Author Topic: 1911 slide locking lugs.....?  (Read 3420 times)

Offline jer7440

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1911 slide locking lugs.....?
« on: January 23, 2013, 05:31:53 AM »
I'm working my way through a 1911 slide, but I have yet to figure out how to the locking lugs.  I've been thinking about cutting them on a lathe with a boring bar type set up.  I also wondered about cutting slots, with my wire edm, that would go all the way through the top of the slide.  This would create the lugs, but I wonder if it will be strong enough.  Do any of you have thoughts about this strategy?

Thanks!
Jeremy

Offline luv2ride

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Re: 1911 slide locking lugs.....?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 07:16:55 AM »
If fitted right and tight, the upper lugs take a beating on a 1911.
I know guys who won't take a flat top too far down for fear of leaving too little strength in the lugs.
On that I would say I wouldn't try it.

If you do decide to, I'm all about testing within limits, let us know but I bet you would see deformation if the slide rather quickly.

Offline jer7440

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Re: 1911 slide locking lugs.....?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 07:19:14 AM »
Luv2ride,

Thanks for the response.  I had a feeling this would be the answer.  I guess I'll go to  plan B :-\

Offline Zahnrad Kopf

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Re: 1911 slide locking lugs.....?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013, 11:11:50 PM »
I've heard of people saying that they use a keyway cutting tool. In the past I've made my own tool of similar cutting geometry, but much longer shank. These days I use a PH Horn grooving tool but modify the inserts myself.