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Old 03-21-2014, 07:42 PM
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Epic 30,083 Round Range Report w/Detail Strippy Picturey Goodness

My Thunder Ranch broke the 30k round mark yesterday (30,083) and I wanted to write this up with A LOT of pics. I’ve been documenting several of my 1911s with detail strip pics, manky dirty pics and the occasional training shot.
The purpose of these posts is to show how the gun holds up over time, provide context and show that quality 1911s can run with minimal maintenance and hopefully discourage folks from making their guns safe queens. Uncle Les WANTS you to shoot them! FWIW I went 2700 rds since the last cleaning and it was disgusting but it ran.
Background:
- I bought this gun new from Crazy John in 2007 and it’s been used for IDPA, a little USPSA, plenty of carry, training and I’ve loaned it out for use at matches as well. Why not?


Baby Picture from 2007:



- I was stationed overseas from the summer 2010 until the summer of 2013 so it got a 3 year break (and my dad didn’t rent it out to his friends-yaay!). And I had to carry a Beretta with my M4 in Afghanistan – booo!

In short, this gun has become my go to pistol and it just feels “right” in my hands.
Details…

Gun:
2007 TRS
- S&A Magwell (not even a little blended).
- Regular thickness grips from LBC.
- Brown Extended Mag release.
- Wilson Combat Guide Rod.

Ammunition:
- 230gr ball (no preference, I shoot it all).
- 230gr Hydra Shoks
- 230gr RNFP (Moly coated Precision Bullets).
- 200gr LSWC, RNFP (Precision).

Magazines:
Magazines are disposable (especially Baer mags - more on that in a minute…). I use (8) round mags exclusively and below is a list of my current pile:
- Wilson 47Ds.
- Tripp Research.
- Wolff. These mags work for a little while and the feed lips crack in the rear and they eventually stop falling free of the gun. They do this in my Baers, but work perfectly in my Wilson and Springfields. Go figure. Must be a frame dimension issue…
- LBC mags suck sweaty donkey nads and I only use them at the range. Springs get weak, the followers are made of cheese and they cause malfunctions. In fact, I threw away (2) more this week.
- Chip McCormick Power Mags are by far the best IMHO. I have about 15 of them and need to order more. They’re stout and take a beating falling on the concrete floor of the range. CMC FTW!

Parts Replaced:
- (2) LBC Extractors. The first broke after about 20K and the next one just gave up tension at 27k rds. No biggie as they’re consumables. Les replaced one under warranty and I paid for the spare. Fair enough.
- (1) Guide Rod. Replaced with a Wilson Combat 575S unit as the hollow stocker was beat to crap.
- Recoil springs every 5k rounds. Wolff 16lb units.
- (1) Main spring. Put in a 23lb Wolff when I took the gun apart this am since I hit 30k.

Failures:
- The only failures I’ve had with this gun were due to extractor failures and 5hitty magazines. Seriously. As mentioned, my LBC mag collection is dwindling…

Accuracy:
- No change. Here is (1) magazine last night offhand at 12 yds. Acceptable.

- The gun is a little looser than new, but it was never as tight as my Monolith of the PII I bought my dad. I don't need the bushing wrench. My Custom Carry is about the same level of tightness…




I’m no Baer fanboy, but I’ve run this gun pretty hard and it has never let me down. For the money he builds a hell of a gun.
Let’s look at it, shall we?

All laid out and clean after I douched it for an hour with WD-40 over the trash can.

Top End.

Top End Right Side.






The slide racks nice and smooth now...
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:42 PM
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Part II

I told you there would be a lot of pictures…

The Barrel lugs still look great.

The feet look good but I’ll likely get a new slide .200” stop fitted since the stocker measures out at .190” so the slide sits a teeny bit fwd of the frame.

Not bad from this end.


Many a boolay has made this journey…

That's a Slide Stop (in case you’re a Glock person).

Ejector looks A – OK.

Left Rail.

Top Shot.

Left Side.

Bullet P.O.V.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:43 PM
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Part III

Cool Frame shot.

Brass Grabber Hook.



Fire Control Group.



Safety First!


Nice Beaver!

Back Side.


Math:
A few people have asked me how much money I’ve spent on ammo, to include my lovely wife. She asks that a lot...

I broke it down and showed my work so blr can check it…

Ok, the math…I went conservative with 10% factory and 90% reloads at 2007 prices since I had a LOT of stuff on hand.

- 27,000 rounds of 200gr ammunition (LSWC, RNFP).
27k X 200 / 7000 grains per pound = 771lbs

- 3,000 rounds of 230gr ammunition.
3k X 230 / 7000 grains per pound = 98lbs

Total: 869 pounds of bullets through the pistol at a cost of $4980.
Hopefully my skills improved a little…

Future Plans:
I’ll send it into Alchemy Custom for a once over and to fit a couple extractors and take a look at the barrel link and slide stop.
Then keep shooting it.
In the meantime, I’ve shifted my focus to my Custom Carry…
All back together and ready for more after replacing the recoil spring, FP spring and mainspring.


I love this gun and while I have a bunch of 1911s, this is my favorite.

Like a nose full of sandy, crusty booger, I must pick - and I pick the TRS!

It’s been a long post, so thanks for looking and keep shooting!!
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:51 PM
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:55 PM
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This is the best post I have seen in any forum in a long time, and even better, it is from a hard core 1911 aficionado.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:06 PM
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Holy manure, this is awesome.

Dare I ask...when it goes to ACW is a refinish a consideration?
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:08 PM
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Holy manure, this is awesome.

Dare I ask...when it goes to ACW is a refinish a consideration?
Thanks.

And no refinish. It hasn't rusted at all and I need more ammo!

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Old 03-21-2014, 09:23 PM
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Truly badass my friend, great report!
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:30 PM
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:07 PM
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Yeah this is probably the best thread in a long time. You almost got me talked into a TRS. :-) Awesome post.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:06 PM
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That TRS has to be the most favorite and famous Les Baer on the internet. Excellent post Matt.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:34 PM
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Awesome post and pics! A gun such as this is what every serious 1911 owner should hope to make his into...an intimately familiar piece through lots of ammo and time spent shooting it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:55 PM
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I must say I have followed this gun since 2009 ish and it is the reason I bought my Baer. I tip my hat to you sir.
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:31 AM
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Fantastic pics Matt!!!

Congratz on hitting the 30k round milestone! We REALLY appreciate your posts with the humor and insight into this wonderful little pistol. I know that I live vicariously thru these posts! LOL!

Now that I think of it...I kinda miss my PII while it's being worked on over at Alchemy.

Keep up posted with the progress with the TRS at Alchemy too! (We know you will!).

Happy shooting and be safe!
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:33 AM
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Great post, good to see you're shooting it and not leaving it all shiny and new in the safe.
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:35 AM
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Question for you Matt-Why the WD-40 as opposed to Hoppes or Ballistol or just about anything else? Is this just something you use when you detail strip or ??? Just curious.

Thanks bud!
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:31 AM
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I love seeing a guy run the gun and actually use it. Bravo. It is even more worn than my STI, a well worn blued gun is surely a thing of beauty
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:36 AM
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Question for you Matt-Why the WD-40 as opposed to Hoppes or Ballistol or just about anything else? Is this just something you use when you detail strip or ??? Just curious.

Thanks bud!
I generally use Hoppes...WD-40 this time around because I hadn't cleaned it in 2700 rds and it was disgusting.

I literally had to scoop out the gunk with Q Tips and a brush.

Started off like this:


Once I realized the challenges ahead (and didn't want to go to work on a day off to use the solvent tank) it ended like this:




Needless to say I had to get the trash emptied before the wife got home from the gym!

I still need to call LBC about my refinish under warranty
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:47 AM
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Brave man doing all that on carpet .
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:58 AM
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I noticed that too. Dinning room table and white carpet. Tsk, tsk.
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:03 AM
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Something tells me that that is a 1911 that will be going for a long, long time. It keeps getting more character too which is nice. Thanks for posting the pics and story.
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:22 AM
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i've said it before and will say it again. That's the sexiest 1911 ever. just looks like they are supposed to. Glad it's still running well and keeping the groups tight.

I made the mistake of finding out what I spent in ammo once. I used to think a $500 gun was expensive... Considering that little guy has had something like $4k of ammo through it (at 2006 prices! it adds up quick. Easy to blast $200 worth at a single 3 gun match.
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:50 AM
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Another great post, Matt! This is the definitive answer to those who question the durability of a Baer.

I need to let you know that I'll never let my wife know how much your ammo cost...or what I've spent on mine. If she knew it would be nothing but dry firing from here on out. Spending has never been one of her "Dutchly (?)" virtues.

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Old 03-22-2014, 11:11 AM
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Fantastic post, USMC 0802! Great pix and even better commentary.
Congratulations on passing by that milestone! Your TRS looks great.

You may want to rethink the detail strip...in the house...on the WHITE carpeting. You are seriously pushin' your luck there.
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:18 AM
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Outstanding!! Thanks for the excellent report Matt!
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