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Posted: 9/28/2004 12:48:26 PM EST



Well, I cleaned my old Remington Rand 1911A1 today, and when I looked down the barrel after running a wire brush and cotton swab through it, that it appears to be quite pitted. Not sure what it is exactly, I have only shot US manufactured ammo through it since I purchased it two years ago, so I am going to take the barrel by the local gunsmith shop this week to get his take on it.

But, if the barrel is as corroded as I am afraid it is, then there will be no more shooting it. It's a terrific old pistol, probably the only one that I absolutely will not ever sell. The only thing I have done to it is replace an aftermarket slide stop with an original USGI slide stop, so the weapon is now 100% USGI, just like it came out of the factory in 1944. For all I know, it killed a few Nazis in it's prime.

I don't want to replace the barrel, I want to keep it just like it is, so I guess I will have to buy another 1911 soon to replace it at the range.

I guess there's a silver lining to every cloud after all!

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 12:50:16 PM EST
A pitted bbl will make no big difference at pistol ranges. Shoot it.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 12:50:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 12:51:43 PM EST
Its a fine piece of American history.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 12:55:18 PM EST
Replace the barrel and shoot it.

Save the old barrel and put it back in if you ever want it to be original again.

I love 1911s.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 12:57:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Replace the barrel and shoot it.

Save the old barrel and put it back in if you ever want it to be original again.

I love 1911s.




+1
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 12:57:41 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:00:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Replace the barrel and shoot it.

Save the old barrel and put it back in if you ever want it to be original again.

I love 1911s.

SHHHHHH!



I doubt that "Dibs" counted.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:06:15 PM EST

This pistol will be given to the winner of a bare hands free for all deathmatch which will take place at Gunstock this year. I will referee, and declare the winner. All contestants must shout 'We who are about to die salute you!' to me, or will be disqualified.

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:07:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By Jicky:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Replace the barrel and shoot it.

Save the old barrel and put it back in if you ever want it to be original again.

I love 1911s.



+2


+1

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:10:02 PM EST
Give her a good cleaning and retirement.

I get a very "I'm not worthy" feeling about them old old 1911s... i'd rather send my cheap ammo through a new one than disgrace someone's grandpappy with my plinking.


I'm dead serious... I feel bad shooting them old timers. Not so much M1s, due to all the work done on them after (as is often the case).


- BG
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:14:58 PM EST
Clean it, put it in a nice case, retire it, buy an HK. Then it won't happen again.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:21:51 PM EST
My thoughts agree with Cyanide-Just shoot it.
Low velocity (ball is 800fps +- right?) pistols are not going to be affected much by pitting. Might need a little more cleaning,but more shooting might just polish out some of the spots.A 1911 with battle pistol type fit is only going to shoot so tight anyhow,it isn't like you have a bullseye gun.Don't mistake my remarks as
scorn. I think it is a fine pistol and a great part of history and as long as it is safe it should be shot and enjoyed as is
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:30:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/28/2004 1:34:52 PM EST by cmjohnson]
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:34:41 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 6:24:43 PM EST
I'm with all those that say "shoot it". I've got a 1911 also, (circa '18) and it's the one I always think about when some one finds out I own "a bunch" of guns...and I tell them they're all "shooters" ... nothing of mine's too valuable or rare to shoot. Although I understand BUCC_Guy ... I have another scenario for him to think about ; Pure fiction... The old man and his 1911 went through some real stuff in the Great War and now, in the '20s or '30s, he introduces his grandson to old slabsides. He's proud the kid and the old gun get along so well, and he might think that'll come in handy in the future, maybe. Do you think he, or the kid, or the gun is worried about whether cheap ammo is going through the spout ? I don't. We might feel bad shooting them old-timers, but I'll bet a new shooter will get the same thrill you used to, shooting a pistol that's 8 or 9 times older than they are. Stay safe
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 4:12:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By AvengeR15:
For all I know, it killed a few Nazis in it's prime.


Warfare & field work is hard on weaponry. That one saw no action...
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 4:14:36 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 4:18:25 AM EST
Part of me is going the direction of getting a new barrell for it and then the other part is for retiring it as the champion it is. Maybe you could "semi-retire" it? Shoot it once in awhile put it up and so on. Hard decision. Take care.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 4:22:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:

I have an old Colt 1911 (A 1911, not a 1911A1) made in 1918 according to Colt's records.

It was a DCM/NRA sale gun, circa 1964, and was refurbished at the Augusta Arsenal prior to sale.

The best fourteen bucks my father ever spent!

CJ





Do you know that I hate you?

I'll give you $42 dollars for that gun. Triple your money.

As for AvengeR15, just shoot it. Cyanide is correct.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 4:26:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Replace the barrel and shoot it.

Save the old barrel and put it back in if you ever want it to be original again.

I love 1911s.



+1
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 4:28:19 AM EST

Originally Posted By SGB:

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Replace the barrel and shoot it.

Save the old barrel and put it back in if you ever want it to be original again.

I love 1911s.




+3.

CJ



+4



+5
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 4:35:05 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 5:20:51 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2004 5:22:33 AM EST by AZMAN-1]
Like everyone else on the board I desire many different guns old and new. I own two 'new' 1911's but I have always dreamed of owning an all original 1911 'war horse' I would not turn one down in ANY condition.

The history mean that much to me.......

PS own it with pride...
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 10:23:40 AM EST

Maybe I will semi-retire it, as has been suggested. I won't take it to the range or anything, and will only use it to bust caps in Blue Helmets, when the time comes.

Did I just say that out loud?

Link Posted: 9/29/2004 10:40:56 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 10:45:25 AM EST


Hit it in das pooper and post the pics?

Zen



"This is my rifle, there are many like it, but this one is mine"
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 11:03:49 AM EST
Just follow this 3 step plan:

1) Buy another 1911.

2) Buy another barrel for the 1911 you have.

3) Keep the original barrel.

Repeat as needed.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 11:46:46 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2004 11:47:45 AM EST by Maddogkiller]
Unless the pitting is deep enough to affect the structural integrity of the barrel, it will be of no concern. If you just want to retire that pistol, then do so, but there is no NEED to.

Now, if you are looking for an EXCUSE to convince your wife and or girlfriend that you NEED another pistol, then please disregard the above statements.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 12:04:18 PM EST


It probbly has a HS( High Standard BBL) They are available and can be found on ebay.
Dont worry about matching the bushing to the bbl unless it has a match BBL. Just check to see if the bbl springs when in battry. Don't worry about shooting the old one a little pitting will not hurt any thing.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 5:18:39 PM EST
I got one just like it just not pitted,or as old(my was made in 1945) so while it did not see any WW2 action it may very well have been carried in Korea,or Nam!!!

As yours too,just shoot it and know that that many would be glad to take it off your hands!!

Bob
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 5:26:59 PM EST
I know the feeling. I retired my WW1 1911 earlier this year.

<sigh>
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 5:56:52 PM EST

I say shoot it...

...after putting a new barrel in her.


Bigfeet
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