View Full Version : 1911 Fitting

05-14-2009, 8:52 PM
Taking a break from the file, I just thought of something. These 1911 require a lot of fitting, so how did they do it in WWII? Surely they didn't spend hours filing one pistol?

05-14-2009, 8:58 PM
I think Bill Haley (well, Big Joe Turner first) explained WWII 1911's pretty well in the song "Shake, Rattle & Roll". Not exactly a tight fitting mass produced item. Which is to be expected and in a war environment & desireable for good function. Only recently have 1911s become the relatively tight fitting handgun most people look for now.

05-14-2009, 9:28 PM
About any factory Colts would rattle when you shook them. During WWII, the tolerance maybe go even a little looser, because there were so many different makers, and ALL parts from ALL makers had to interchange. They would fire when muddy or wet, and the combat group size was 8" group at 25 yards. It was Kimber that revolutionized their production, and changed the world for 1911s.