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Old 06-20-2007, 05:03 PM
Lando Lando is offline
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Throated and fully throated barrel?

What is the difference in a regular 1911 barrel, a throated barrel and a fully throated one. I see the terms all the time and just realized I have no idea what it means. Is there any advantage of one over the other.
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:28 PM
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Virtually every 1911 on the market today has a throated barrel. Why anyone makes a point of mentioning it, I don't know. Sort of like the "lowered ejection port" that is actually the same as almost all ejection ports have been for twenty years. Old G.I. and Colt barrels had a small, v-shaped barrel throat, that ran from 4:30-7:30. With the expanded desire to run wadcutters and hollowpoints through the 1911, an opening of the throat was adopted as all but industry standard, in the 1980s. Look at the entrance to a "modern" .45 1911 chamber, and you will see the beveled area from 3:00-9:00, or even larger.
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Old 06-21-2007, 02:30 PM
G. Freeman G. Freeman is offline
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Yeah, virtually all 1911's produced have fully throated barrels already. However, some will still be unable to feed certain loads despite an extractor or mag tune--why this happens, I don't know. It may have to do with spec variations. Thus, the remedy would be to slightly alter the ramp and throat area, thus a "throat job."
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:01 AM
Lando Lando is offline
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Thanks guys that clears it up. I knew my pistol had it, I just didn't know what "it" was.
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