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CA357 05-04-2010 02:32 AM

Need 1911 reassembly Help
Here's my problem: When I try to insert the thumb safety, it isn't lining up properly with the hammer and disconnector. The pin that goes through the beavertail goes through no problem, but when I try to insert the small cut out/machined part of the safety, it doesn't seem to line up.

When I forced it in, the grip safety jammed and I couldn't go any farther and I had a devil of a time disassembling it again.

I have the hammer in the fired position and have tried juggling it around, but that doesn't seem to help. I am trying to insert the safety in the same "almost engaged" position that I disassembled it.

What am I doing wrong? I really don't want to go to a 'smith with a "bag gun" if I can avoid it.

M14sRock 05-04-2010 04:08 AM

Cock the hammer all the way Don. Safety goes in like when it is engaged.

CA357 05-04-2010 04:29 AM

Okay, I'll try that right now.

CA357 05-04-2010 04:45 AM

I got it in, but it only travels upwards a tiny bit. It doesn't engage. This is the same problem I've been having. WTF?

I guess I'm making an embarassment run to the gunsmith. :o

M14sRock 05-04-2010 05:09 AM

Are you sure you got the sear and disconnector back in properly?

Do you have the MSH and Sear spring in yet?

CA357 05-04-2010 05:14 AM

The sear & disconnector seem to be in properly. The sear spring is in, but I stopped there. It seems pointless to put the mainspring in until I get the safety right.

CA357 05-04-2010 05:17 AM

BTW, thank you very much for your help. I appreciate it. :)

M14sRock 05-04-2010 05:18 AM

Get the sear spring in the right spot and slide the MSH in far enough to hold the sear spring in place. Then, cock the hammer and get the safety in. Make sure the hammer strut sits in the mainspring cap depression and apply upward pressure to keep all the parts snugly in place.

Does that make sense?

M14sRock 05-04-2010 05:22 AM


Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 280217)
BTW, thank you very much for your help. I appreciate it. :)

My pleas. I wish I was a couple of hours closer. I'd zip over and help you with it.

CA357 05-04-2010 05:32 AM

Okay. I've got it disassembled again. Does the sear spring sit behind the disconnector or in front of it?

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