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Old 04-27-2013, 09:02 AM
Afterguard Afterguard is offline
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Bushing or no bushing?




I've been lurking here for a while but never posted, so bear with me please. I am thinking about buying a bob-tailed 4" 1911 for use as a carry piece. I currently carry a 3" Kimber Ultra, and I own a couple of Kimber Classics, so naturally my first thought was to pick up a Super Carry Pro. Then I noticed that S&Ws 4" E-model has a barrel bushing whereas the Kimber does not. I understand the reason for a bushingless barrel in a 3" gun, but why does one manufacturer use a bushing with a 4" barrel and another does not? Which is more reliable?
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:15 AM
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You'll get opinions either way. If memory serves, the S&W is actually 4 1/4", which is the shortest that a bushing will physically work with. I prefer a 4" bull barrel & no bushing, personally, others here wouldn't even touch one. In the end, I believe it boils down to personal preference. Not much help to you, I know. As my Dad used to say, either way, you won't know the difference in 100 years.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:38 AM
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You'll get opinions either way. If memory serves, the S&W is actually 4 1/4", which is the shortest that a bushing will physically work with. I prefer a 4" bull barrel & no bushing, personally, others here wouldn't even touch one. In the end, I believe it boils down to personal preference. Not much help to you, I know. As my Dad used to say, either way, you won't know the difference in 100 years.
Just a minor point, but Colt built (still build?) their 3.5" guns with a bushing. They work fine.

Here's an example:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/984...tainless-steel

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Old 04-27-2013, 12:18 PM
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I don't pretend to know the exact length, but at some point either a bull barrel or a large diameter bushing and barrel, as in the Officers ACP, is going to be needed to clear the barrel locking lugs during recoil. That being said, I have guns with bushings, and bushingless bull barrels. Mine are the full sized guns, not the mini 1911s, but both types just work. IMHO, reliability differences between the two are a non issue. I like the bull barrels but could not claim,or prove, that they are superior......
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:52 PM
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Colt no longer makes the Officers model although there are lots on the used market. The 3 inch Defender has the bull barrel. Whatever you like.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:57 PM
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Just a minor point, but Colt built (still build?) their 3.5" guns with a bushing. They work fine.

Here's an example:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/984...tainless-steel
I forgot about that one. And, I still maintain that none of us will know the difference in a hundred years!

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