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Old 03-03-2011, 12:52 PM   #11
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Sir ...Can't help but wonder , Who all is livein' out of the early bunch, I know Weaver died awhile back

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Old 03-05-2011, 01:02 PM   #12
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Dane:

Thanks for the prompt reply. The pistol is what I woul like to call a Conservative rendition of the modern combat pistol.

It has some unusual milling inside of the slide, apparently to lighten it. Should I follow any special precautions as a result?

Keith
I believe those cuts were done by Colt to lighten the slide of their Commander model because it was designed to be a carry gun. If you don't run a 100,000 rounds thru it, it shoud be just fine.
 
Old 03-08-2011, 09:43 AM   #13
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I just picked-up a Cobra Derringer with a trigger pull of a measured 50 pounds. Do any of you have experance taking this thing apart? If so, I would appreciate a heads up. I have visions of parts flying everyware once I remove the hammer pin.
 
 
Old 03-08-2011, 01:23 PM   #14
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Sir ...Can't help but wonder , Who all is livein' out of the early bunch, I know Weaver died awhile back

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I had the privelge of shooting with Ray Chapman, Al Nichols and Micky Fowler way back in my youth. I wonder where they are now?
 
Old 06-12-2011, 03:42 PM   #15
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Hi Tom,

No intentional disrespect here. I wrote what I was told by Craig. No dog in the fight just trying to get the facts down in print and in a public forum so the facts would be known. Much of what has been in the recent gun rags has obviously used my original material published here as reference or just copied it. All of my Pachmayr info was written I think between 2001/2004.

I sold the Pistolsmth forum in early 2010. A friend sent me this link or I wouldn't be here now.

Please take the time to clarify what I have wrong in the original commentary.
I surely won't be offended.

"but the idea and completion of the Pachmeyr Specials goes to to Tom Dornhaus and Craig Wetstein....the gun design (Dornhaus) and the guy who made most of them (Wetstein). Wetstein went on to duplicate and IMO better those guns in his shop in the early 80, The Auto Shop, of Culver City Ca." (I've seen and shot several of both...just my take on it)

Craig was kind enough to send me copies of the original invoices from Pachmayr on many of the guns that went out to the more famous shooters that were known to have owned a PCS. I have them with a bunch of original material Austin send me just before he died and some of Swenson's material from Irene.

My intent was to document the fact that it was you and Craig that deserved the credit for building the original guns, no one else, no matter what has been credited else where more recently.

I've not stayed in touch with Craig but hopefully you can take the time to set the story straight once and for all as to who really does deserve the credit for "THE first modern" 1911.

Well my thought to the first anyway. I think it was your original design work. Obvious that you also had a huge influence (which Craig quickly gave you credit for in our conversations) on Craig's frist work and his later work @ the Auto Shop.

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Dane

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Old 06-12-2011, 07:55 PM   #16
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Hey Dane....Good to see You back on here....My mentor and close friend Bob Talton used to keep up with how the West Coast Hands were buildin 1911s in the 60s/70s, Bob was a great trap and skeet shooter , I learned the Brownin Superposed from Him , His ideas on 1911s and Remmy 700s....he often mentioned a Tom Dornhaus and more often Pachmeyr...Bob and what He knew about shotguns and His shootin coachin let Me run with the big boys LIVE PIGEON shootin...I shot a Winchester 101 over/under against everything from the superposed to Praszis , custom build English shotguns, Spanish and Italian and won My share of the money....

Maybe Mr Dornhaus will set the story straight .....We all know the damage the gunhacks and gun rags can do

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These two photos my help illustrate what Colt did to lighten the slides on Combat Commander Lightweights:


Front slide is from a Combat Commander; back slide is from a Combat Commander Lightweight.


Right slide is the Combat Commander, the left, the lightweight
 
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