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Old 04-09-2013, 12:09 AM   #1
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Hello while i was cleaning my 1911 i lost a part idk what it is called but here is a pic its the tiny little thing with the spring that goes in that tiny hole i took pic of look all over cant find it were can i order one at

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Old 04-09-2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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Hello while i was cleaning my 1911 i lost a part idk what it is called but here is a pic its the tiny little thing with the spring that goes in that tiny hole i took pic of look all over cant find it were can i order one at
Believe it is called the safety plunger spring or something of that sort. Unfortunately it's kind of critical to the proper function of the gun. Try Brownells or Midway, it's a fairly inexpensive, common part.

NOTE: It's actually 3 parts: slide stop plunger, safety lock plunger, plunger tube spring.

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Damn, I lost the retainer to my mag release a couple months ago. I know exactly what you're going through. Yep. Just have to order a new one unless someone here has a spare they can send you.

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I dis-assemble spring-loaded parts, i.e. on an AR too, inside a dry-cleaner bag. They are big, crystal clear, and free. Guess how I learned t do that...

I also buy two of any part that evaporates into the ether because I know it'll happen again. Wish I could buy socks that way!

Numrich Arms exploded views have the numbered parts to order right underneath the view but they are pricey on shipping small, expensive, parts IMO. Needed a Win 1895 .30 Army firing pin last night and shopped there then had to buy elsewhere.

And that picture looks sort of, well, wink wink, nod nod, know what I mean?

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Hate that!

I loose...PANG...and re-find...WHEW...my Sig Patrol firing pin each time I clean it.
Lucky so far, but would think I would learn though.
Good luck with the replacement search!

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Dude just grab a big magnet and sweep the entire area where you think it is or could have shot off to. I had to do that the first time i did a complete tear down of my 1911.

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A sub woofer speaker works great ;-)

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A little hint when disassembling a firearm.

If you do it in a large garbage bag, then (most of the time) you are looking for lost parts in a garbage bag and not a large room.

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Done that, been there, got the t-shirt and wore it out!

The older you get the more spare parts you accumulate. You will start to buy 4 or 5 of the small parts that have legs so you won't have a gun down when one goes on the lamb.

Funny thing is the recalcitrant part will usually show up in short order.

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The missing part will turn up 35 minutes before the replacement part you ordered gets delivered.

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