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Post by Aprilian on Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:17 pm

40+ years ago I fractured my 5th Metacarpal on my shooting hand.   The little finger knuckle is now roughly 1/3" further into my palm than the other knuckles.

I was recently shooting my Buckmark Target Field, which has a bit of a bobtail and it made the grip much easier to gain consistently.  In the past I tried an arched mainspring housing on my 1911, but that didn't fit my hand the same way. 

Does anyone shoot their .45 with a bobtail?  If so, what are the pros and cons - it would be very expensive to purchase a bobtail .45, accurize it only to try it.

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Post by weber1b on Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:29 pm

My Bullseye guns are not bobtailed but I have a carry 45 which is and I love the feel of it in my hand. I would think if it feels better in the hand and provides a better grip for you then it would be a good thing. Do you ever make it down to Beloit to shoot matches there? I could let you check it out there.

Also getting a bobtail done by a competent smith is not overly expensive. Mine is a Springfield and I had their custom shop do it.

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Post by Aprilian on Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:38 pm

Thanks for the offer to try yours!  I don't make it to Beloit since my son left school there.  I'll check at the local range to see if they have production bobtail, like a Dan Wesson. in their rental fleet.
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Post by weber1b on Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:55 pm

Beloit runs excellent matches if it is within driving distance for you. A lot of us Illinois shooters go up there and they do get folks from Minnesota.

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Post by Aprilian on Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:46 am

I tried gripping a Kimber round tail and a Dan Wesson V-bob.   Neither were used, so I could not shoot them, but the V-bob fit my hand really well and I could tell I was getting more even pressure on the back strap.

Too bad both those are 4.25" barrels.  I'd love to try mating the DW lower with my Marvel upper.
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Post by weber1b on Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:54 am

The 4.25 barrel is still the same lower. Mating up to the Marvel would not be affected.

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Post by weber1b on Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:56 am

BTW, part of the inspiration for me bobbing my Springer was my BIL's Dan Wesson V-bob.

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Post by weber1b on Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:58 am

I have never tried mating my Marvel with my bobbed Springer lower, which actually is a 4 inch barrel, but I might give that a try to validate it could mate up.

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Post by Aprilian on Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:05 am

I'd love to hear about/see your experiment of mating them up!

I hear the only drawback is that the commander dust cover is shorter and the spring would show and possibly shed oil.
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Post by weber1b on Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:12 am

Ok, so I swapped it over today and there is in fact the gap you mentioned due to the shorter dust cover. The gun did function in dry fire so I am confident it would shoot. My Springer is a 4 inch barrel and the V-bob is 4.25 so I called my BIL and he did both a visual and a measurement. The V-bob gap would be slightly less but would have one.

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Post by LenV on Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:51 am

My Commander with a Nelson. No gap.

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Post by SingleActionAndrew on Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:21 pm

Pardini GT45 has a nice beavertail if that's what you're looking for
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That's my girl there with her new grips Smile

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Post by Aprilian on Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:35 pm

Very nice.  

The heel of the grip is called a bobtail when it is rounded to eliminate the sharp point at the bottom of the mainspring housing.

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Post by Dr.Don on Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:37 pm

Never liked the feel of a bobtail.  Always felt like it was trying to get away from me. Even back when I used to shoot a model 52 I altered the back strap to get rid of the rounded heel.  Made it flat like a 1911 flat mainspring housing.
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