Originally Posted by Quentin
Very informative write up, Cane! Over thousands of rounds I never broke the collet bushing in my Series '70 but then I read how fragile they can be. I figured it was one more thing to go wrong at a bad time so it now sits in the original box and the pistol now has a standard bushing just in case...
I have no empirical data to support my theory, just a canebrake gut intuition, but I think if JMB were to have gone on and furthered his 1911 development to include competition and high end firearms, the "collet" bushing would have been an option.
I think Colt's mistake was to include this bushing in all
full-size production 1911's. Had they used it only in the Gold Cup the design would still be here today.
Why do I say that? I'm glad you asked. The Gold Cup, and it's owners are not the same shooter/owners as the majority of us. You know to whom I speak, we're the tinkerers, can't leave it alone, this can't work and needs an upgrade knuckle dragging surface breathers. (self included, just look at my guns
This Minute of Angle level of accuracy isn't needed in a minute of bad-guy combat fighting weapon. The production 1911 is a combat fighting weapon. The Gold Cup is a MOA piece.
I'm confident the collet bushing's propensity to fail was based on the above mentioned neanderthal owners and NOT
on it's design.