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10 Days of Pro Tips

Discussion in 'Chambers Custom Pistols - Obsessibly™ Accurate, Re' started by Joe C, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    In celebration of my upcoming birthday in 10 days on the 15th, I bring you 10 days of pro tips from Chambers Custom Pistols as a gift to you. Hopefully you will find these tips I've learned over the years helpful and if not helpful, perhaps humorous...

    Pro Tip #1:
    Want to prevent looking like an ignoramus when you post pics of your 1911 on the interwebs showing the vaunted and loathed idiot scratch on your 1911? It's pretty simple really. Buy a Pachmyer Widget Tool and always install your thumb safety after you install the slide stop. No, really, it is just that easy. You see, the thumb safety applies pressure to the plunger tube assembly which applies pressure to the slide stop. If there is no pressure on the slide stop from the plunger assembly you would have to be a REAL idiot to scratch the frame. Yes, it really is just that simple.

    Pro Tip #2:
    In my experience, the vast majority of factory, semi-custom and even many custom guns do not have their chambers properly finish reamed. If you want the gun to function correctly the barrel must be finish reamed to the proper depth and diameter. Over the years I have fixed countless guns that were malfunctioning by simply finish reaming and polishing the chamber properly. If you can't do it yourself, find someone who can do it for you properly. Often times it will make a world of difference.

    Pro Tip #3:
    Bushing comps are dumb, there, I said it. A compensator does very little, if anything, on a gun chambered in .45 Auto. Secondly, If the through hole is .45 caliber and you are using it on a 9mm or other smaller round you loose nearly all of the advantages of a comp immediately. Plus they increase your gun length unnecessarily. If you have problems with recoil try adjusting the spring set up in your gun for the ammo which you desire to shoot. For example, all full size 1911's in .45 that I build come standard with a 23# mainspring and 18-18.5# recoil spring. This allows the shooter to enjoy hot ammo as well as soft ammo with limited muzzle flip, among other mechanical advantages. But at the same time it doesn't look dumb like a bushing comp and it isn't too difficult to rack the slide like with a small base firing pin stop.

    Pro Tip #4

    Barrel bump is real and does affect the function and accuracy of your 1911 style pistol. It is rare that I see a stock, semi-custom or high end one man shop custom 1911 that does not have barrel bump. Yes, even some of the biggest named shops apparently either don't know what it is, don't know how to get rid of it, or don't give a flying fishstick flip about barrel bump. The truth of the matter though is that eventually, hopefully before something breaks, your gun will beat itself into submission. And all the while you will get to enjoy inaccuracy and functioning problems while it "auto adjusts". So maybe it doesn't really matter...just matters a lot.

    Pro Tip#5:

    Earl, lube, snake snot, The Juice, oil, go fluid, smoother upper, Eds Red, many names for basically the same thing. Over the past 10 years I've literally tried dozens of makes, mixtures and formulas. I always come back to one for the purpose of lubricating the barrel, slide, bushing, cone areas of my custom built 1911's...MFR-7. It just plain works. Hot or cold, clean or dirty, muddy or dusty, MFR-7 oil has never let me down. Many oils may work and there are a few others out there that I like as a second or third choice but now you know what and why this one oil always has a place on my bench.

    Pro Tip #6:
    There are a lot of issues that must be considered when fitting a new trigger to a 1911. But since we sell so many of them I thought I'd share this tidbit with you. When fitting a new trigger that is oversized it is best, in my opinion and experience, to take metal from the top of the shoe until the trigger fits the frame in that area. Of course you have to make sure the bow fits the frame first by placing the trigger in the frame backwards. Also, it is necessary to bevel the top and bottom edges of said shoe if you want to ensure there is no interference from the corners. A properly fit trigger should have no noticeable vertical play in the shoe or bow when installed.

    Pro Tip #7:

    My BIL says I need to address gun cleanliness, so here goes. It has been my experience that it doesn't really matter how often you clean your gun if you keep it well lubed. Depending on the gun, ammo, mags, lube, heat, color of your eyes, size of your shoes, temperature of the surface of mars or how soon the sun will flame out, your gun may or may not choose to malfunction at the wrong time. But keeping it clean, well it does help. I've seen guns like the Dirty Baer that had 5000 rounds through them run like a top. I've seen stock polymer guns freshly lubed and cleaned fail on the first mag. The bottom line is, you do you. Most of my client friends choose to keep their guns fairly clean, well lubed, and they shoot a lot. They find that shooting regularly continues to prove to them that the gun is functioning properly and won't let them down in a time of real need.

    Pro Tip #8:

    Have a shop dog. There are many reasons to have a shop dog. But one of my favorites is they provide you much needed breaks. Many times during the day, after I have been working tirelessly at the bench for hours on end, my shop dog Boss will amble over and tell me that he desires to go outside. Sometimes it's for a quick walk, others (like tonight) it is because he wants to attempt to rip my arm off my body practicing his bite work. Regardless of the reason for his interruption it is always a good reason to stand up, stretch the legs, relax the eyes and take a short break. And the added benefit is he is always there with a nuzzle, hug, fur snuggle, slobber or soft look to make you feel happy.

    Pro Tip #9:

    Trigger pull/break on a 1911 may be one of the most subjective things ever discussed. Some like the pull/break to be like a "glass rod" others prefer a long roll (not to be confused with creep). And then there are those of us in between. After doing triggers for some of the most discerning target shooters in the world for the past 10 years I've developed some opinions and conclusions based on my clients desires and performance.

    There are a very few shooters out there that can and have capitalized on extremely crisp or long roll triggers, they are not the norm and they are usually at the very top of the pack in competition. My opinion of why it works for them is because they have spent countless hours with that particular style trigger pull mastering the benefits for themselves. However, the vast majority of shooters benefit most from a trigger with a very short amount of roll before the sear releases the hammer. This allows the mind to focus on the front sight or dot without being distracted by when or if the trigger is going to break. Thus better accuracy is achieved by the shooter.

    For that reason, most of the trigger pulls I put on guns fall in the short to medium roll range of feel.

    Pro Tip #10:

    First of all I want to say thank you all for following on with this thread. When I started it I had no idea it would be this popular, but I'm glad you all have enjoyed it. Secondly, thank you all for the kind birthday wishes. It was a pretty decent day all in all. Lastly, here is the #10 Pro Tip...If you are going to build a gun or replace parts yourself...

    Never skimp on parts quality. There are "quality" parts, and there is parts quality. And the two are certainly not synonymous. Be careful of the parts you choose and make sure they are the best you can afford, not the most expensive with the most popular big name.

    Avoid gimmicks, fads, or johnny come lately products that promise you they are the best in the world without ever having been really tested. Look at the list of parts guys like me use, and use them. Makers like Kart, Greider, Caspian, Extreme Eng., KenSight, Challis, and S&A have been making quality parts for guys like me a long time and typically know what's up. Don't settle for parts that have this name or that because you think they are the best...use the best.

    And when you are in doubt, contact several guys like myself and ask us what we think then take the consensus. Some of us have seen a lot and will tell you right up front, albeit privately, what does and doesn't work and why we do or do not use certain things. This can and will save you a lot of money, pain and aggravation down the road. After all, there is a reason I in particular use what I use in my guns.

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2017
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  2. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012

  3. salelcid

    salelcid Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Nov 28, 2015
    Thanks and look forward to reading all the tips.

    And hope you have a Great Birthday!
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  4. sparky.0

    sparky.0 Dry heat... yea right Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    Signed up for this one... legend style sticky!
    Happy Birthday Joe!
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  5. Bro. Pappaw

    Bro. Pappaw Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 18, 2016
  6. wheelieg

    wheelieg Christ is my front sight.

    Apr 29, 2016
    Thank you for doing this. It really is much appreciated. Happy birthday as well!
  7. CT Specialist

    CT Specialist Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Nov 15, 2017
  8. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Following along, Joe! Some of the best advise I received long ago was "listen fast and talk slow." I'm listening.

    Happy Birthday!
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  9. Badabing11

    Badabing11 I gotta have more cowbell

    Sep 6, 2015
    Watching for future edification
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  10. jakebrake

    jakebrake middle aged white guy Supporting Addict

    Mar 27, 2013
    Watching like a hawk
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  11. Joni Lynn

    Joni Lynn Professional Pest, NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Dec 21, 2014
    Thank you for starting a great thread.
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  12. william adams

    william adams Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    First, Happy Birthday Joe.

    Second, thanks for the "gift" to us. Very good of you.
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  13. FWoo45

    FWoo45 The whole world is about three drinks behind. Supporting Addict

    Jan 13, 2017
    Tagged! Thanks Joe and happy birthday.
  14. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 3, 2015
    happy BD
    thanks for this thread

    when I first started stripping my 1911s, I used a small piece of cardboard or a playing card placed carefully below the idiot scratch zone. after I lined up the slide stop and pushe d it in a bit, I pulled the card..done deal
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  15. crayj46

    crayj46 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 12, 2017
    Happy Pre Birfday!
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  16. Sneaky One

    Sneaky One Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 14, 2016
    Happy birthday Joe. In the words of Ross Perot, I'm all ears !
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  17. Bugs

    Bugs Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Oct 19, 2011
    Happy Birthday Chuck. ;)
  18. Weiker

    Weiker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 30, 2015
    Thank you . an old man told me God gave 1 mouth and 2 ears so we could listen more than we speak. i'm listening. Happy Birthday
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  19. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire Supporting Addict

    Apr 12, 2016
    I will try to be teachable....
    I see 10 days of "oops,too late" for me:oops:
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  20. mikemac

    mikemac Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Apr 22, 2017
    I am in. Knowledge, knowledge=better and better. Thank you for doing this.
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