Which 1911 barrel?

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Firedude, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Firedude

    Firedude Active Member

    Sep 30, 2018
    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.
  2. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    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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  3. mtodd

    mtodd 1911 lover Supporting Addict

    Oct 8, 2012
  4. pscipio03

    pscipio03 Fun O' Meter on FULL

    Mar 11, 2013
    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.
  5. dtelston

    dtelston Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2012
    Bar-Sto or Kart are the golden ticket here.
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  6. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith

    Sep 11, 2011
    The only barrels I use are Kart. Weigh that however you want.
  7. 1911 dawg

    1911 dawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2018
  8. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    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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  9. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    Kart. Have a gunsmith fit it if you haven't done it a lot of times. Try @Joe C above.
  10. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    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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  11. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
  12. mbacker_99

    mbacker_99 Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2017
    Fresh shipment from Kart, NM spec. I love the smell of the oil these are shipped in.

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  13. mbacker_99

    mbacker_99 Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2017
    For stainless , Barsto is an excellent choice.

  14. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 22, 2017
    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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  15. theJanitor

    theJanitor Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    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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  16. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    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

  17. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    BANNED just for that??? LOL

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  18. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    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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  19. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 22, 2017
    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.
  20. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    Then..... crickets :p
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