A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Briley Barrels

I read an interesting thread today and learned something I didn't know. lick to enlargeIt seems the barrels inthe early Smith & Wesson 1911s were made by Briley. Briley is an absolute legend when it comes to barrels. Many people who decide to upgrade the barrel in their 1911 choose a Briley barrel. Of course the SW1911 came with a solid bushing instead of Briley's famous spherical bushing. The way to tell if your SW1911 has a Briley barrel is to look at the "45 AUTO" mark on the barrel hood. If the mark is a rollmark such as mine shown here, your barrel is a Briley. If your mark is engraved or laser etched, your barrel is not a Briley.

Thanks S&W, that's one more reason for me to keep these pistols.

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Blogger Mulliga said...

Very interesting. I've heard the early Smith 1911s were practically Performance Center jobs - good parts, put together well, etc. It'll be interesting to see how the quality holds up in the long term.

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