Thursday, November 30, 2006

Unintended Hiatus

It appears that I have not posted in the last 3 weeks or so. Unfortunately, our dog took a turn for the worse and ended up having to be put down. Add that up with work bullshit and training a new puppy, and I got a little bogged down.

Additionally, I haven't read any blogs for 3 weeks, so forgive me for not being up to speed on most things.

Below are pictures of the initial Rock Island frame purchase. We've begun to buy parts to assemble and looking into the do's and do-not's of assembly. As this project is officially underway, I will be posting pictures of the step by step procedures as we get to them. Brownell's is also making this thing a lot easier by offering their 1911 Armorer's Toolchest. It was a little pricey, coming in at over 50$ the cost of the frame and slide, but appears to be worth it, not just for building but month to month maintenance.

For shits and grins I Googled "1911 build" this afternoon. It pulled up a mere 4 pages and half the entries seemed to have something to do with the Panama Canal. Included, though, was a thoughtful thread from The AR15 Armory and a killer post from our own Xavier.

It's starting to look like a lot of fitting and small pain in the ass type stuff, but that should make it even sweeter in the end.

Rock Island is a weird company. It seems to be a front for a Philippino company that has been producing 1911's since the 50's. Reviews have been mixed, but so far we are happy. Posted by Picasa

The slide, ready with all of the necessary parts. The extractor appears to require some fitting which will be accomplished this weekend. Posted by Picasa

I've got a Wilson Combat Trigger on hand now, and it actually appears to "drop-in." I'm not going to hold my breath, however. Posted by Picasa

The Rock Island frame and slide came in several weeks ago. The fit seems to be acceptable, despite their reputation. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Range Report 11/02

Made the range today.

Priority #1 was seeing how my .303 reloads in the Enfield. Unfortunately, he didn't bring the reloads.

Priority #2 was to see how the new cheek weld fit on the Old Man's M-14. Unfortunately, he forgot the cheek weld. The M-14 shot well without the weld.

I've been having some problems with ARs lately. I've come to realize that, by owning a Glock, I have systematically under-lubricated every other firearm I own. This is really bad with ARs, I discovered. Anyway, one was merely a lubrication issue, whereas the other is a case of me installing a carbine buffer spring in an A2 stock. It doesn't work to well. Most cartridges make it to the feed ramp, but never see the chamber.

Took the new 1911 out as well. Performed like a nice new factory gun. Tighter than shit, but on the whole seems pretty good. Got about 100 or so rounds through it. Need an intensive pistol day to actually break it in. One jam and one FTF.

All firearms used today (outside of the new Colt) have been sighted so it was just a fuck about kind of day.

We've also been working on an old Combat Elite. We took that out, but it is a much longer story for a later time.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Next up

Me and a couple of guys have tentative plans to build ARs in the new year. If that doesn't happen I may be building with a retiring Army EOD guy. It sucks when all your guns are owned by Uncle Sam.

In current news, it doesn't seem that the 1911 craze is abating. I ordered a Rock Island frame and slide from Sarco today.

We're gonna build it one piece at a time. I figure this should keep me busy through Christmas. Also, this is a joint effort between me and my Old Man so some pretty interesting arguments should ensue.

I figure the best way to know as much as possible about the platform is to build one from the ground up.

I'll have real photos up once I'm in receipt (7-10 days.)

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