Nothing is "drop-in." A typical Marvel class begins with initial component inspection, slide to frame fitting, and barrel fitting
. This is followed by fire control components.
If it's barrel fitting
, slide-to-frame fitting, checkering or any other specific step, it goes to the person who is best qualified to handle it.
I like the AR-style barrel fitting
to make barrel changes relatively simple.
We now move on to the heart of the matter: barrel fitting
. We'll need the stripped frame, the barrel, a working barrel bushing that fits loose enough we can install/ remove it without a wrench and the slide stop.
If a customer comes to me with a bolt-action rifle I can help him to a certain extent, but if he really wants to squeeze the last bit of accuracy out of his pet thunderstick, I send him to a master riflesmith for action work and barrel fitting
. My bolt gun guy is Lawrence (Larry) P.
Meister has been customizing and repairing 1911s since 1983, and he is a 2009 graduate of Bill Laughridge's Cylinder & Slide Custom 1911 and Match Grade Barrel Fitting
It took a lot of fussing over recoil springs, buffer pads and barrel fitting
to get it to run and not beat itself to death.
The claw type extractor reaches 0.125" into the bolt recess for extraction requiring some extra attention in the barrel fitting
Before starting the barrel fitting
procedure, make a couple quick checks.
"Traditional methods of barrel fitting
often leave this timing to chance," explains Stan.
Gaining enough clearance to provide function, without creating so much slop that accuracy suffers, is a graduate-level exercise in barrel fitting
Starting with beautifully uniform components, barrel fitting
at the Les Baer shop goes much faster...