Danny Dremel's Masterpiece
Ladies and gentlemen, for your viewing
This first photo demonstrates what you are likely to see when you open the chamber of Danny Dremel's 1911 at the local gun show. The frame ramp is very purty, with a mirror finish. The problem is the curvature of the upper aspect of the frame ramp, known as the bridge. The feedramp must have an angle of 31-31.5 degrees, with a minimum .360" vertical ramp height with no blending at the bridge.
These measurements are coming from Chuck himself, an accomplished, nationally recognized 1911 gunsmith, who has the enduring respect of his peers and all in the gunsmithing community. Chances are, Danny Dremel had a grinding wheel and a felt bob on a rotary tool and a dimly lit bulb above his head.
The frame that Danny experimented on is ruined. Repair of this frame would require welding up and recutting the feedramp. Alternatives include inletting the frame for a ramped barrel, or replacement of the frame altogether. Purchasing such a disaster at a gun show will guarantee that you own a semi-auto pistol that will not feed any type of ammunition attempted. The costs of repairing such a 1911 are so prohibitive that such a pistol must be avoided from the outset. This is why any used 1911 should have this area checked prior to purchase. Danny Dremel's first cousin once removed, Buffin' Bubba is known to do similar work when his blood alcohol content exceeds an RC cola with peanuts stuffed inside.
In the photo to the left, Danny's forays into metal removal is even more evident. Danny has effectively turned a 1911 into a time bomb. He has removed so much metal from the barrel's feed ramp that case head separation of the cartridge in the chamber is inevitable. Of course, Danny had to do this, so the barrel's feed ramp will blend nicely into the frame's feed ramp. What Danny and Bubba do not understand is that the barrel's feedramp is not a feedramp. It is a clearance. Polishing this area will not enhance feeding. Removal of metal will remove case head support. The result is case head separation on cartridge ignition. If the shooter is lucky, he will not be injured.
If you are ever offered a pistol with work ressembling this hack job, pass on it. Tell your friends to pass on it. There are just too many good used guns available not to.
What to look for instead......