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How to Fit A 1911 Barrel (Ep.1) |1911 Barrel Fitting Series|

How to Fit A 1911 Barrel (Ep.1) |1911 Barrel Fitting Series|


In this video we will touch on the basic points of fitting on the 1911 barrel configuration. This will be the first part in this series that will go in depth on this subject to make it as easy as possible for our viewers! Thanks for watching and as always have a great day from the FUSION FIREARMS FAMILLY!!!


Fitting a 1911 Barrel: What You Need to Know


If you're a 1911 enthusiast, you may eventually find yourself in the market for a new barrel. But before you make a purchase, you might be wondering if the barrel will just "drop in" to your existing firearm. In this article, we'll go over the factors that can affect the fit of a 1911 barrel and provide some tips on how to properly fit it yourself.

When it comes to fitting a 1911 barrel, the first thing you need to consider is the tolerances of your particular firearm. 1911s can vary quite a bit in terms of how tightly or loosely their components fit together. If you have a mil-spec 1911 with looser tolerances, you may have an easier time fitting a new barrel. However, even with these firearms, it's not a guarantee that the barrel will just drop in. In most cases, some fitting will be necessary.

So, what do you need to look for when fitting a 1911 barrel? Here are the main points to consider:

  1. Lock-up: The barrel should lock into place smoothly, with just a bit of resistance. If it's too tight or too loose, it will need to be adjusted.
  2. Bushing fit: The fit of the bushing (the small cylindrical component that helps hold the barrel in place) is also important. It should be snug, but not too tight or too loose.
  3. Barrel hood: The back of the barrel hood (the part that sits against the slide) may also need to be fitted. You may need to remove a small amount of material to get the right fit.
  4. Chamfers: The chamfers (small angled cuts) on either side of the barrel hood can also affect the fit. If they're not angled correctly, the barrel may not lock into place properly.
  5. Barrel feet: On standard, non-ramped barrels, you'll want to check the fit on the sides and back of the barrel feet (the part that sits against the frame). If there's too much interference, you'll need to remove some material to get the right fit.
  6. Barrel link and slide stop: The barrel link and link pin on the slide stop should move freely and not bind. If they're too tight or too loose, it can affect the functioning of the firearm.

Fitting a 1911 barrel is not a particularly difficult task, but it does require some attention to detail and a bit of patience. If you're not comfortable doing the fitting yourself, you can always have the professionals at Fusion Firearms (or another reputable gunsmith) do it for you.


In conclusion, it's not a given that a 1911 barrel will just drop in and fit your firearm. However, with a little bit of fitting, you can get the new barrel installed and properly functioning in your 1911. With the right tools and a bit of know-how, you can do it yourself, or you can have the professionals handle it for you. Either way, with a properly fitted barrel, your 1911 pistol will be ready for action.




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will that 1911 barrel drop in [Music] hi folks Bob Serva again from fusion firearms today we're just gonna go over a quick video just on 1911 barrels okay and and we get an awful lot of questions again this is in reference to a lot of customer questions we get daily and one of them is  is the 1911 barrel i buy gonna just drop into my 1911. and my answer is maybe maybe not we don't know okay unless i had the pistol here to really look at it it's very difficult to to tell you that generally there'll be a little bit of fitting okay sometimes if you have a sloppier or or a mil-spec series that has a little bit more tolerances to it yeah they'll drop right in and you won't have much of an issue fitting anything and we are we're going to go into a barrel fitting video here very shortly for everyone and show you how at home you can actually fit fit the barrel yourself because there's only a few few fitting points on the fusion 1911 barrels and it'll lock up real nice for you so  when i get that question of  is this barrel just gonna drop from the sky and fall into my 1911 it probably won't  it again it will depend on the tolerances in your 1911. it's really difficult with all the different manufacturers out there and for a product line that has been being produced  since 1905 or earlier and and continues to get in it produced and improved upon through the generations that you're just going to think that  every type of component is just going to fall in from the sky and work into the in the pistol that's not gonna happen but generally it's it's not a really big deal and again if you if you don't have the mechanical ability to fit the 1911 barrel properly  you should probably just send the firearm in to us and we can fit the barrel for you we do provide those services they're all all those services are listed on our on our internet on our website so when i look at this barrel what are the things that you have to look at  it's going to be lock up basically and a lot of people won't understand  if they're having interference issues where those interference issues are but generally on a standard mil-spec style 1911 you'll only have a few fitting points that you're really going to have to worry about most of them  most of the standard barrels will not be ramped barrels if they are there's a little bit more to look at for fitting that these are ramped barrels here when you have a standard standards configuration barrel  the few things you're going to be looking for for at least getting it to lock up properly are are gonna be  your bushing fit of course also the actual back of the hood here the barrel hood where you may be hitting a little bit too hard up in this area the two little chamfers that you'll put a little corner break on both sides of the barrel hood just in case there's any radius in the in the corners of the breech face where your barrel is going to go up and lock up into that will give you a sufficient clearance for that and then generally on these two little sides here and here you just look and see if you're having  some some heavy rubbing or if it's binding in those areas sometimes you will see at the back of the feet here a little bit of binding depending on your frame generally not but sometimes you will see that and then the other the other item is going to be your barrel link and your link pin on your slide stop and again when you bring that into the position that is going to lock up does this move freely with just a little bit of resistance or is it locking up where you can't even even move it so that's another fitting point that you might want to look at right down here on the barrel feet  but to try to just think that every barrel's just going to drop into every pistol out there when there's millions of them out there it's just not going to happen so again those are things that we will have more videos to try to help you guys fit those barrels at home and and so you understand how to do it at home with your your basic hand tools but again it's a good question we get it all the time on  will that actually fit if it doesn't fit how detailed is it again it's a how detailed of a fitting job would that be is very difficult to try to tell you because unless we actually look at the pistol how it's set up and the tolerances within the pistol what you got to work for from it's very difficult to make that that that assessment so again it's it's one of those deals you really have to have the pistol and and be competent enough to understand what you're looking at and where do you take it from there so hopefully that clarifies some questions on just basically dropping in the barrel and like i said sometimes they will just drop in and and again that will also depend on the the  the the type of gun you're building is it going to be a match pistol is it a target pistol is a combat pistol is a carry pistol is it just some going out shooting tin cans with it recreational pistol so again all those things you take into consideration on  what you're gonna do and and how will you like that barrel fit all right thank you very much have a great day fusionfirearms.com

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