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    Plinker

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    Fitting a 1911 Barrel

    I bought a threaded barrel for my 1911 assuming I could just install a barrel link and run it until I realized that there are different sized barrel links. Anyone on here have experience fitting a new 1911 barrel? Any advice, tips, or tricks?

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    There is a lot more to this than you might think. Have you had it in the gun yet.
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    Plinker

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    No, it came without a barrel link installed. Or are you asking me to try closing the action with no link installed?

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    There are no drop in 1911 parts. Listen to CM.
    1911s are like Glocks except they are for grown-ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloppyjoe View Post
    No, it came without a barrel link installed. Or are you asking me to try closing the action with no link installed?
    If you have never done this there is a process.

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    Was this a ‘drop in’ barrel or a gunsmith fit barrel? Not having a barrel link makes me think you purchased a barrel that needs fitting

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    I have been fitting 1911 barrels for four years and I am still learning new things. There is a LOT going on in a 1911 barrel to achieve proper lockup engagement, angles, unlock timing, link fitment, hood fitment, etc. A drop in barrel is NOT drop in, in my opinion anyway. Way too much going on to be able to say it is going to work. Not only do you rusk malfunctions, but putting an improperly fit barrel in could damage existing parts or even be dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by praff View Post
    I have been fitting 1911 barrels for four years and I am still learning new things. There is a LOT going on in a 1911 barrel to achieve proper lockup engagement, angles, unlock timing, link fitment, hood fitment, etc. A drop in barrel is NOT drop in, in my opinion anyway. Way too much going on to be able to say it is going to work. Not only do you rusk malfunctions, but putting an improperly fit barrel in could damage existing parts or even be dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by praff View Post
    I have been fitting 1911 barrels for four years and I am still learning new things. There is a LOT going on in a 1911 barrel to achieve proper lockup engagement, angles, unlock timing, link fitment, hood fitment, etc. A drop in barrel is NOT drop in, in my opinion anyway. Way too much going on to be able to say it is going to work. Not only do you rusk malfunctions, but putting an improperly fit barrel in could damage existing parts or even be dangerous.
    Many 'drop in' barrels do work just fine, that's pretty much what factory 1911 barrels are but then again you are not getting much more above and beyond a factory barrel so I never really saw the point. For beginners the Kart 'ez fit' barrels work great if you don't have access to machinery etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drillsgt View Post
    Many 'drop in' barrels do work just fine, that's pretty much what factory 1911 barrels are but then again you are not getting much more above and beyond a factory barrel so I never really saw the point. For beginners the Kart 'ez fit' barrels work great if you don't have access to machinery etc.
    “Working” and being installed correctly are two totally different things.
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