Yes sir: you are being picky but your understanding of mechanical function is probably responsible. The barrel points where the slide points even though that is in the same direction as where the frame points. Your picture shows the ability of the rattle trap when you dismiss the two fliers.Thank you for the comments.
Maybe I'm just picky, this is what was included in the box when I received my New Agent back from Colt after I had it returned to address a loose fitting slide. Shaking the gun produces a rattle from the slide, this gun has not had more than 200 rds thru it and it has the looseness of 10's of 1000's if you ask me.
I won't get into the firing pin stop they replaced to address the crooked extractor , now I can't get that part out of the slide , it had to have been inserted with a hammer ?
I am just quoting to get the Q and A on the same page. I can see where a machinist might not find .015 acceptable on another kind of item but on a sd semi auto that is acceptable for that relationship. You want it to return to battery under the power of the recoil spring. The barrel tilts up on the arc of the swinging link and has to sneak the barrel lugs into the slide recesses. It is trying to go up and go forward at the same time.Thanks, working in a machine shop environment makes me look at things mechanical with a more critical eye, my measurements showed at least .015 frame to slide clearance and I haven't measured it yet but at least .005 rise of the front of the slide when it is in battery with a round in the chamber. I also can wiggle the barrel in the front of the slide , but this is a production gun so this must all be acceptable?
Interesting on the loose extractor, I purchased a used Series 80 Colt Govt. model and I can push the extractor easily in and out with the slide assembled. I have yet to fire it so I can assume by your statements that it is going to have issues ?
I did buy a Wilson extractor that I was going to put in the N.A. when it returned as I wasn't expecting that issue to be fully addressed so it looks like a trip to the 'smith to have it installed and tuned is in order for that one?
I'm new to all this so thanks for not making look, and feel, like a complete fool ...
here is the gun in question.
You have the gun I wish I had bought , 9mm , but a defender , I need sights to help my contact lens assisted eyesight.I like the rattle in my Colts. It lets me know that they are ready to run! My 9mm New Agent is a tack driver, and it rattles a little. The barrel to slide fit is the most important part to me.