View Full Version : Pre-fit .45 barrels?

February 20, 2002, 06:18 PM
I`ve noticed Bar-sto, and other makers, offer pre-fit, and "smithing needed" barrels. I`m planning on buying a Bar-sto for my LW Commander, and having a good smith install it. (along with a trigger job, and new sights) I`m using it for carry, and informal target shooting. (I LOVE accurate .45`s!) Is one better than the other, for my application?-Thanx

February 20, 2002, 06:57 PM
I suspect that even "pre-fit" barrels for a 1911 will take a bit of fitting, at least in my experience. I've never tried to fit a truly "raw" barrel, I leave that to the experts. :)

February 20, 2002, 08:02 PM
It's $75 more(+shipping) to have BarSto install a fitted barrel, well worth the money!

February 21, 2002, 06:49 AM
Bar-Sto pre-fit barrels are fine. I have one in a Government model and its accuracy exceeds my abilities. I think Bar-Sto claims pre-fit barrels are capable of 2 inch groups at 25 yards and their claim is valid. I have shot a few (precious few) 2 inch groups and one that was close to one inch! Even with the pre-fit barrel, some minor fitting may be required, namely, the bushing and the barrel hood extension. My pre-fit also required chamber reaming to be 100% reliable.

I really don't care for match grade barrels on defense weapons. Self defense shootings occur at a distance of 0 to about 7 feet, match grade accuracy is not needed. 100% reliability is an absolute requirement!

February 21, 2002, 07:29 AM
If you are bothering with the time and expense to customize your 1911 and you want to do it right (the first time), then you WILL be best served by having Irv Stone hard-fit HIS barrel into YOUR Gun.

There is none better...............

February 22, 2002, 12:04 AM
WESHOOT2 is correct....just have it checked afterwards for signs of a "tight chamber", per one of the earlier posters....mikey357

February 22, 2002, 08:54 PM
Weshoot, does he have a website, or can you give me his address? Having it done right, the first time, is the only way to go. But- Is he as expensive as Wilson`s? By the way, what does "hard fit" mean? Thanx!

February 23, 2002, 06:06 AM
Expense is not relevant; both about the same.

"Hard-fit" means that the barrel is physically dimensioned to YOUR gun, even to the point of welding up surfaces then recutting/shaping to YOUR gun's exact dimensions.


February 23, 2002, 11:33 AM
IF I was to have another fit it, I would prefer to have a "good" 1911 smith LOCALLY fit the gunsmith barrel so that if there's a problem, you can drive over and have it adjusted, instead of paying another shipping charge... http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/bandit.gif