Update

Parts kits are moving along, I took a bunch of newly made parts to the heat treater last week.

In the meantime, I heard from a customer that kits are available on Gunbroker, here is what he said:

“Gunbroker.com sells parts kits usually called repair parts. They go up every week or so for around 100-250 dollars, I just picked up 2 sets. Just in case you would like to let people know“

It sure would be nice if my kits were ready, but alas I underestimated the time to make all these parts by a huge factor, so I am pretty happy that some kits are available at a reasonable cost.

As an aside, I recently made the grip bushings for the Zero percent frame, and in the process of doing so, I decided to deviate from the normal slotted grip bushing to a design that I like much better.

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I call it the 1911 Quad Drive Grip Bushing. I feel it’s better than the screwdriver slot drive, and better than the hex drive style because the corners of the hex tend to dig into the grips. The quad drive leaves most of the bushing surface intact.

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A grip screw can be used, but when I installed them on a frame it didn’t seem necessary.

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I used a torque wrench for installation, the hardened drive socket has a very strong grip, and the bushing are hardened tool steel, as well.

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You can also use a wrench or socket wrench.

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I am pretty sure that this is more than anyone wanted to hear about my grip bushings, but I was pretty happy with the way they came out, and the good news is every parts kit will come with a set of grip bushings (with a drive socket) and hardened grip screws that I made. I aslo made some low profile bushings for thin grips.

While I was at it, I made a special socket for removing slotted grip bushing that are stuck and or stripped. It will also install slotted grip bushings. It uses a grip screw to hold it in place for positive removal of a staked, stripped, or loctited screw. If your slotted grip screw is completely stripped, you can use a hack saw to make a small slot and then use this tool to remove it.

This is the black long threaded barrel 7/8 diameter.

This is the black long threaded barrel 7/8 diameter.

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Non threaded 7/8 diameter long in stainless steel.

Non threaded 7/8 diameter long in stainless steel.

Non threaded 3/4 diameter short barrel in stainless steel.

Non threaded 3/4 diameter short barrel in stainless steel.

7/8 diameter long barrel on Volquartsen 22/45 frame

7/8 diameter long barrel on Volquartsen 22/45 frame

The receiver in the pictures above is 7075 aluminum buffed to a shine.

I made quite a variety of barrel styles since I am not sure what will be popular. So far I have stainless and black oxide, in threaded and non threaded, in two lengths and two diameters. So there are actually 12 variations. These are all lightweight barrels, so the balance is quite nice. And you can clock the feed ramp and the sight independently, so it’s an easy installation on the Zero Percent and a retrofitted Ruger MK.