spare barrel

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by kiabe1, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. kiabe1

    kiabe1 New Member

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    Hello all i have an all original 1913 colt government m1911 and i'd like to get a spare barrel to use for shooting, any suggestions
     
  2. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    My $.02? Buy another modern 1911 and let your century old model enjoy it's retirement. Metallurgy has come a long way. That old spot hardened frame won't take the beating like one made using modern processes.

    Now, should you choose to ignore the previous opinion, seek out a gunsmith who knows their way around a 1911. 1911 barrels are NOT a drop-in piece. There are different sized barrel links and there may be other issues with fitting it to the slide & frame.
    Actually buying one shouldn't be a problem. There is no shortage of 1911 barrel manufacturers & vendors. The hardest part will be choosing one from the enormous selection.
     
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  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i agree with Overkill. buy another one and shoot the snot out of it and retire the older one to limited shooting sessions if you are going to shoot it.

    but as Overkill stated, most 1911 barrels are not just a drop-in replacement. most need to be fitted to lock up properly and to have any measure of accuracy. this might mean even having to modify the original parts to make the barrel fit properly. IMO, not a good idea. a gun is only original once and if you modify it in any way, such as to fit another barrel or any other part, you would probably decrease it's value.
     
  4. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    Take the last 2 guys advice or you are messing up bad.
     
  5. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I can simplify this thread. The gun is 100 years old. It is a working piece of history. What the hell are you thinking?
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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  7. therewolf

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    If you only want a shooter, why not sell the one you have for

    it's original value, then you will have enough to buy 3 or 4

    good newer 1911s for range purposes.

    Check that pistol's value. The last thing you want to do is

    change it.

    If you haven't already gotten a PM to offer to buy it, you probably will. I wish I had the money myself.

    P.S. --pictures--
     
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  8. kiabe1

    kiabe1 New Member

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    I realize i worded the question wrong i was asking if its possible without devaluating the gun and if so what brand you would suggest
    Side note heres some pictures


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    And no i didnt add the pachmayr grips, and yes they annoy me too
     
  9. Overkill0084

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    Brand? Nearly any brand will work. Though my choice would be a Colt GI. IMHO, they are the most likely to go in with the least trouble. However that's pretty much just supposition on my part. Again, talk to an experienced 1911 gunsmith. Since it will need additional parts...Barrel Link, Link pin and probably a new bushing, talk to the guy who will be doing the job. It's quite likely he would have some good recommendations as to the best way forward.

    You might find this interesting: http://coolgunsite.com/pistols/barrels.htm

    Oh and about your grips, maybe these folks can help: http://www.cylinder-slide.com/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=catshow&ref=reprgps
    They make a bunch of reproduction stuff for the early models. I think you will enjoy poking around their site.
     
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    if that was my pistol, i would find some original or reproduction grips and then leave it be. i wouldn't reblue it or rebarrel it. shoot it occasionally and let it be safe queen.

    if that is a family heirloom, even more so it would be left alone if it were mine. it's only original once.
     
  12. John_Deer

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    Let him go. Some people always want to reinvent the wheel. If I didn't like the barrel I would just sell the old gun and buy one with a barrel I wanted. By the time you buy the barrel you are well into the cost of a new 1911. Then your going to butcher up the old gun to make it worth about $150.
     
  13. Spitfiresubgun

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    Thanks Overkill84!

    I have been looking for a replacement front sight for my Series 70 Colt in 9mm. I heard about them but, forgot about them, Ordered 4 :D

    Michael
    Spitfiresubgun
     
  14. kiabe1

    kiabe1 New Member

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    Thanks alot for the information