HANDGUNS

 

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The Semi Auto Pistol

The availability of service type auto loading pistols has changed dramatically over the past few years. No longer is the choice between the 1911 Colt, or the Browning  Hi Power. We have Beretta, Sig/Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Walther, H&K, CZ75, Glock, etc. In spite of the additional choices, the most popular pistol for custom work is still the 1911. The 1911 is a cottage industry of its own, from specialty accessories to gunsmiths who work on nothing else, it is truly the most coddled, pampered, used (and abused) handgun of all time. If you want a custom handgun that will give you the most bang for the buck, the 1911 is the one to choose.

A great many of the modifications performed on the 1911 can be done on other designs. I have customized most of the auto loaders available today, but the fact remains that the 1911 is the most popular. For this reason we addresses the conversion of the 1911, even though the same procedures, with modification, can be performed on most available autos. 

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The Single Action Revolver

Nightowl's Gunsmithing performs the usual single action modifications: trigger job, barrel cylinder gap tightening, custom base pins, barrel shortening, custom barrels, barrel fitting, etc. 

The Double Action Revolver

Nightowl's Gunsmithing performs the same service on the double action for modifications: trigger job, barrel cylinder gap tightening, custom base pins, barrel shortening, custom barrels, barrel fitting, etc. 

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As with other firearms, accuracy of the revolver is dependent upon several factors.  First, the bullet must be the correct diameter with relation to the cylinder chamber throats, and the interior barrel dimensions (the groove diameter is most often referenced, but bore diameter is important as well).  When cast bullets are used, the bullet should be .0005 to .0010"larger than the barrel groove diameter.  Ideally, the cylinder throat will be .0005 to.0010" larger than the bullet.  To illustrate, Douglas .44 handgun barrels typically have a groove diameter of .429".  The cast bullet should be .4295 to .4300".  The cylinder throats should then be .4300 to .4305".  Jacket bullets are more tolerant and can be groove diameter + .0010.  Cylinder throats .0010" larger than bullet diameter.

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