MAKE READY WITH DEAN CAPUTO: 1911 ARMORER’S BENCH DVD

MAKE READY WITH DEAN CAPUTO: 1911 ARMORER’S BENCH DVD

MAKE READY WITH DEAN CAPUTO: 1911 ARMORER'S BENCH DVD

MAKE READY WITH DEAN CAPUTO: 1911 ARMORER'S BENCH DVD

I received the  MAKE READY WITH DEAN CAPUTO: 1911 ARMORER’S BENCH DVD for Christmas and with all the chaos of the holidays I forgot about it and never sat down and watched it. Fast forward to March 2012 while working on an AR-15 going through a box of new hardware I stumbled accross the DVD and made it a point to stop what I was doing on watch it. at that moment.

MAKE READY WITH DEAN CAPUTO: 1911 ARMORER’S BENCH DVD is nearly 3 hours and very nicely done. I didn’t nod off once. Video is high quality not like those damn AGI VHS transfers.

The start is a bit slow as the narrator discusses 1911 history. He is obviously reading. Once the tech gets underway it flows much smoother. This DVD is NOT about building and gunsmithing a 1911. It truly is an armorers approach to safety, maintenance, reliability and the fitting of drop in parts.

They go through great detail of explaining and displaying part interaction, fits and safety function tests and common mistakes. A ton of practical information for folks not well versed in 1911 function. They also include discussion and use of the proper tools albeit from the  DVD sponsors. Not an infomercial though like many DVD’s

The last few chapters of the DVD covers the installation of drop in parts like ambi safeties, grip safeties, triggers.

All in all a very refreshing approach. Ill put this as a must have in your 1911 media collection along with the JERRY KUHNHAUSEN Heritage Gun books.

From the Panteo Website
The M1911 Pistol Armorer’s Course will give you a detailed understanding of the model 1911 pistol. The course covers design, model variations, disassembly, assembly, lubrication, parts fitting, trigger pull adjustments, maintenance, and troubleshooting. After-market parts and modifications are reviewed. Dean Caputo, a law enforcement officer and factory armorer instructor for the 1911 platform, will teach you how to keep your 1911 running properly and how to do limited custom work on your pistol.

Must Own Colt 1911 Books Videos

Colt 1911 Reference Books, DVDs

In this digital age there is a volume of information on the internet to address just about any firearm or shooting related question you may have, and thats good. However I often find there is always something missing, something incorrect or I just want more details than is generally available. Fortunately there are still many good books and DVD’s being produced to fill in the voids. As always if you have something to add to the list drop me a message.


Colt 1911 Books

If you are going to work on 1911 based handguns. The two Jerry KuhnHausen entries listed below are must owns. There are no other books on the 1911 that compare. There is a companion DVD that I have never actually seen available.

The Colt .45 Automatic. A Shop Manual, Volume 1. Jerry KuhnHausen

A detailed book which is extremely practical for every level of gunsmithing knowledge. This manual covers the 1911 from the lanyard loop to the barrel bushing. Contains useful information on inspection, part selection, part installation, trouble-shooting and function testing. Also shows tricks the pros use to turn stock 1911s into full-blown carry and race guns. Contains instructions and illustrations on assembly and disassembly, pitfalls to avoid and areas to check for the best performance.

This books availabilty comes and goes. Check Amazon.com and Brownells

Colt 1911 Shop Manual Volume 1

The U.S. M1911/M1911A1 Pistols & Commercial type Pistols. A Shop Manual, Volume 2. Jerry KuhnHausen

A great follow-up to Volume 1. This is not a revision of Volume 1 and not a rehash of old military manuals! This book is absolutely loaded with new and updated material, parts dimensions and hardness specifications, and the nuts and bolts tech data required to dimensionally inspect, restore, repair and build super accurate, super reliable, “blueprint” quality carry and competition grade M1911s.

This volume is more readily available but again check Amazon.com and Brownells for pricing.

1911 Shop Manual Volume 2