What kind of machining does the face of an original USS recoil spring plug have? A picture of an original would be great. Thanks.
US&S got their recoil spring plugs from sub-contractors, so there is no true US&S recoil spring plug. A division of Remington Rand manufactured recoil spring plugs, and that may very well be what you have.The barrel bushings were bought in a semi-finished state, and this probably led to most of the US&S bushings still having machining grooves on their face.
Many thanks. Clears up a lot of confusion, which at my age, is all the time!!!!!
On a few US&S 1911a1's I have seen have the concentric circular machine rings on the barrel bushing. I certainly do not know if all were like that.
Not all bushings on the US&S have the circular machining. Just depended on how well they were finished when received or how well the workman wanted to finish them.
FWIW, I have an early version and a late version. Both have the concentric rings on the barrel bushing.
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There is no difference in early or late production as all the bushings were contractor supplied.
A quick count showed that two I have don't have the concentric rings, one has very obvious rings, and one barely has any rings. I never kept a record of this on the ones I no longer have.
Most US&S bushings will have the concentric rings. However, having owned dozens of them and examining countless others, I agree with Johnny; not all have the rings. The important thing is that they have the proper Du-Lite finish, and that condition and wear patterns match.
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