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    A Colt Government Model style pistol was brought into one of the local shops locked up. The gunsmith glanced down the barrel to be sure there was nothing in the barrel and proceeded to try and get it apart. He finally got the slide to move from it's fixed position, but then couldn't get the bushing out. Finally he had to drive the bushing out of the slide and found that something had been in the barrel and another round fired behind it. This virtually swaged the bushing onto the barrel, and the upset wouldn't pass the front of the slide. When he got it apart the only damage found was the barrel and bushing. A new barrel and bushing put it back into working order.

    Part of the bullet jacket and lead can be seen in the crack in the barrel, and splits were developing in the bushing on either side of the split.



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    WOW! Someone needs a lesson in owning a 1911 without destroying it.
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    On a brighter note...the owner lived because the JMB designed Colt was built like a tank.



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    Takes a licking, and with a few new parts keeps on ticking.

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    Was the owner using hand loads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deserttrans View Post
    Was the owner using hand loads?
    It was not mentioned. The pistol locked up with the barrel and slide still in battery, and the owner sent it to the gun shop by his brother. The gunsmith shined a light down the bore to be sure it didn't have a round in the chamber, but with the quick check didn't see the bulge in the barrel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deserttrans View Post
    Was the owner using hand loads?
    Legitimate question, but my brother was shooting some Magtech .45s and had one that was sticking out the muzzle.
    It way too easy to make a mistake reloading, but I've seen quite afew recalls on factory ammo over the years.
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    During the decades I have been shooting and working on the 1911 I have lost count of the guns I have seen blow up by bad ammo, poor reloading or just worn out brass. Hot 38 Supers were a fair bit of that but 45 were as well.

    Never seen a "blown" Colt that couldn't be put back into working order with just a few minor parts replaced. Barrels and grips the most common.

    I have see photos of cracked slides and frames but never held either in my hand, thankfully. The 1911 is a very strong design and can take a lot of abuse.
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    I know there's good forgings and bad forgings...good castings and bad castings...but it reaffirms my faith in the quality forgings Colt uses. I wonder how well some of the 1911s made from castings hold up to such events.
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    Astute observation that I only mentioned "Colt" I should have said Colt steel forged frames and bar stock slides. I have seen castings and lessor quality bar stock frames and slides crack from the same kind of abuse.

    Those observations are why I would never encourage one to build an expensive custom 1911 on anything but a Colt as the base gun.
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