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Old 11-19-2017, 2:20 PM
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Default 1911, Standard barrel vs Bull barrel?

What is your take on building a 1911 between these two barrel profiles? I've seen that the Standard barrel profile is much easier, but what about the bull barrel? Is it any much harder? I've been reading that the tight fitment between the bull barrel and the slide is the hardest part.

I'm planning to do one more 1911 build, another full length dust cover, with a reverse plug and a full length guide rod this time around.
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Was the bull barrel build any harder than a regular barreled build? Where'd you get the barrel from? Fusion doesn't have the 45 in Para Bull profile in stock
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Was the bull barrel build any harder than a regular barreled build? Where'd you get the barrel from? Fusion doesn't have the 45 in Para Bull profile in stock
I got it from Fusion.. just call and talk to them. They do runs on barrels. I think I had to wait 3 weeks for mine to get on the machine. Just fit other parts in the meantime. Bull barrel was no different. Figure you have to fit a regular barrel to a bushing, then the bushing to the slide. You’ll also have to have your slide reverse cut for the guide rod plug. But Fusion does have a new plug that negates this machining so it involves minor fitting.

ETA: Mine is chambered in 9mm, so I’d venture to guess you won’t have to wait as long for the .45 Barrel.
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I don’t know why someone does not just make a dedicated bull barrel long and wide slide which does not even require a reverse plug.
It would be easier to machine than a slide that does require a separate reverse plug and it would look much cleaner.
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Is the bull barrel simply a style thing or does it help with accuracy? Or less reciprocating mass?
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Is the bull barrel simply a style thing or does it help with accuracy? Or less reciprocating mass?
The primary reason for bull barrels is extra wall thickness/strength to make the hybrid integrally ported barrels.
Having more wall thickness gives you room to port the barrel directly through a lug in the barrel that fits into a cutout in the top of the slide.
That gets you a much more effective muzzle brake than any separate brake that threads or pins on to the barrel.
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I'll give them a call. I'm just eyeing the bull barrel for looks. I like the look of the flushed muzzle. I would take it even further and turn down the muzzle so it looks concave like a dimple, but that will take some reading to figure out. I already have a pair of standard barreled bushing 1911s, need something a bit more different.

I think I saw custom slide pictures that don't have the spring plug you're talking about, Randall. It was on Google pictures.
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