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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Ermac, Mar 23, 2011.
Is this proven to actually do anything?
it has if there are machine marks on it.
Kids go faster down a clean, smooth slide than a dirty, rough one.
If you decide to polish, use Mother's & polish be hand, NO DREMELS!
How could slicker not be better? The key word is moderation.
A feed ramp that is cut right does not need to be polished. It can't hurt though.
You don't have to see yourself in it, it just need's to be smooth.
It has help in feeding some ammo for some in some guns. Hope thats helps
Seriously though I have seen a few 1911's that our gunsmith polished feed ramps for because some HP ammo was not feeding right. After the polish, they feed better. Do all 1911's need this, no. Does it hurt to have it, no. Should someone get this on a 1911 they just bought, no. Should someone get this if they are having feeding issues, it's something to consider.
I usually hand polish feed ramps using flitz and a shop towel. It helps feed defense ammo which is a good thing.
I do the same thing.
It can't hurt...only help (possibly).
The only thing it is proven to do is destroy a perfectly good barrel if you do not know what you are doing (ie. dremel tool). I have seen them polished to the point of actually changing the feed ramp angle enough to cause feed problems.....makes a good paper weight after that.
Polishing a feed ramp is another gun myth spread by people who either
just want to make a buck doing it, or some kitchen table gun butcher who
thinks he's a gunsmith.
That ramp does not need to be polished smooth or messed with in any way unless
it's defective and is the known cause of malfunctions. If that's the case,
then send it back to the manufacturer for correction.
Never polish the feed ramp of a perfectly good functioning firearm.
Doing so risks doing more damage than good.
One of the internet's experts says that a highly polished ramp can actually hurt the function of a 1911.
Mine look like this:
Chuck, if the above is true about polishing a feedramp hurts function on a 1911, those you work on won't ever feed.......
That is beautiful!
Chuck my be "ruining" a perfectly good functioning 1911, but damn they sure are purty.
soooo...are you just wanting to make a buck doing it, or some kitchen table gun butcher who thinks he's a gunsmith.......
I think the difference is that you know what you're doing and you're checking fit and function as you're building. Other people will see your pic and then assume that theirs must be like that, even though it may function perfectly as is.....
I was born in Rochester, NY.
That's just plain badass.
Does it help? Yes, but polishing the feed ramp and barrel ramp isn't the cure all for feeding problems that it seems to have developed a internet reputation for being. As other have pointed out, if done improperly you can muck up a good barrel and even worse the frame.
Chuck, would you agree that in the hands of a non-professional, attempting to polish a barrel/feed ramp can do more damage than good?