Q: As I have grown older,
I can't make out a sight picture as sharply as I once could. What kind of sights
A: High definition sights would be of benefit. That is, a
larger rear sight notch relative to the front blade width, giving wider "light
bars" at the sides of the front blade picture.
Q: What can be done
to a pistol to allow a magazine to be seated faster?
A: A lighter
magazine catch spring for openers. Then you could decide whether you want the
bottom of the grip frame milled in a taper for faster magazine insertion. Or,
you could add a Smith and Alexander magazine well.
Q: I'm having
trouble racking my slide with a heavier recoil spring installed. What is the
A: Have frontal grasping grooves cut on your slide.
I've noticed that my .45 acp brass varies in length. Obviously, this
creates a headspace problem that results in larger groups. Do I have to trim all
of my brass to the same length to solve this problem?
A: If you
handload for your .45, and you use a 200 grain plated swc, like the Rainier, you
set the headspace from the semi-wadcutter shoulder to the slide face by having
an appropriate throat cut ahead of the chamber. Using the swc shoulder as your
point of positioning, headspace will be absolutely uniform, provided you do not
change the die setting.
Q: What is the exact reason for bullet
dispersion horizontally and vertically when firing from a machine
A: Aside from the obvious necessity for seating the grip frame
firmly in the rubber clamp of the machine and preventing any movement by
securely clamping the machine rest to the shooting bench, horizontal dispersion
is caused by a bad barrel hood fit and vertical dispersion is a result of a
Q: When I recently allowed another shooter to fire
my 1911 pistol on the range, he had a double fire in very rapid succession,
ending with the pistol firing the second shot over the top of the berm. What
could cause this problem?
A: Gripping the pistol too loosely and not
locking the wrist, elbow and shoulder joints. The pistol actually recoils into
the flesh of the shooting hand and recoils , then bounces back, tripping the
trigger for another quick shot. A bit of coaching will usually clear up the
double bump problem in a relatively new pistol shooter.
Q: I have
inherited a fairly large quantity of .45 acp ammunition and 9mm Luger
ammunition. The .45 is headstamped FA 39 and FA 40. The 9X19 ammo has a green
case and the bullet is painted black. Are these safe to fire in my series 70
A: The FA .45's are corrosive and would require a very thorough
cleaning after firing, preferably with one of the older bore cleaners designed
to neutralize chlorate residue. The Luger ammo is a German WW-II expedient with
steel cases and sintered iron projectiles. Firing these would result in damage.
I would advise selling all of your inherited ammo to cartridge collectors,
rather than firing it.
Q: I'm thinking of having my Series 70 Colt
ejection port lowered and faired like the Gold Cup. What is the actual purpose
of the fairing?
A: According to the literature I received with my 1957
Gold Cup (SN 896) the fairing was designed to allow steel cases to clear the
port without jamming, since they eject at a different point than brass cases. A
case in point would be cartridges with aluminum or steel cases, since neither of
these metals expand and contract exactly like brass cases.
are the parts on a Luger straw colored? Can this be duplicated
A: They are heat treated in a very precise furnace atmosphere. I
finish every Luger refinish by strawing the appropriate parts.