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Old 12-09-2017, 01:39 PM
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33,000 rounds of 230gr bullets = more than 1,000 pounds of projectiles

Recently my Les Baer 1911 hit the 33,000 round milestone. Which got me thinking about just how much weight that would be. 33,000 rounds X 230 grains / 7,000 grains per pound = about 1,084 total pounds of projectiles fired through this gun. Pretty neat!





And a pic of the machine that feeds the Baer...



And here's the youtube video of a local "outlaw" match I shot my Baer in.

Stay tuned for the upcoming 35k detail strip, clean, and write-up!
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:42 PM
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half ton
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:10 PM
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Neat! Good post, and great looking wear on that pistol.
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:15 PM
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Nice- do you have a list of parts you've had to replace due to wear?
Would be useful for others to stock up or watch closely
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:25 PM
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Nice- do you have a list of parts you've had to replace due to wear?
Would be useful for others to stock up or watch closely
The barrel broke at 30k (there was a thread here back when it happened in like May of this year). Other than that, it's just been occasionally breaking a mainspring housing pin (doesn't cause problems, just comes out in 2 pieces when I have done some of my detail strips). I also replace the recoil spring every 5k and firing pin spring every 10k, just preventatively, I wasn't having any issues ever.

I'm not the best person to tell you, but in my opinion, it's a good idea to have a spare extractor, recoil springs, firing pin springs, and mainspring housing pins laying around. Although I haven't actually broken an extractor yet.
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:57 PM
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That is a good looking Baer.
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Old 12-09-2017, 04:57 PM
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Keep feeding the Baer! Thanks for the tip on small parts to keep on hand.
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Old 12-09-2017, 04:57 PM
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Neat! Good post, and great looking wear on that pistol.
Agreed, I love it!
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:36 PM
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Well done. And a virtual courtesy bow!
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:49 PM
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half ton
... of lead and whaddya get? Another day older and deeper in debt!

But in a GOOD way!
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:43 PM
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Looking forward to the 40k review!
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:54 PM
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That Bear looks like something out of WWII. I love it. Makes me appreciate my Les Baer PII! And the blue walls for the Dillon - nice touch.


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Old 12-09-2017, 09:46 PM
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OP, that gun is just plain wore out. You prolly need to send it to me so I can “dispose” of it properly. I’m pretty certain it will not work much longer.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:20 PM
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Man I wish I could get one of these guns. Unfortunately, it'll have to wait until I retire and move out of this police state.
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:34 PM
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That pistol looks good! Keep feeding it!
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:26 AM
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I can't wait to see the inside!
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:58 AM
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Looks brand new, do you even shoot it?
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:11 AM
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a loaded 45 cartridge weighs about an ounce. You add a half pound of weight with a full 8 round mag, and you're holding it extended. That means you've weight lifted a little over a ton. That's a cool way to think about it.

the way that sucks to think about is that it costs probably a dime each time you pull the trigger. Keeping brass and casting lead it's what, 3 cents for the primer, 2 for the powder, 5 for lead?

so at a dime each you're at $3,300 and climbing turned into smoke, noise, and holes in paper. Makes the gun seem cheap by comparison
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Old 12-12-2017, 12:19 PM
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Very cool. I probably have 20,000+ rounds through my DW 1911 and never thought about the mass of lead that has left the barrel lol. Cool to think about.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:27 PM
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a loaded 45 cartridge weighs about an ounce. You add a half pound of weight with a full 8 round mag, and you're holding it extended. That means you've weight lifted a little over a ton. That's a cool way to think about it.

the way that sucks to think about is that it costs probably a dime each time you pull the trigger. Keeping brass and casting lead it's what, 3 cents for the primer, 2 for the powder, 5 for lead?

so at a dime each you're at $3,300 and climbing turned into smoke, noise, and holes in paper. Makes the gun seem cheap by comparison
That is cool! My reloads cost me about $0.15/round since I donít cast my own. Which is a lot of money, but worth it (to me at least) for all the enjoyment Iíve gotten out of working to get better.

Thanks for the kind words guys
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:39 AM
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That is cool! My reloads cost me about $0.15/round since I donít cast my own. Which is a lot of money, but worth it (to me at least) for all the enjoyment Iíve gotten out of working to get better.

Thanks for the kind words guys
I was excited when I won an Aimpoint at a 3 gun match. then I made the mistake of figuring out what I spend to win:

Week of vacation from work: 1/50 my yearly salary
Match fee: Free! I worked it. like a dog.
gas to match: $50
Hotel for a week: $300
Food for a week: $100
drinks with fellow shooters: $300
3 gun rifle: $2k
3 gun pistol $2k
3 gun shotgun $800
Match ammo: $200
3 months worth of practice ammo for all above $probably $400+


I could have skipped it, bought the T1 i wanted instead of the Pro I won, and then also a car and spent a week in italy instead. but meh, good time
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:31 PM
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Cool post. Nice looking gun.
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Old 12-23-2017, 02:33 AM
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40k, 50k, 60k, ...
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Old 12-23-2017, 07:10 AM
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Very cool, OP! I love to see a high-quality 1911 that's been used and appreciated.
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Old 12-24-2017, 12:38 AM
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First one to a 100k wins.
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