View Full Version : Help: Winchester 1911 fore end reassembly

December 21, 2005, 01:51 PM
Hello, What's the proper order for reassembly of the Winchester 1911 fore end? You have barrel, fore end, recoil spring, magazine, 2 fiber buffers, and 2 metal buffer washers. The only drawing I can find is one that shows parts laid out on a surface but in no order, (Numrich). Thanks in advance. I know I should assemble in reverse order of disassembly, but when I unscrewed the magazine from receiver, the threaded buffer washer unscrewed also and parts went flying. I found them all but I can't figure out the order to reassemble. This is an unusual gun, and I don't want to reassemble wrong. For those scratching their heads this is the strange model with the knurled barrel that you grab to cock gun.

December 22, 2005, 10:34 AM
For help on your 1911, I'd suggest www.m1911.org

December 22, 2005, 11:53 AM
I'm sorry, I should have put in title Winchester 1911 semi-auto shotgun. I know when you see "1911" your brain automatically thinks Colt government model. This is a poorly designed model made to compete with the Browning Auto 5.

James K
December 22, 2005, 09:00 PM
I knew what you were talking about, but it has been about 30 years since I had one of those apart and can't really help. I do seem to recall that they didn't have friction rings like the Browning, but had a buffer at the front of the receiver to stop the barrel and another in the rear of the receiver to stop the bolt. I also recall seeing that those buffers became oil soaked and stopped working, with the result that recoil was very bad. I only test fired one, but can confirm reports that they kicked like hell.

Just FYI, Winchester used that odd knurled barrel because Browning's patents on the Auto Five (which were written by Winchester's attorneys when they planned to make that gun) included the bolt handle. So Winchester couldn't use it and Thomas Crossly Johnson, the designer, had to use the knurled barrel instead as well as other tricks to get around the Browning patents.