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Old April 10, 2001, 03:46 PM   #1
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I've come to the conclusion recently, that if I'm going to pay someone to do half *ss repairs or alterations on my things - then I might as well screw them up myself for a lot less money. At least this way I will learn something and maybe get a few new tools. That being said, which manuals/ books/videos would you all recommend for someone who wants to do BASIC pistol smithing on the 1911 and HP? Thanks.
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Old April 10, 2001, 06:05 PM   #2
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For the 1911, you'd have to search some to come up with a better pair of books than the Jerry Kuhnhausen "The Colt .45 Automatic, A Shop Manual" volumes.

If you find a good book for the BHP, I'll also be interested. I have a FEG clone, and I just picked up a WWII Inglis HP, so I'll be needing some reference material.
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Old April 10, 2001, 07:21 PM   #3
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Jerry's books can be obtained from http://www.gunbooks.com

http://www.discountgunbooks.com offers a manual on the care and feeding etc of the BHP. Go to their catalog pages, click on A-D (IIRC) and scroll down the left side of the page.
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Old April 11, 2001, 08:52 AM   #4
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Old April 12, 2001, 07:55 PM   #5
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I've always gone by Hallock's book on the 1911. It's recently buried itself under something, so I can't give you an address. They're sold by some of the book guys at gunshows...

Lots of info on serial numbers and proof marks as well as "how to".

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Old April 13, 2001, 01:28 AM   #6
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Jim,
I ordered that HP manual from DiscountGun Books about three weeks ago and still don't have it. I e-mailed twice and finally got a reply, it's on backorder. I also asked why they don't have a security mode for their online credit card ordering and the lady said "we've never had credit card security and we've never had a problem yet". If and when I get it, I will give it a once over and do a short review for you guys. I'm a member over at the fnhp forum and I posted a request for titles over there and nobody responded. Maybe one of you HiPower smiths needs to write the definitive HP manual for all of us.

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Old April 13, 2001, 05:21 AM   #7
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Discount Books

I have not ordered from them. I have ordered from the people that publish Jerry's books (Heritage Books) and have had good service. The only reason I suggested Discount Books is that I knew the BHP book was listed.

Keep us posted on your order.
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Old April 13, 2001, 02:14 PM   #8
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Art Eatman: Don't you just hate those little gremlins when they hide your stuff?! I've been looking for my .45 jag for a week now! Damn thing grew legs I guess.
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Old April 13, 2001, 10:04 PM   #9
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ATTICUS, around this joint, Gremlins are a way of life.

Gremlins or Auldtimer's...

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Old April 18, 2001, 12:52 PM   #10
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Jim V., Atticus......... The mail came today with "The Browning Hi-Power Pistols" by Donald B. McLean. It is a dandy little manual of only 47 pages but worth the money and the wait. It has cut-away and exploded renderings of the gun as good as I've ever seen and a lot of good, detailed info on field and detail stripping perfect for the novice. With this manual and the help of the great people over at the HP forum (www.fnhipower.com} a rookie like me who is reasonably handy ought to be able to accomplish a lot in home smithing.

This book is published by Desert Publications @ $9.95 and in my opinion, one of their better manuals. All in all, I'm pleased and I thank Jim for pointing this out to me.

Now Atticus, let's get busy. I wish I would have had this when I did my trigger job and removed the mag disconnect from my FEG but at least future work will be a lot easier.

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Old April 18, 2001, 03:35 PM   #11
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If you guys are looking for the disassem/assem w/photos I can email them to you. Courtesy Harley Nolden's Institure of firearms research on TFL


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Old April 19, 2001, 09:24 AM   #12
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Harley: Thanks, I'd like to take you up on the photo offer.
Viejo: Sounds like a winner I'll have to get a copy.
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Old April 19, 2001, 06:28 PM   #13
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Got the pics Harley, thanks much!
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Old April 20, 2001, 05:38 AM   #14
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Me too, Harley. You're part of what makes TFL great.

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Old April 22, 2001, 11:05 AM   #15
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Harley,

Could you send them on to me as well?

Thanks,

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Old April 22, 2001, 04:15 PM   #16
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Did you get the photos etc?

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