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Post by Dr.Don on Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:18 pm

I found a 9mm Range Officer at the local gun shop today and it was the first time I have handled one.  Lockup and slide/frame fit seemed pretty good, but I noticed a couple of things.  First, they are using a ramped barrel in 9mm.  Nothing wrong with that, but it surprised me.  I couldn't strip it down so I don't know if it was the Clark or Wilson style ramp, but it was a ramp for sure.  

Also, the barrel hood had a vertical slot milled through it that looked to be maybe 20-30 mils wide.  I've fitted quite a few barrels, but never seen one like this.  Anyone know why the slot is there?  K.C., Jerry, somebody...?
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Post by C.Perkins on Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:33 pm

The cut in the hood is an empty chamber indicator.
If you can see brass, it is loaded.

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Post by james r chapman on Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:50 pm

I thought most all 9mm 1911's used ramped barrels, unlike .45acp.
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Post by kc.crawford.7 on Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:34 am

As Clarence said, it's Springfields loaded chamber indicator.
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Post by Dr.Don on Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:50 am

OK guys, thanks.  Considering the way things crud up I wouldn't think the slot would be a very useful loaded chamber indicator. But that's neither here nor there. Thanks again.
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