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Macbeth666 03-06-2012 04:19 AM

finicky 1911
 
I have recently bought an api 1911. Have not had much trouble with it. When completely clean the slide works beautifully.. But get about 40 rds through it and the slide is sticky and feels kinda gritty.. Took it home and cleaned it and works smooth. Is this a general 1911 problem? This is my first 1911 and I don't know anyone with one to ask.

Ranger-6 03-06-2012 05:06 AM

Before a shoot, I put a good amount of Tetra grease on the slide. When I go on a shoot I take some gun oil with me. After a few magazines I apply oil to the slide to keep it clean and smooth. I like to run wet guns throughout the shooting operation.

danf_fl 03-06-2012 09:07 AM

Does "api" stand for American Pistol Institute?

Possible causes could include powder residue from the fired rounds, the pistol breaking in, the pistol breaking, the firearm was not properly cleaned and old residue getting into the slide area, incorrect or not enough lube.

While there are other reasons that this could happen, I would like to know what other trouble you had with it. The slide getting sticky and gritty could be a result from an earlier problem.

DrumJunkie 03-06-2012 10:00 AM

How many rounds have been through it?
What are you using to lube the gun after cleaning?
I'm not a big fan of grease because it attracts dirt more than it will lubricate, but that's just me. I'd rather use something lighter. I'm a big fan of Mobile One synthetic oil. I use 5w30 in my vehicle so that's what I usually have on hand for gun lube.

Like danf_fl said though there are many variables here not mentioned yet like what type of ammo, how many rounds have been though it, what is the slide to frame fit even.

MrWray 03-06-2012 03:52 PM

I think that the grease that you are using to lube your rails is causing the problem. Grease is kinda thick anyways,then whenever powder residue comes in contact with it, it makes it gritty. Try using an oil to lube with, like slip 2000 or even mobil 1 synthetic motor oil motor is awesome. I bet it fixes your problem

JonM 03-06-2012 04:54 PM

I currently own three 1911s from three different makers colt, springfield, and ithaca. All three run fine and dont seem to care when lots are run through them.

Not all 1911s are made the same. Had a kimber got rid of it no longer have a les baer either but that was waaaaaay back in the late 80s.they are a lot better now.

Mileage varies

limbkiller 03-06-2012 09:58 PM

How good did you clean it when you brought it home? Lots of guns are full of cosmolene when yoy get them. That stuff is nasty and smells bad but does its job keeping the gun from rusting. Clean it well and lube it up good and try again. If there is a problem call the maker and inform them. API=ATI?

Macbeth666 03-07-2012 02:13 AM

I don't use grease I use Remington gun oil. I bought the gun from a guy at work who I know maintains his weapons. As far as how many rounds have been through it I'm unsure. Api is a rock Island import from the Phillipines. When I got it I youtubed a video on how to completely tear it down then I tore it down cleaned and oiled it and put it back together. I'll double check this weekend and make sure I clean the exess oil out of the slide rails. And get back to u. Thanks for all the advice

canebrake 03-07-2012 02:31 AM

Try this:

Gun Cleaning

DrumJunkie 03-10-2012 02:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Macbeth666 (Post 731485)
I don't use grease I use Remington gun oil. I bought the gun from a guy at work who I know maintains his weapons. As far as how many rounds have been through it I'm unsure. Api is a rock Island import from the Phillipines. When I got it I youtubed a video on how to completely tear it down then I tore it down cleaned and oiled it and put it back together. I'll double check this weekend and make sure I clean the exess oil out of the slide rails. And get back to u. Thanks for all the advice

That stuff in a spray can that has Teflon? I never cared for it all that much because it seemed to disappear on me when the weapon got a little warmed up.


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