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New barrel bushing and better feeding
« on: June 08, 2017, 11:38:45 AM »
I have a Para P16-40 I converted to 10mm many years ago.  I carried the bug as an EDC gun for 3-4 years.  I really prefer the 1911 platform, though to be honest it is because I like levers and buttons, and the 1911 has them.

I never was able to achieve the holy grail of feeding an empty brass casing from the magazine.  The gun ran fine with good mags, so this wasn't a big concern, and none of my other guns will do this either.  But I always thought it would be cool.

About 8-9 months ago I picked up an EGW match grade thick flange barrel bushing on closeout.  It was one of those add-on's that caught my eye as I was checking out at Brownells or Midway or somewhere.  It went in the parts bin for when I had some time to fit it to a gun.

Night before last I had a few minutes and decided to fit it up to my P16.  The bushing started out .005" too small and I opened it up to exactly .001" over the barrel OD.  Assembled the gun, added a spot of oil and ran the action.  Very smooth.

I happened to spot a new starline 10mm case on my desk, and thought, what the into an empty mag it went, into the gun, and when I slingshotted the slide, it went straight into the chamber.  I was floored.

Fluke.  That is what it had to be.  A complete fluke.

So I tried it again.  And again.  And again.

In fact, it worked 7 times in a row before I had to move on.  And three more times last night.

The barrel is a bit tighter when unlocked than it was before.  I guess that is making the difference.  A difference I am very happy about.


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Re: New barrel bushing and better feeding
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2017, 03:41:52 PM »
Sounds great that your slight change has made a welcomed difference... 8)
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