Why does the 1911 still use grip screw bushings?

Why does the 1911 still use grip screw bushings?

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    Why does the 1911 still use grip screw bushings?

    So just about all other pistols that have grip panels seem to do fine without those pesky 1911 grip screw bushing why does the 1911 still use them??
    Yes I finally managed to strip one out and will need to get it tapped and use an oversized bushing. But seriously why the bushings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit212 View Post
    So just about all other pistols that have grip panels seem to do fine without those pesky 1911 grip screw bushing why does the 1911 still use them??
    Yes I finally managed to strip one out and will need to get it tapped and use an oversized bushing. But seriously why the bushings?
    For the stock screw bushings to be integral with the frame, it would have to be cast.
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    The use of threaded bushings is just good design practice. Grip screws get removed and reinstalled a lot, and probably get over-torqued most of the time. This would eventually wear down a threaded hole in a frame. Especially if it is an aluminum frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabill View Post
    Why mess with perfection?
    You mean the G19 has grip screw bushings too ??? Who knew ?
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    Grip screw bushing also allow you to tighten up the grip screw without wearing on the grip. Sinking it deeper over time. And provide a larger surface area for the grip panel to seat on.
    How many early 1911's do you think you would find with original wood grips if the screw head was constantly tightened against the wood and recoil was against a small screw that simply screwed into a tapped frame?
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    I had always figured the bushing was there in case an amateur DIY gunsmith stripped a grip screw or if one of the screws were to break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    If it hadn't already been invented, he would have invented sliced bread too.
    Probably canned beer, too, 'cept that's a no-no for Mormons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaedrusIV View Post
    You mean the G19 has grip screw bushings too ??? Who knew ?
    I said perfection, not plastic.
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