OnVacation Posted August 29, 2022 Share Posted August 29, 2022 Seems as though welding up barrel feet (and hoods) has become less common as aftermarket barrel quality has increased over the last two decades or so and prices have come down. Still, seems like welding up feet is a quick easy way to improve lockup for someone with the requisite talent with a torch, and saves money for those of us tinkering in our spare time. I know the laser welding is the new hotness but requires sending my barrel off, and is just outsourcing the work I'd rather learn to do myself. I've got a few older 1911s I'd like to tighten up without investing in new barrels. I've replaced the bushings but still have a fair amount of play at the hood (vertical) that I think could be alleviated by recutting the feet. I'm decent with a mig torch and thinking of getting an old cheap barrel to practice on (i dont have a tig torch... yet...). Any good resources or tips to ease the learning curve for this job? I've heard of people soldering on shim stock as well, is this a better route? If so what kind of jig setup are people using to get a good joint? I've tried researching here and several places but can't find much more information than just to try it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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