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Old 12-28-2012, 05:44 AM   #1
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So I picked up a new Ruger SR1911 today. This is my first 1911 and went to disassemble the pistol this evening. I can already tell that those of you who own 1911's have a grin on your face. "I know what he did... snicker"

For those of you not familiar with 1911's and interested in picking one up, there is a critical point in the disassembly process that you need to pay very close attention to. When you go to twist the barrel bushing, DO NOT under any circumstances take your fingers or hand off of the spring cap. If you do, bad things will happen... bad things.

Thankfully, neither the bushing nor the cap hit my wife, the dog, me, or the television. They did, however, make a nice mark on the ceiling. And they thankfully landed in the same spot on the other side of the room.

Lesson learned.

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Old 12-28-2012, 05:50 AM   #2
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So I picked up a new Ruger SR1911 today. This is my first 1911 and went to disassemble the pistol this evening. I can already tell that those of you who own 1911's have a grin on your face. "I know what he did... snicker"

For those of you not familiar with 1911's and interested in picking one up, there is a critical point in the disassembly process that you need to pay very close attention to. When you go to twist the barrel bushing, DO NOT under any circumstances take your fingers or hand off of the spring cap. If you do, bad things will happen... bad things.

Thankfully, neither the bushing nor the cap hit my wife, the dog, me, or the television. They did, however, make a nice mark on the ceiling. And they thankfully landed in the same spot on the other side of the room.

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Lol yeah, after thinking about doing a build your own 1911 and reading some schematics and DIY material, I came to a very decided NEVER!!! LOL

Glad it came out as well as it could've.
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Lol it only takes once to learn that lesson.

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I had one get away from me at the range never found the plug luckily the spring didn't get away. I keep a spare now.

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I've seen it happen, but I've never had it happen to me. Must be related to the fact that dad carried one in the Corps for over 15 years. Needless to say, he warned me about that little problem with them. When a Gunny tells you about a teardown procedure, it is in your best intrest to listen and follow his directions.

Glad you found theparts, and no one got hit. The spring and the cap can leave one he!! of a welt. I've fallen victim to an "Oh $h1t!" moment once or twice.

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So I picked up a new Ruger SR1911 today. This is my first 1911 and went to disassemble the pistol this evening. I can already tell that those of you who own 1911's have a grin on your face. "I know what he did... snicker"

For those of you not familiar with 1911's and interested in picking one up, there is a critical point in the disassembly process that you need to pay very close attention to. When you go to twist the barrel bushing, DO NOT under any circumstances take your fingers or hand off of the spring cap. If you do, bad things will happen... bad things.

Thankfully, neither the bushing nor the cap hit my wife, the dog, me, or the television. They did, however, make a nice mark on the ceiling. And they thankfully landed in the same spot on the other side of the room.

Lesson learned.
Been there, done that. Got the parts receipt to prove it. I did mine out on the patio so I wouldn't stink up the house with Hoppes. Unfortunately, I have a pool. Luckily the splash let me know where the parts had landed.
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At least you found it fast- Bet there are a few did that still looking

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Brownell's has a bushing wrench with an extension bump to contain the spring & cap while manipulating the bushing.

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LOL I disassemble AR's inside a dry-cleaning bag!

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