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Thread: 1911 barrel replacement question

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    Apr 2014
    NE Texas

    1911 barrel replacement question

    I need a replacement barrel for an old 1911 government model. It is a commercial 1911 made in the 20’s and its barrel is rough from firing corrosive ammo in the past. The pistol is not an A1 model. So my question is, if I buy a new “drop in” barrel, will it work the same as if my pistol was an A1?
    Thank you in advance for your replies.
    Gene Pool

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    I'm not aware of barrel changes between the original and A1 designs; a quality drop-in should work, just know that even drop-ins often need a little fitting.


    1) Are you sure you need to re-barrel? If there are no accuracy, cycling or fouling issues, consider leaving as-is.

    2) Are you sure you want to put money and rounds into a 100 year old piece?

    Anyway, if you go that route, suggest Kart EZ fit.
    Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?

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    The Army bought replacement barrels from High Standard for use in both 1911 and 1911A1.

    I think any standard barrel will fit or can be made to fit your GM.

    I don't know if there are any true drop-in barrels being made to the old specifications. Anything you get may well require cutting. I know my one foray into drop-in did.
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