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I have one of his books, Vol. 1 for the 1911. He seems to be THE reference for 1911 do-it-yourselfers and above. I can't find much about the man and his work other than his published manuals, sort of like an academic legend, a theoretician, an author. I find no critique of his work as a craftsman.

Does anybody know something of substance about the man and his work? Is he still walking this Earth? Any info, however anecdotal, would be appreciated.
 

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I bought the Kuhnhausen series, too. Being a newbie I find these books very valuable.

I just ran a Google search for Jerry Kuhnhausen and the only websites that appeared refer to the series books.

Does not seem that Mr Kuhnhuasen has a website, nor does a wealth of information appear on the Web.

Perhaps someone else can ring in and add on to this thread.

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Thanks MishMash, that's been my experience googling for Mr. Kuhnhausen (hey that would make a nifty title for a book ) I find it odd that his works are considered essential for understanding the 1911 and doing work on it, but those books also seem to be the only record of the man and his work. Is there anyone out there who's had a 1911 built by Mr. Kunhausen?
 

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I agree that it's rather surprising that more information isn't readily available about the man and his services, given that he has authored several books on detailed gunsmithing for several short and long guns, has obviously developed said manuals for the purpose of training apprentice gunsmiths, and also obviously truly knows his stuff.

I've never heard of anyone with a Kuhnhausen-built 1911.

Has he been a military armorer perhaps, a la Ken Hallock?
 

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I have no personal knowledge of the man, but I believe there is a brief bio in one of his books. I think it says he owned a very large gun shop in the midwest (Ohio?) that had a large gunsmith shop on site and he is now retired. I may be off on detail, but that's the gist of what I remember. I don't believe that he was known as a 1911 custom specialist.
 

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The best info I have was from when he was still working.

He owned a large gun shop where he specialized in trade gunsmithing. (Other gun shops sent him repair work).

He also trained gunsmiths, and the manuals were originally written in the form of loose-leaf binders given to the trainees.
I seem to remember something about several large gun manufacturers using him to train their in-plant fitters, and repair gunsmiths.

He was well known as a warranty repair service for most gun brands, and was noted for being a "stickler" for doing it the right way. NO jack-leg gunsmithing around him.

He wasn't known for building custom guns, but did do custom work on demand.

In short, his business was gun repair, and bailing other gunsmiths out of holes they'd dug for themselves.
 

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Regardless of his experience, he does know what he is talking about, with one odd exception: He simply does not know how the pistol works - his "thrust vector" explanation is silly and simply a cover for failure to understand recoil.

Aside from that, and maybe one or two small goofs, his books are excellent; I use them and recommend them.

Jim
 

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Jim Keenan said:
Regardless of his experience, he does know what he is talking about, with one odd exception: He simply does not know how the pistol works - his "thrust vector" explanation is silly and simply a cover for failure to understand recoil.
Jim, I have both volumes, and I haven't seen this explanation. I'd like to read it.

Where is it?
 

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If you go on this board and use the search function you can find a bunch of very well written comments about how the 1911 really operates. As I remember the search should be along the lines of "1911 dynamics". I have them all saved to my laptop hard disk but it is unavailable right now.
 

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I do know that he lives in the same area that I live in. About 5 miles from my place. I am familiar with the neighborhood and street where he lives but have never met the man.

I found out about him when I bought his book in a shop about 100miles from here. The shop owner said "the guy that wrote this lives in your town."

As for him having a shop, I wouldn't know. He may just do private jobs. As far as I know there are no gun shops or gunsmith's of any sort doing retail business around here. Closest I can think of is about 50 miles away.

I have often thought of stopping by and introducing myself and explaining my interest in the 1911 but I hate to be too nosey. Some folks don't want a lot of attention that is why they live up here in the hills.
 
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