Anthony, this is just a guess of course but I suspect since Swenson had been hand building the single and ambi safties for some time and they were very time consuming, my thought is he was thrilled to have a stainless part. Remember there were darn few, if any, stainless parts when he brought out the production Swenson ambi. The time frame to build and install an ambi on one of his guns went from several long hours to a few minutes with his stainless production part.
There are lots of pictures of Swenson's guns and Heinie's guns for that matter, blued, with a stainless Swenson ambi. The cosmetics and attention to detail that we find common place today, was different 30 years ago. Chrome was a new thing and stainless was the FUTURE :grin:
On this Govenment model the ambi is on the original sales receipt. The NM guns I have seen had hand made single safeties and all were chromed. The two Swenson Government models I have here to rebuild both have hand built ambis and both were indeed chromed with the guns.
That is why I think Swenson used the stainless material, less work on fit and finish.
I too wondered about Swenson's "signature". I think his signature would have to be 30 lpi checkering, squared trigger guards, hard chrome and K frame sights.
I have crowned my barrels in a similar fashion long before I could afford a unfired Swenson. As you note though I was quite pleased that I ended up with the same result that Swenson used here. None of the other half dozen Swenson guns I have seen have a recessed or even a flush cut crown though.
My older Colts from the 1920's and '30s do have flush crowns but they are not recessed.
Note how Armand used an insert inset into the slide to maintain proper barrel position/lockup. Only other guy to use this on a regular basis I know of is Jim Hoag. Very hard to do machine work of this quality.
Very nice pics, Dane. Thanks for bringing us in touch with 1911 history. With our focus being on what we can acquire among today's better guns, spending time on the range, and learning tactics, you're providing us with a very effective little "time machine" to appreciate 1911 roots. Plus not to mention a few guns some of us can aspire to owning some day...
Many of my early Pistols had a Barrel positioner inside the Slide. I would cut a piece from an old Barrel Bushing and Silver Solder it in place.
Swenson had access to one of the best Hard
Chrome Platers. It is hard to find Hard Chrome like he used.
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