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I'm building a 1911 for my son. Which barrel (full size, 5", 45 ACP) would you all recommend? I've been looking at the Wilson Combat Match Grade barrel or the Ed Brown drop in Match barrel. Out of those two, the Ed Brown costs less and will probably require less fitting than the WC. I have never fitted a barrel before, so hopefully its not that big of a deal.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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If I was replacing a barrel I’d go with Kart hands down, it’s the one most of the premier smiths use for a reason.


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I'll let someone jump in here, but fitting a barrel is a big deal- from what I understand probably the hardest part. At least if you do it correctly. In order to make it 'drop-in', you're going to have to accept a ton of loose tolerances.
That said, I'd go with Kart. If that's not your flavor, BarSto would be a fall back.
 

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OP, when it comes to 1911's almost every decision is endlessly debated, caliber, manufacturer, MIM or Cast, etc - when it comes to 1911 barrels there is not much debate as you can see. Its Kart 90-95% of the time followed by Bar-sto, followed by the rest.
 

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Kart. Have a gunsmith fit it if you haven't done it a lot of times. Try @Joe C above.
 

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There is a Kart EZ Fit option available if this is your first barrel fit or don’t plan on doing more in the future and want to invest in more tools and knowledge.
 

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I'm building a 1911 for my son. Which barrel (full size, 5", 45 ACP) would you all recommend? I've been looking at the Wilson Combat Match Grade barrel or the Ed Brown drop in Match barrel. Out of those two, the Ed Brown costs less and will probably require less fitting than the WC. I have never fitted a barrel before, so hopefully its not that big of a deal.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you.
Used to use Kart, a friend at Brownells got me to try a Storm Lake for someone that wanted a less expensive (no fitting) option. I tried one and anytime this issue comes up, I go Storm Lake. I have one in my old 60s 1911A1 NM and am very happy with it. Not a BarSto, but works nicely. Not a match barrel.
 

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I like Kart's, and usually defer to the preference of the smith building the gun. He has his preferences, and should be able to tell you WHY he likes a particular barrel.

Larry Vickers told me he likes Bar-Sto, as it'll shoot EVERYTHING well. Some may be more accurate with certain loads but the Bar-Sto, was the better all-round tube
 

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I would have to say Kart as well. I asked a question about a Bar-Sto .38 Super barrel on that other place and was Banned 15 minutes later.

Now in a shorter barrel I like the Conical Schumann

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I would have to say Kart as well. I asked a question about a Bar-Sto .38 Super barrel on that other place and was Banned 15 minutes later.

Now in a shorter barrel I like the Conical Schumann

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BANNED just for that??? LOL


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Ya, well and someone posted .38 Super Dies and Brass and I jumped in the For Sale post within seconds.....Then I was Banned for asking 2 questions about the same topic in 2 Different Forum.

My Bar-Sto question was rather stupid....I asked if a .38 Super barrel could be made to work in a 9MM 1911.

Never got an answer other than You are Banned.

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I'll let someone jump in here, but fitting a barrel is a big deal- from what I understand probably the hardest part. At least if you do it correctly. In order to make it 'drop-in', you're going to have to accept a ton of loose tolerances.
That said, I'd go with Kart. If that's not your flavor, BarSto would be a fall back.
If Irv Sr. was still making the barrels, I agree. Jr. is more into Glocks. I used to recommend BarSto, but after a few problems I stopped. I'd go Clark before BarSto these days.
 
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