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Building A 1911 Long Slide

by Gus Norcross 10

There is something that draws me to long slide 1911s. I’m not sure exactly what it is but I like… more »



by Gus Norcross 1

It doesn’t look like much. A flat piece of spring steel slit in two places to form three legs which… more »


The 1911: Bo-Mar Rear Sight Installation

by Gus Norcross 1

After a couple decades of 1911 work, I can say that the most popular adjustable rear sight for 1911s is… more »


How to Mount Scope Rails on a 1911 for Bullseye Competition

by Gus Norcross 0

NRA Conventional Pistol or bullseye pistol competition was always about shooting iron-sighted pistols and revolvers until a couple decades ago… more »


Reloading Old Slabsides

by Robert W. Hunnicutt 0

I know this blog is supposed to be about gunsmithing, not reloading, but if you test-fire a lot of guns… more »


Browning Hi Power Upgrades: Thumb Safeties

by Gus Norcross 0

As a shooter who has lived with 1911s since the ’70s, my handgun comfort zone tends to include single-action pistols… more »


The 1911: The Importance Of Pin Sizes

by Gus Norcross 1

When I was a 19-year-old Cold War tank driver lugging around a World War II-era 1911A1, trigger creep wasn’t an… more »


The 1911: Dovetail Front Sights

by Gus Norcross 0

Up until 15 or 20 years ago, most 1911 front sights were staked to the slide. Staking worked OK for… more »

Wear on the "bow tie" recoil surface is normal, but the rear of the barrel lugs have made marks that suggest slightly deepening the round relief cut or removing material from the rear of the lugs.

Inspect Your 1911: The “Bow Tie”

by Gus Norcross 0

When a 1911 pistol is fired, the slide and barrel move rearward for a short distance until the barrel link… more »


The 1911: Replacing Plunger Tubes

by Gus Norcross 0

Anyone who knows me will tell you there is no greater advocate of the 1911 pistol than Gus Norcross. However,… more »

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