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Old 12-25-2013, 03:12 AM   #1
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Default First post. Problems with my first 1911!

Before I explain I attempted to use the search feature and came up dry so I decided to ask my question in a new thread. I'm new to this forum, but I've been scanning lots of info on here for awhile and I finally decided to make a profile cause there's so much knowledge on this site and I wanted to get involved.

My problem is I recently got my first 1911 and I attempted to put new hogue grips on it. Seemed successful at first but when I went to tighten the last screw I noticed it kept spinning and wouldn't actually tighten down. I removed the grips from the pistol and noticed the threaded bushing was now attached to the grip instead of the gun. Basically the threads that secure the bushing to the pistol are stripped I believe. I've never actually taken tools to my guns aside from basic cleaning and maintenance. I'm new to 1911 platform and I'm not sure what my options are to fix this problem.

It's a metro arms american classic II by the way. I can take some pictures in the morning of that'd help my situation.

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Welcome to the forum.

Sounds like the threads are stripped, or possibly the screw holes themselves. Could be the wrong size screws.

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Have you removed the screw bushing from the grip and attempted to get it screwed back into the grip frame? It may have not been staked in place and may have backed out most if the way when you took the screw out originally. Or it may have been stripped, and they may have used lock-tite to hold if in place. If the bushing simply backed out., just screw it in tight and you can either stake it or put some lock-tite or nail polish on the threads before reinstalling it.

If the screw bushing is stripped and the grip frame threads are still ok, you can buy new bushings. I believe they also make oversized bushings to be used along with a tap for stripped holes.

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sounds like the grip bushing wasn't properly staked after it was threaded into the frame. at the least, you will probably need a new grip bushing. take it to a compentent gunsmith and have them installed so the grip bushing can be staked properly. the grip bushings also come in two different heights as well dependent upon the thickness of the grips used. grip bushings are not very expensive either. you also need a screwdriver made for the bushings or modify one to work with them as i did. i also keep a few extra bushings on hand for just such things happening to mine as well.

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I attempted to get the bushing out of the new grip but the only way I could think of would be an Allen wrench in the screw and a set of pliers or vice grips on the bushing on the opposite side. Which would probably run the bushings threads if it wasn't already.

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I would like to do it my self so I'll check out ordering new bushings. There aren't any gun Smith's around here that I know of. I have a good friend that collects firearms and I plan on having him look at it after the holiday season.

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I attempted to get the bushing out of the new grip but the only way I could think of would be an Allen wrench in the screw and a set of pliers or vice grips on the bushing on the opposite side. Which would probably run the bushings threads if it wasn't already.

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you are probably going to ruin the bushing to get it unstuck from the grip. also order some new grip bushings and grip screws, as well. don't waste your time trying to save the bushing. this why i keep a few on hand when working on my 1911's.
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Wrap the jaws of the pliers with a couple of layers of masking tape. Get a good grip, hold bushing, turn allen screw.

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It could be that the factory over tightened the bushing.
You may have to put an oversize bushing in. This is an easy fix.
http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/taps-dies/taps/1911-auto-oversized-stock-bushings-tap-prod621.aspx?avs|Make_3=1911

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Thanks everyone for the info I should be able to tackle this.

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