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...from a Pawn Shop in Ocala, Florida...
...to seek revenge on its horrible construction and fitting.

Raise your hand if you're familiar with the 1980's Auto Ordnance 1911. Back when the company was still owned by Auto Ordnance, and the guns were made in West Hurley, NY. At least some of you? OK, good.

The only 1911 with a worse reputation is the AMT hardballer.

This is a story of resurrection of this zombie monstrosity.



The slide stop was too long, and peened into the ejector when cycling.

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After flushing:



The barrel throat was a bubba-fied disaster and the barrel ramp overhung the barrel bed and over the feed ramp.

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Recutting the barrel ramp to eliminate overhang, recutting barrel throat:




After cleaning and polishing throat, ramp and frame feed ramp:



The back of the lower lugs was not perfectly orthogonal to the length of the bore. They were carefully squared up using a ******* flat file wrapped in sandpaper.

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After:

 

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The original breechface had an incorrect cut: a flat angle. This was beyond my skill level or tool set to fix. This where Chuck Warner was incredibly gracious and offered to participate in this disaster. He recut the breechface and blackened the slide. He also recut dovetails in the top of the slide for new GI-style sights, and then blackened everything!. It was like Christmas.

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After, with dovetails. The bright marks on the blackening are where bubba had welded the old front blade on, and they wouldn't take blue or blackening.





The ignition system was a NIGHTMARE. Unsafe is an understatement. The gun would fire dropping the slide on a full magazine.

Bubba had absolutely destroyed the hammer hooks to the point were only one hook would engage with the sear nose when cocked. Note the blatant file marks under the full cock hooks.




The hammer and sear were replaced with a Harrison Design Bullseye spur hammer and a Warner true radius sear.



I had to carefully file the thumb safety stud to proper clearance and sear engagement, since the stud was actually too big for the new hammer and sear.

The recoil spring was replaced with Wolff 16#, then the firing pin spring was replace with a Wolf extra power. The extractor was pretty beat up, and had failures to extract despite re-tensioning, so it was replaced with an Evolution Gun Works extractor.

The rear sight became a Harrison GI-style, which I LOVE.

I think that about wraps it up. A few thousand rounds later, there have ben ZERO, count em, ZERO, ZIP, NADA failures. Hollowpoints, LSWC, FMJ, nothing fails. The gun is safe, reliable. Now it's time to play fine tuning.
 

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The barrel was surplus, or manufactured barely in spec. One of the two. Normal barrels have a significant larger OD than .568" at the muzzle. This barrel is exactly .568" at the muzzle and got wider as it moved back. This is ass-backward.

I protected the front 3/4" with electrical tape wrapping, then slowly turned the rest of the barrel OD diameter down to 0.568"

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Barrel turned down:





No material was removed from the radial lugs, despite appearances, they were just given a high polish.
 

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I put some SERIOUS time, patience and work into cutting a completely fresh muzzle crown.

She started out with an Appalachian meth head's grill:



And after a lot of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, this is the muzzle I have now:




Some of the gouges will obviously never go away on the muzzle face, they are too deep to de-burr from years of abuse by a bubba. All that matters is the where the rifling ends is clean, free and clear of them.

And that crown was cut using a round-head brass bolt from a toilet tank to bowl kit, chucked up to a hand drill and embedded with polishing compound.
 

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Bubba-licious turned wonderful, again. Nicely done.

What was the original purchase price of the bubba'ed example, when you got it (if you're willing)?
 

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It speaks for the genius of J.M.Browning & your understanding of its workings. I was wondering what you were gonna' do with that brazed front sight in the first photo. This proves that you CAN (with skill & patience) turn a sows ear into a silk purse. Pretty nice crown on that barrel too. How does it shoot? Well done Chris.
 
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Ignore the old worn out sear spring, it's being replaced ASAP, but the sear legs, trigger bow/stirrup, disconnector pad and sear/disco pin were all polished to mirror.

 

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Thanks folks!

It speaks for the genius of J.M.Browning & your understanding of its workings. I was wondering what you were gonna' do with that brazed front sight in the first photo. This proves that you CAN (with skill & patience) turn a sows ear into a silk purse. Pretty nice crown on that barrel too. How does it shoot? Well done Chris.
ghost, the last time I shot it was after the work done in post #2, basically functionally reliability and new ignition system with true radius sear:



That was probably at 14 yards.
 

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Thanks folks!



ghost, the last time I shot it was after the work done in post #2, basically functionally reliability and new ignition system with true radius sear:



That was probably at 14 yards.
Great work! Really good job on polishing might I add.
 

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Very nicely done, great job.
 

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Thanks again everyone!

Bubba also had a longer link that was necessary, falling for the old myth thinking vertical lug engagement is the most important play in the game. In reality, it forces the lower lugs to "float", with the barrel riding the link when in battery. Instead, the lugs should resting firmly on the slide stop cross pin while ALSO maximizing vertical lug engagement. The ONLY thing the link is for in the original Browning design is to guide the radial lugs and the back of the barrel/chamber DOWN as the barrel moves back after firing: down and out of the way of the slide recoiling. I'm in the process of making the lower lugs mate better with the slide stop crosspin. I have a link set coming from EGW.

I also have a .701" OD, .568" ID barrel bushing coming from EGW as well.

She also needs a new safety plunger detent assembly, and obviously the sear spring.
 

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I really enjoyed following your work on this Chris; interesting resurrection and fantastic work. Congrats.
 

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WOW! to the work done and how terrifying that thing looked.

You sure did bring her on back. If you don't mind answering, how much time and money went into this project over all?
 
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Wow! Looks like you turned chainsaw art into a working piece of machinery. Nicely done. :35:
 
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