Ha! I was thinking that someone used it for a hammer.Dropped from a very tall height is my guess. Either that or the Incredible Hulk slammed home a speed reload.
Oh yeah, I would have a gunsmith do the job and not me. I just discovered the problem last night and have not shown it to any smiths who might actually do the work.Depends on how it's repaired. Welding can and will repair the cracks, but it's up to you or the gunsmith to get everything back into the proper dimensions by carefully filing and dremeling away the excess metal.
Personally, I'd go for it. Welds usually end up stronger than the steel around it anyways, so theoretically, you should end up with a stronger frame than before.
It's called micro-welding and here's an article on a company that might be able to help you:Oh yeah, I would have a gunsmith do the job and not me. I just discovered the problem last night and have not shown it to any smiths who might actually do the work.
The slide and barrel appear to be entirely serviceable. I don't know what happened to that frame, but it's a mess. Maybe it was a lemon off the assembly line with poor heat treating...no idea here.Here you go.