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Old April 28, 2001, 02:46 PM   #1
Joe Portale
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When measuring for a new bushing, can one measure the ID of the slide where the bushing sits, or should one stick with the OD of the bushing itself? The idea is to get a bushing that is a little tighter without going to a full blown match bushing.


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Old April 28, 2001, 09:28 PM   #2
James K
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The normal way is to fit the bushing to the barrel. You can buy bushings of different sizes, for which you have to measure the ID of the front of the slide, but if you can't get that exact diameter, you will be back to fitting again.

I recommend that you either talk to a gunsmith and/or get a Brownell's catalog ( and check out the many bushing and barrel combinations available. I think you will want to assess your needs. The better stuff is not cheap, and you might not want to spend a lot of bucks for a minimal improvement in performance.

If the gun is not a Colt, U.S. GI, or a good quality modern pistol, you could be wasting money.

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Old April 29, 2001, 07:15 AM   #3
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Joe, get the closest one you can to your barrel OD. To tighten the bushing to slide fit you can expand the rear of the bushing. The problem here is that often times folks who don't have experience with this will crack the bushing. Most smiths will install an oversize bushing for about $25. Talk to your local smith and see if he has the tools to do it correctly. You'll be much happier with one that fits properly. George
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