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Thread: Berryhill Custom AFP discussion thread

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    Berryhill Custom AFP discussion thread

    Please use this thread to discuss our review of the Berryhill Custom AFP pistol, as published in our E-zine.

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    A couple of clarifications from Dave Berryhill regarding the AFP:

    - The pistol Steve based his article on, was a prototype that Dave build using a Caspian frame and slide he had in hand. Production pistols will be made with forged frames and slides.

    - The test pistol has vertical, GI-style cocking serrations. The standard AFP pistol will have angled, flat cocking serrations, with the GI ones being an option.
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    Looks like a very well thought out, utterly reliable pistol. I especially like the absence of what I consider frills, such as 40 line per inch on the top of the slide, checkering the rear of the slide, French borders, ball cuts, etc. The only thing I would like to see if, if forged frames are to be used, is either a Michiguns extra stout plunger tube (the design has 4 staking tubes) or silver soldering or Tig welding the plunger tube to the frame. A Caspian frame would negate the extra work as they offer a frame, albeit cast, with an integral plunger tube assembly. Great, objective review.

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    There is an argument to be made that the complex shapes of a 1911 frame derive no benefit from starting with a forging. In fact, a properly cast frame will be more homogeneous in composition than a forging.

    A component such as the slide, or an M14 bolt, for example, has a simple shape. One could argue that the uniform grain direction of a forging of such simply-shaped (by comparison) parts affords some advantage in strength.

    Casting the 1911 frame permits the option of an integral plunber tube. Were the frame a forging, the side of frame would have to be extensively machined, leaving the boss for the plunger tube standing proud of the machined surface. That's a lot of machine time and cutter wear, not to mention wasted material.

    It's too bad that when someone says "casting" one's thoughts immediately turn to the die cast zinc cap pistol of one's youth. However, that's a horse of a very different kettle of worms.

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    Walt
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    Steve's review was well done, especially the manner in which he tested the pistol. With the pistol being designed for hard use, it was rather appropriate to run it through the paces that Steve selected. I find the classic design of the Berryhill AFP very appealing and it's good to know that it's straight "out of the box" reliable. With a surge of price increases from some (if not most) of the premium production semi-custom 1911 manufacturers, the AFP's price point is attractive and poised to compete; I know it has my attention now. Thanks for the review.

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    It says it ships with 2 magazines, can we know who manufactures the magazines?

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    I'm currently using Cer-Tac 8 round magazines. These are magazines that have a tube that extends into the base pad similar to the Wilson ETM and the Tripp Cobra mags.

    I've never quite understood all the controversy over plunger tubes. If you install them properly, they don't come loose. The problem is that most production gun manufacturers don't install them properly! I put a good chamfer on the inside of the frame, use plunger tubes that have studs that extend the entire depth of the frame, put a drop of green loctite on the studs and then stake them well. Occasionally I will install one too early in the build process and will need to remove it because it is in the way. I usually destroy the plunger tube in the process of removing it because they are securely attached to the frame.

    I still consider myself a custom gunsmith. If you want one of Ned's plunger tubes or if there is some other feature that you'd like, I can probably accommodate you. Send me an email if you have any questions or if there is an option that you'd like that isn't listed on my website.

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    A great review of a great pistol - congratulations Steve!
    Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wjkuleck
    clip-----There is an argument to be made that the complex shapes of a 1911 frame derive no benefit from starting with a forging. In fact, a properly cast frame will be more homogeneous in composition than a forging------clip
    So true, Walt. Properly cast (and, dare I say, MIM) gas turbine parts (in the hot section!!!) have shown greater strength and reliability than forged in many applications.

    Mr. Berryhill could make mine on a Caspian.


    Warmest regards,
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    infernal casting non issue

    Quote Originally Posted by RobfromME
    So true, Walt. Properly cast (and, dare I say, MIM) gas turbine parts (in the hot section!!!) have shown greater strength and reliability than forged in many applications.

    Mr. Berryhill could make mine on a Caspian.


    Warmest regards,
    Rob
    Yes indeed. The next time any of us fly it will likely be in a plane with cast turbine blades. Quality can vary with all manufacturing methods. Properly done, cast parts can be the equal or better of forgings again as always, depending on the application and the quality of the process.

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