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Old 12-31-2013, 10:58 PM   #1
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I have owned my 1911 for a little while now, but have never done anything more than field stripping to clean after a trip to the range. I read a sticky by canebrake on how to clean a 1911. But I have no idea how to detail strip a 1911 for a deep clean.

I don't want to mess up my gun. Besides a few idiot marks, it's in good shape and I'd like to keep it that way.

Any suggestions on videos or instructionals on how to disassemble for a deep clean?

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Old 12-31-2013, 11:05 PM   #2
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I'm a gunsmith and there's a really good app if u have android its called " gun dissassembly " it has many different guns including the colt 1911 u can virtually dissassemble it it will help u out its helped me out a lot

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YouTube is your friend. There are more videos on YouTube than you can count on this subject.

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Here ya go. Look over on the right sidebar. The lower of the two is step by step w/ pictures. You will need a set of GOOD screwdrivers and some pin punches for a full "down to the bare frame" disassembly.

http://www.surplusrifle.com/pistol1911/index.asp

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YouTube is your friend. There are more videos on YouTube than you can count on this subject.
I would add that printing out a 1911 exploded view will also be helpful, there are a bunch out there a Google search away.
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In case it is not mentioned elsewhere, your flathead screwdrivers should have hollow ground tips.

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Thanks for the info. Any recommendations on the actual screwdriver(s) and punches I will need?

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Thanks for the info. Any recommendations on the actual screwdriver(s) and punches I will need?
Grace is a well respected brand. I use Grace screwdrivers and punches. They come in several common sizes. You can get a set with everything, including a hammer or two.

Rule of thumb is, steel to steel, plastic to plastic. Meaning, you need a small steel hammer and steel punches for steel pins, but a plastic or rubber mallet for plastic pins. To avoid the idiot marks, if you absolutely need a tool, use a brass punch, it is softer than steel.
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Browning designed the 1911 to be able to be completely stripped using only parts of the gun. If there is not a full length guide rod or other unneeded parts.

A hollow ground screwdriver is a better start than a mag floor plate though.

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You can also use a empty shell case flatten the open end and bam screwdriver.

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