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Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Cop_Out, Mar 22, 2019.
I was just wondering if galling is still a problem in stainless 1911s?
I never hear about it.
I have multiple Colts and DW's with nary a problem. The issue was sorted out very quickly.
Never had that issue with my valor. I do run it with more oil than I do non stainless pistols.
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I’ve had many SS builds go out the door of my shop and haven’t had any issues yet. The SS materials are much different today than they were in the past.
I bought my Valor in 2012. DW had problems with galling shortly thereafter but they seem to have it sorted out long ago now. Glad I missed it.
Aside from the occasional isolated incident, galling issues were solved in the first couple of years of stainless steel 1911 production, back in the late '70s/early '80s.
All depends on the tolerances you are trying to fit the slide and frame to when you build the gun. For example, when we build all carbon guns we fit the side to side of the slide to frame at .0002". But when we do a two tone or stainless on stainless we have to fit to a tolerance of .0005" or the slide and frame will gall together.
Actually no. In the early days of SS 1911s, gawling was a problem with at least two of the original makers, Colt being one.
My stainless steel trp doesn't have galling problems
My CCC has no galling; Colt held it’s slide to frame fit at .5”
It still happens occasionally w/one manufacturer, read about one fairly recently. For the most part it's a non issue and appears pretty random even when following the manufacturers recommended break-in.
It happened to me a few years ago, it'll change your perception of a number of things if it happens but at the end of the day it's not the end of the world. I do however steer clear of said manufacturer, not because I believe the products are bad, they aren't. I just don't have any desire to revisit the whole 'scene', there are plenty of other great guns out there.
I used to think SS 1911's were pretty cool, now I'm not really a fan and actually think blue or coated ones are prettier but for some reason I still like hard chrome. Probably because I know better now, SS isn't the best steel for a precision 1911 if that's what you're after.
I’m curious for the details and the rest of this story!
TOOS has regular reports of Dan Wessons galling.
My uneducated guess was that so many folks freaked over the slightest amount of play in the slide to frame fit on their 1911's that some of the manufacturers tightened the tolerances to the point of galling. Stainless galls quicker and easier than steel.
I think the manufacturers adjusted their tolerances since then and the problem is going away. And all of this is a guess.
Ha, I’ve been calling it TOS without even thinking lol. Just now caught it lol
Yea, one of the King mod’s will Always comment about his 91’ Colt & how he wouldn’t buy today’s products but he’s hasn’t seen any new production firsthand lol.
Thanks very much for everyone's input!
There used to be regular reports of DWs galling this doesn’t seem to really be an issue anymore. See one once or twice a year now a days that I have seen. In 2014-2015 they had known galling issues in the all stainless models. It seems to be all but gone at this point.
Only with people bent on seeing how long they can go without cleaning or oiling their gun