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Does anyone remember Ray. He was the owner of Centaur systems. The guy used to produce some nice barrels and always tried something different. I own two of his barrels now and they are excellent. If anyone has a centaur barrel that they wish to sell post here with info on how to contact you.
 

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He made a great barrel. Wish that I could find some that aren't trashed out. I keep fishing the net but no luck.
 

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Yeah, I remember Centaur. I put one of their comped barrels on a 1911 years ago. It had a slide stop with a slot cut in it. You put shims in the slot and a roller bearing on top until the barrel locked up tight. Very innovative. Then they just dissapeared.

I had forgotten about it until you mentioned it.
 

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The system had merit and worked but that is the way that things happen some times in the world of pistols. My problem is that I like the stuff from the "old days". I really don't like the comps that just stick out on the end of a barrel. If I do another pistol and comp it I would have to have a full profile design. To me it just looks better.
 

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Centaur Systems barrels

Yeah, I remember his stuff! It works very well, and yes I've still got mine and no it's not for sale. The thing I like about his system is the way you compensated for wear. Actually I had two of his barrel/comp systems, I sold the commander length barrel. I sure wish I didn't sell the commnander barrel, that is one sweet barrel and comp!
Later,
Vince
 

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I remember Ray

I remember Ray very well ! He used to date my mother and I used to help him in his shop in Monrovia, CA. He had a partner named Bob Spurlock as well. He was very talented at gunsmithing and we used to go to the range often to try his creations out. Centaur also had an electronics section and Ray and Bob engineered and built amplifiers and mixers for musicians. Ray was a talented drummer and used to play at Pikes Verdugo Oaks in Glendale, CA. :D
 

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......somewhere in the shop is a BRAND NEW Centaur .45 barrel & comp kit...in the box, with a bunch of the slide stop pin spacers ...been there forever!

...see if I can locate it...anyone up for this?
 

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There are more of his designs under your nose than you would believe. two ez fit barrel systems, a 22 conversion...those are just what i know of personally...he is a great guy and we used to have many a long talk ..man educated me immensely...all just because of the guy he was..
 

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Ray

I was late seeing your post...I have no idea what Ray is doing these days but Iwould love to know how to contact him. I think Bill Jarvis probably might have a clue...I'll check on that for sure..
 

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What ever happened to Ray

He left California and closed his shop here around 1979 or 1980. He always talked about going to Washington state and living in the back country. He did go to washington state but I think he has since moved to Montana or Wyoming and lives out in the country. If you find out where he is I would love to contact him as well.
 

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I know hes in montana...just havent tracked him down. I am sure Bill Jarvis would have some contact info
 

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This is my first post here and know this is an old thread but I seemed to have lost the documentation that came with a Centaur 10mm comp/barrel kit. Is there anyway o get a copy of it?

Thanks
 

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Okay, this is my first post and I'm resurrecting an old thread so forgive me, but I had to add some information in here.
I work for Ray right now. He still oversee's Centaur, but he's also given life to another fantastic creation. MechTech - Home is his creation. He sits on the board of directors and is the majority shareholder, but isn't in the position of CEO any longer.
He's still got the barrels laying around the shop that you guys are talking about and I'll be buying one from him for my upcoming 1911-build. It's an awesome concept.
I've known Ray for about 20-years or so. He's still an awesome and brilliant guy! You wouldn't believe the cool, interesting and obscure stuff he has laying around the shop!!
 

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Aloha,
This is also my first post. I am helping a friend with an estate. We have
(2) NIB Centaur Systems Q-Comp/ .45/GM-Blue ...barrels
...with all the stuff still in the boxes. The barrels look stainless to me the screw on compensators are blue. The were bought and shipped in Jan 1989. It looks like they opened the boxes and looked at them .. brand new.
I am not a creep who stumbled in here to make a fast buck.
I am a real gun guy, I shoot high power service rifle competitions, and I own a polished stainless gold cup with ivory grips.

These parts need to be sold. Can anyone help me make that happen?

Thanks for your time.
Jimbo
 

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Centaur

I have a few of Ray's barrels and would always be interested in buying more if anyone wants to sell.

I also have copies of the literature I can email if anybody wants it.
 

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Hi Folks - I just found out that the Quadra-Lok barrel systems are being revived. The outfit doing it is Baiar Precision located in Columbia Falls, MT. I have no idea just when stuff will be available but you might call Mike Baiar at 406/253-3791. I understand that Ray Herriott is advising them.
 
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