The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide by: Walt Kuleck, Drake Oldham
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The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide is a companion volume to the author's The M1911 Complete Owner's Guide. Coached by pistolsmith Drake Oldham, the author and two "advanced amateurs" show how to assemble and upgrade the M1911. Lavishly illustrated, The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide is far more than a traditional "how-to" book. Based on the experiences of a diversified build team, the TIPS, TRICKS, and PITFALLS characteristic of Walt Kuleck's previous Complete Assembly Guides are more wide-ranging and encompassing than ever. The team discovered on their journey toward understanding that many more "situations" arose than would have been the case if the author had been building a pistol "for the Guide" by himself. They share their experiences-including their missteps-as they build their pistols.
The efforts of the team have produced a unique assembly and upgrade guide for the M1911; there's never been a guide like this, indeed, there's never been a gun book like this! We've done our best to create a valuable resource for the first-time, and second-time, and third-time-and based on the team's experience using The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide, even twentieth-time-1911 builder. Come and join The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide team as we take a jumble of parts and build pistols of which to be proud. With this book in hand, you can, too.
The Assembly Guide started with an e-mail from a reader of The AR-15 Complete Owner's Guide. The correspondent expressed his appreciation for the AR-15 Guide and how the Guide has served as a resource for the assembly of more than twenty AR-15s--by him, his brother, and their friends. He then asked when a similar Assembly Guide for the M1911 might be forthcoming.
As far as it goes, the e-mail was something of a routine communication often received by authors, except for one detail: the correspondent is a resident of the same small city in which your author resides. A luncheon was soon arranged, then another, and at the third, a plot was hatched. The correspondent, Greg King, and his brother, Eric, were eager to participate in the project to create The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide. Their interest and enthusiasm led the brothers to organize a well-equipped work space with ample room for four builders to work on pistols. This is where the Guide was born.
The alert reader will note that the author and two brothers add up to three, not four, builders. The team was rounded out by a friend of the author: police officer, trainer, and up-and-coming pistolsmith Drake Oldham. The author met Drake at Larry Vickers' pistolsmith course; from that serendipity, a collegial relationship began to develop. Drake is what one might call a 'practical perfectionist.' He understands the difference between perfection for performance, and perfection for its own sake. Drake recognizes that the 'advanced novice' for whom this book is written needs to know why he or she is performing a process or executing a procedure, not merely how to do it.
While the benefits for each of the team may be obvious, that is, having the opportunity to craft his own custom pistol (in the case of Eric, two pistols, one for his charming significant other, Lark) with expert guidance, the benefits for you, the reader, of the team's collaboration may not be so evident. What the team discovered on their journey toward understanding was that many more 'situations' arose than would have been the case if the author had been building a pistol 'for the Guide' by himself. Consequently, thanks to the experiences of the team, the TIPS, TRICKS, and PITFALLS characteristic of the previous Assembly Guides are more wide-ranging and encompassing than ever. As the author is fond of saying, "Experience is the best teacher--but other people''s experience carries the lowest tuition!"
As a bonus, the Guide includes the report on a series of Drop Tests performed by Drake's Gun Works and the book team. The result of these tests shocked the us; the new data from these tests is sure to rekindle the ongoing convtroversy about firing pin safeties.
The Assembly Guide goes far beyond the military manuals in both scope and depth. It's a 'must have' for every M1911 owner! The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide is 6" x 9", is Perfect bound with a laminated soft cover, and has 257 pages and over 400 photographs.
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- Width: 6 inches
- Height: 9 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 1.38 pounds