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Old 01-06-2011, 09:10 PM   #11
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See these "raptor" serrations on the back of the slide. They will be like that, but they will overlap like ringmail or a fish's scales.
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I am reading (on - gasp! - another forum) that the Enhanced Series also will have titanium firing pins, doing away with the Swartz safety and its parts. I have spent a great time of time today on hold trying to speak with a customer service rep at Smith to confirm this, but my ear gave out. I'll try again tomorrow to find out.
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You could always look at a Springer - they've never had a firing pin block and already use lightweight firing pins. I've owned a couple of S&W 1911s and they're fine guns - it will depend on where they price these whether they are a good value or not...
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If Performance Center is doing the triggers, then be prepared to be very happy.

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You could always look at a Springer - they've never had a firing pin block and already use lightweight firing pins. I've owned a couple of S&W 1911s and they're fine guns - it will depend on where they price these whether they are a good value or not...
I have heard that SA's have a two piece barrel - no thanks.
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I have heard that SA's have a two piece barrel - no thanks.
When you hear about a problem with them, let me know...
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Can somebody dumb down that "two piece barrel" business? How does that work? I've heard of guide rods that have two parts, but how does the barrel have two pieces?
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Can somebody dumb down that "two piece barrel" business? How does that work? I've heard of guide rods that have two parts, but how does the barrel have two pieces?
Gello, they fit the barrel into the chamber block using a shrink fit. The OD of the barrel is the same ID as the chamber block and they heat the chamber block to expand it and then insert the barrel. Been doing that forever and I've never heard of a failure...
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^^^ OK, that works; i was picturing a weld or pressed fitting in the middle of the barrel or something.
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Gello, they fit the barrel into the chamber block using a shrink fit. The OD of the barrel is the same ID as the chamber block and they heat the chamber block to expand it and then insert the barrel. Been doing that forever and I've never heard of a failure...
The automotive world has been doing that for years with parts that see a lot more stress then the chamber of a 45acp. It wouldn't scare me in the least.
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