View Full Version : 1911 Barrel drop in?

March 16, 2001, 12:51 AM
I'm getting an Argentine contract Colt 1911 45 acp. In case I need to REPLACE THE BARREL, IS THIS A SIMPLe "drop in" job or do I need some gunsmithing?

George Stringer
March 16, 2001, 06:55 AM
Tabing, there are a lot of drop-in bbls on the market but most will require minor fitting of the hood and feet. I don't use drop ins but I believe they would come with instructions showing you where and what needs to be done. George

March 16, 2001, 10:30 AM
thanks George.

March 16, 2001, 12:24 PM
George, with a drop-in barrel, would a group-gripper advised, for the "better lock-up thing..."

I've often been told that it's a cheap way to obtain consistent lock-up on non-fitted barrels

March 16, 2001, 03:50 PM
Well, I'm not George :), but I'll interject here that I've had inconsistent results with Group Grippers. In my experience, just using a longer link has usually (not always) done better. Not the best way, but has been used by many smiths for years in lieu of match barrels or lug welding. There can be problems with this under certain tolerence stack up conditions. YMMV

George Stringer
March 17, 2001, 07:36 AM
Romulus, I'd recommend a group gripper but not alone unless you already have a tight bushing. I've experimented a few years ago with a lot of guns that came in for accuracy work. The bushing alone always increased accuracy. The gripper alone usually helped but neither was as good alone as they were together. While it is certainly one way to do it, I don't use longer links to increase lock up because it can lead to problems in the other direction as BBBBill mentioned. I only use them when the existing link is too short (binds the slide stop pin) for proper barrel fit. George