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Old 02-02-2011, 04:08 AM   #11
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My choices of firearms are not typical, and this is part of the reason. The ones I own and shoot, I understand to the barebones, with a few exceptions.

Being able to use, maintain and repair stuff is important to a certain type of individual. While learning the finite details of firearms can be a long process, it seems to be not terribly different than many other mechanical devices in modern life.

I am working on a S&W wheel gun currently.

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Check the firing pin on your Springfield. I think you will see that it is not the same as a Colt, or USGI FP. No issue, but get a spare for an SAI from Brownells. As far back as 1987 (that I know of) Springfield Armory was using a FP very similar to a .38Super FP. But USGI 1911 parts have dried up.

And that blown case in the Glock is due to high pressure loads causing a case rupture. It is an ammo problem, not a gun problem. 1911's do that too, which is the main reason for fully supported chambers and ramped barrels on many custom 1911's. .45ACP is not a high pressure round, so hot (+P, +P+) loads can cause problems. Standard velocity ammo will never be a problem in a Glock .40 or .45.
i understand the hot ammo thing but shtf beggers cant be choosers when it comes to ammo. i do have spare pins with three different 1911's plus spares im gtg. main gun will be a rifle handgun is not primary. even full auto parts from military sources will work in a civvy AR15.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:19 AM   #13
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i understand the hot ammo thing but shtf beggers cant be choosers when it comes to ammo. i do have spare pins with three different 1911's plus spares im gtg.
Amen to that. That's why I have "plenty" of ammo. Good on ya for having the spare parts.

But those over pressured loads are gonna blow anything. It is fashionable to blame Glocks, but everything KBs when over loaded. Ever wonder why most of the blown guns are .40's and .45's, and not 9x19 or 10mm? The 9x19 and 10mm are designed for high pressures and the .40's and .45's are not. Asking the round to do more than it was designed for is never a good idea.
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I am. My gunsmith also happens to be a former military type that did work on 5 continents...JD
What he said.

Except, only 3 continents for me, and If it comes down to reconing a hard to find, or a much needed part not on hand...well you did say it was a worst case/SHTF scenario.
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I'd fire my gunsmith in a heartbeat if I could find one that worked cheaper.
Limited knowledge, not big on finesse. All his tools are old and are more suited for changing a transmission or laying track for the railroad than for gunsmithing,

Yep, I'd fire myself if I could

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My father-in-law barely even has enough ammo to fill one cylinder of his revolver. If we can hook up in a bad situation, I'll have to be his gunsmith. I've got an extra (or more) of every spring and pin in my arsenal.

I wouldn't have it any other way. This is the reason for 1911 and AR-15!

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I have been tinkering with my guns for some years now. I am nowhere near a gunsmith, not even close. However, I am pretty handy and have become somewhat more proficient as time has gone by.

I can probably get by. Maybe only just, but I think I can get by.

BTW, having good manuals makes all the difference. I have a bunch of the Gun Digest Assembly/Dis-assembly Manuals. They're worth their weight in gold. (or they could be )

Great thread idea Rock.

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I have been tinkering with my guns for some years now. I am nowhere near a gunsmith, not even close. However, I am pretty handy and have become somewhat more proficient as time has gone by.

I can probably get by. Maybe only just, but I think I can get by.

BTW, having good manuals makes all the difference. I have a bunch of the Gun Digest Assembly/Dis-assembly Manuals. They're worth their weight in gold. (or they could be )

Great thread idea Rock.
I'm like Don as I'd never call myself a gunsmith but I am knowledgeable of the guns I own and I do keep common spare parts on hand. Actually just ordered another batch of 1911 spare parts just because. Great thread and hopefully it makes folks think a bit...
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Although not a true gunsmith, I do all my work myself (with very few exceptions).

Having parts that swap is one thing, but having the knowledge of how to do it and how parts work together is another.

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BTW, having good manuals makes all the difference. I have a bunch of the Gun Digest Assembly/Dis-assembly Manuals. They're worth their weight in gold. (or they could be )
I also hope people keep a hard copy and not just electronic copies of them. In extreme SHTF, there might be no power or all computers are fried.
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