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Posted: 1/21/2006 5:37:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 5:39:52 PM EDT by hooks]

I am thinking about trying to install a Kart match grade barrel and bushing in my Milspec 1911. I am a tool maker so I have know how with tools. Where can I get a good step by step guide for the do yourselfer? This is not the drop in model, but version that requires some installation technique.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:16:40 PM EDT
Kuhnhausen's book on the 1911 would be a good start. You'll also need a lug cutter, a lug file. Kart makes an easy fit kit that Brownells carries, not a bad price for most of what you'll need.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:32:00 PM EDT
Is the easy fit kit the way to go if I plan to use it for competition?

Thanks for the advice..
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:35:16 PM EDT
The EZ is probably the way to go, and should be more than accurate enough. A good friend installed an EZ fit in his Kimber and printed a teeny little group on the cargo box of his Toyota.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:41:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 7:44:41 PM EDT by hooks]
Ouch, Toyota. By Kuhnhausens book on the 1911, I take it "Colt .45 automatic, a shop manual" is what I should reference?
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:42:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By hooks:
Ouch, Toyota. By Kuenhausens book on the 1911, I take it "Colt .45 automatic, a shop manual" is what I should reference?

You won't need the book with the EZ fit barrel (although reading up is good).
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:45:41 PM EDT
Great, Thanks..
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 8:14:07 PM EDT
Get the install kit that Kart has as well. Read up on the directions and the install will be good to go. The one I did turned out to be a better shooter then I am able to do. Have not got it to a ransom rest yet, but I will as soon as the pistol comes back from the finsher.

Aim straight and have fun
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 5:32:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:37:37 AM EDT
I see that Kart offers ramped ez fit barrels also. What are the advantages of a ramped barrel over just standard.

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=230142 Versus....

Link Posted: 1/22/2006 12:17:51 PM EDT
You don't need a ramped barrel in .45. The benefit of a ramped barrel is the fully supported chamber, which comes into play on 9x23 or .38 super guns running hot loads.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 5:49:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 5:52:05 PM EDT by hooks]
Ahhh, thanks for explanining. Great advice. I am going with the EZ fit barrel. Please post your groupings when you get your pistol to a Ransom Rest. I'd be interested to see them. This is going to be a nice winter project gun. I have a few other mods I plan to do also.
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