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The Colt .45 Automatic and the U.S. M1911/M1911A1 Pistols (2 Book Set) by Jerry Kuhnhausen



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These two exceptional gunsmithing manuals are so often purchased together that they are now being offered as a two-book bundle. As are all of Jerry Kuhnhausen’s manuals, these two books are absolutely loaded with useful information, drawings, graphics, etc. You will be delighted with these books.


1) The Colt .45 Automatic: A Shop Manual: Volume 1, Expanded 10th Edition: With this expanded 10th edition, the original and time tested Colt 45 Auto/M1911 pistol bench manual is now in it’s 18th printing and remains the best bench inspection, trouble shooting, repair, hand fitting and basic accurizing manual ever published on the subject.

There are 100’s of photos and illustrations. It covers the Colt Government model, including series 80’s, and the U.S. Military M1911 and M1911A1 models. It also covers most copies and clones of the M1911 pistol. Necessary tooling is also shown.

Readers have commented that the new 10th edition has  lots more information and might make earlier editions obsolete. All we can say is we sincerely hope not, because the earlier editions are still full of useful information – The 10th edition just has a whole lot more.

Bench edition – 229 pages with plastic laminated soft cover, 100’s of photos and illustrations, expanded 10th edition, 2015.

2) The U.S. M1911/M1911A1 Pistols and Commercial M1911 Type Pistols – A Shop Manual Volume 2: Volume 2 adds to, but does not replace Kuhnhausen’s original Volume 1.

600 new drawings, graphics & photos specially produced for this superb new book. Volume 2 continues on where Volume 1 leaves off. And, Volume 2 has even more:

More on basic pistol function; more on design theory; more parts data; more on parts fitting; more on barrel fitting; more on accurizing; more on reliability; and more on everything…

Expanded edition – 207 pages with plastic laminated soft cover.

This superbook is absolutely loaded with new & updated material, parts dimensions & hardness specs, and the nuts and bolts tech data required to dimensionally inspect, restore, repair & build super accurate, super reliable, "blueprint" quality carry and competition grade M1911’s.

With Kuhnhausen’s original Volume 1 and the new Volume 2  you have in hand more practical M1911 info & tech data than ever before published in the entire history of the U.S. M1911 & M1911A1 Pistols!

Volume 2 is the ultimate tech data manual for all M1911, M1911A1 & M1911 type Pistols-

A few of the highlights from this incredible book: Basic M1911 & M1911A1 Pistol design & operating theory; M1911 design safety features; Fully detailed and illustrated basic design function and cycle of operation section; Bench function checks and disassembly/reassembly; Full parts visual inspection data; Full parts dimensional inspection data with-all critical ordnance parts dimensional specifications (the only M1911&A1 specs there ever were); Ordnance specified steels and specified parts hardnesses; Basic tool and inspection gauge data; Correct barrel and parts fit, including correct static and dynamic barrel clearance; Building/assembling standard and improved performance M1911/M1911A1 Pistols; Building/assembling accurized & optimum performance competition grade M1911’s

Copyright 1997, 3rd ed., revised 2008

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs




Plastic laminated Softcover