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While I was at the gun show today I had a very pretty custom Colt pimped on me. One thing I noticed, and mentioned to the seller, was that EXTREME tightness of the barrel. It was so tight that either of us had to make a visible effort to pull the slide out of battery. After that it was glass, but when you say this gun locks up, you mean it. I expressed my doubts about the weapon cycling, but he said it was supposed to be that way, and the gun had never been fired, so everything wasn't seated anyway. So, 'smiths, was he full of it, like I think, or is a freshly fitted barrel -really- that tough to unlock?
(Note: This gun was built, and pimped as, a combat weapon. A quote: "I've built these for guys in Afghanistan...")

Editted to add: It's also probably worth mentioning that the barrel was a Kart. An in-the-white... Kart. :confused:
 

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Assuming that the barrel is fit properly and safely, that is how Les Baer fits his, and his guns run quite well. However, some people do prefer more clearance.
 
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