Sumdood on an internet forum solemnly informed me that "1911s need to be timed."
Now, timing is a thing in 1911s, as it is in all self-loading pistols, and if you're building a gun from scratch or installing an oversize gunsmith-fit barrel in a 1911 (or any pistol) you'll need to ensure it is timed correctly to avoid early unlocking and other ills. But if you buy a Colt, the only time you need to worry about is range time. And if you shoot all the rifling out of the barrel... good for you! ...you can just get another Colt barrel and drop it in the gun and go on your merry way.
This idea that the first thing you need to do when you buy a 1911 is whip out the Dremel and Arkansas stones has killed more innocent guns than I care to think about. I realize that there's a huge industry devoted to separating 1911 shooters from their money by convincing them that they need to be bending extractors and buying special snake oil to lube their guns, but it does a disservice to novices who read that stuff and think that you gotta wave a chicken foot over the thing to make it run.
Don't buy a junky one, don't buy crappy magazines, and go shoot your gun. (Heck, even most of the junky ones work okay.)
Anyway, sorry this post is all rambly and half-formed because I gotta get on the road. Here's a picture from the other day:
|Setting the spark gap, as you should do between every magazine.|