HB,No offense taken!! I'm pretty easy to get along with.
Thanks for your advise.
For sure,I won't weld on the barrel ,and I won't weld near any locking surface.
And,I do not intend to weld inside the notch in the slide where the hood rests.
But I also don't subscribe totally to the zero welding school,either.
While I would not weld a reciever ring or near bolt locking lugs,Certainly welding sporter bolt handles on a bolt is common practice.
I have a 1911 38 Super fitted with a S+W revolver rear sight similar to how Mr Swenson would do it,only the rear sight dovetail was TIG welded away,and a couple of raised lugs added to support the sight.All is well.
I am still not sure my plan is a good one,and I hope for more advise.
I CAN be talked out of it. I am talking about a tool+die grade Tig Tech,not a goose pooper with a buz box.