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Old 12-28-2012, 02:46 PM   #11
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study up on the mark of shame too. thats the other pitfall of owning a 1911.

looks like this

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study up on the mark of shame too. thats the other pitfall of owning a 1911.

looks like this

What causes that?
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What causes that?
Installing the slide stop/release badly
Thats about the worst i've seen---
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I was tearing down my new Les Baer prior to firing it for the first time. I was doing it on the deck over looking the lake. Sproing. I launched the spring plug half way across the lake. Then I had to wait for the new one to come in before I could enjoy my new gun. Rats!!!!

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I also was fortunate enough to have a father who was well versed in the 1911 to warn me about this issue... Unfortunately, I forgot to share this information with my brother who was disassembling his for cleaning recently and I got tagged in the a$$ with the spring cap... Luckily it was in the meaty side and I now remember to always be on the other end of a 1911 when someone is disassembling theirs, and also to warn them! Great story though! As the OP stated, I like many of you were snickering well before it got to the good part! Chalk one up to experience!

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study up on the mark of shame too. thats the other pitfall of owning a 1911.
My grandpa just gave my dad a Springer GI 1911, his first pistol. For Christmas I got him a couple mags and accessories and we sat down to take it down. I'm the gun enthusiast, but my father is far more mechanically inclined than I am.

I kept explaining the concept of the "idiot mark" to him...and man oh man, he just seemed determined to run one from the trigger all the way through the top of the slide. There are just hairline marks for now, but I fear it's only a matter of time.

Taking down a 1911 is a cinch...once you've done it a few times. But only those prideful owners who are absolutely determined not to wear the "idiot" brand will emerge unscathed.
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The quirks of the 1911 are often learned after only one lesson. Kinda' like Garand thumb.

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Brownell's has a bushing wrench with an extension bump to contain the spring & cap while manipulating the bushing.
An essential item if you have a match grade weapon. And damn handy even if you don't.
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Scott anytime you need some advice on how to take apart your guns stop on by....lol

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My Browning Hi-Power, understandably, wears a similar scratch. LOL

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