you get a bull barrel. Supposedly, and this is just supposedly...Some say a bull barrel is a bit more accurate because of the extra metal. Has something to do with harmonic flexing every time a bullet is propelled down the barrel. Who really knows? I don't think there is a noticeable difference in accuracy. You're better off asking someone who ownes both types of pistols. Hope I helped you out a little bit.
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    Both can be made into tack drivers. Bull's are usually heavy and somewhat help with felt recoil.

    I prefer the bushing, for a few reasons:

    I work in LE and dont make alot of extra $ to drop on high dollar replacement parts, and having to replace a complete slide over just a bushing would not be something my wife would be happy about.

    It is lighter...and as a carry piece that is something I look at.

    Preference usually wins out with things like this...whats your preference? What do YOU want? With the 1911 platform...it is like an empty canvas or a lump of clay to the artist...you can do just about anything you can imagine to one...making it your own is part of the fun!

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    I've fired a 5" bull barrel before, and it seemed to have less muzzle flip than a standard 5". Which makes sense, because there's more mass at the end of the barrel, so it takes more torque to rotate it (like when you spin in a chair and stick your arms out, then bring them back in).
    Another big difference is 5" bull barrels are illegal in IDPA (and USPSA, I think).

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    Pros of bull barrel -

    There's more metal involved which lessens barrel flexing, also reduces the rate at which it heats up and is less effected by longer periods of shooting. This is said to aid consistent accuracy.

    Cons of bull barrel - It's heavier, but who cares about weight.

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    Most of the compact 1911's are using a bull barrel, quite often a ramped bull barrel. Is there something in particular about thefunction of the short barrel and slide that makes the bull barrel necessary or do the manufacturer's use the bull barrel just to help hold the muzzle down?

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    I have had two Nighthawks. One with the bushing and one with the bull. I like the bushing for ease of take down, and the classic look. I was no more accurate with the bull barrel than I am with the bushing. Just my .02.
    ~BoS
    "Who Dares Wins" - SAS

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    The down side to a bull is if you dont have a tight fit there is nothing you can do about it. With a bushing you can tighten things up a bit.

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    Great point.

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