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paper m1911 parts Working Paper M1911 .45 Pistol

skillbuilder paper 158x158 Working Paper M1911 .45 PistolOK, it doesn’t fire live ammunition, but it is “working,” in the sense that it’s an accurate 1:1 mechanical replica of the original: it can be cocked, rendered safe, loaded, cycled, field-stripped, and even fired, so long as the load is no stronger than a bit of homemade primer. And though I think the coil springs, at least, pretty much have to be metal parts, the rest of it is nothing more than carefully cut, laminated, glued, shaped, and painted paper.

Dubious? I was. But after watching a bunch of videos from YouTuber Tacome1942’s channel, I am persuaded that this is the work of a very talented, very dedicated, very patient, and pleasantly modest young man who is entirely on the level. Here’s his first video showing off the gun’s action, here’s a full teardown, and here’s one of many tutorial videos showing off his construction method. [Thanks, Righteous Fondue!]

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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