Alright guys...been to youtube and google and still can't seem to figure this out so I came to the most knowledgeable people around!!
I have almost fully disassembled my grandfathers WWII Colt M1911A1. The only thing I can't seem to get is the mag release. Everything I read says to depress the mag release and unscrew (counter clockwise) the screw on the mag catch which releases the spring.
The thing isn't budging. I've tried releasing the mag release different distances and still can't get her.
I know it shouldn't require as much pressure as I'm giving it and don't want to strip it so I'm guessing there is a step I'm missing.
Any ideas??? I'm going to go take some phone pics so that you can see...
Could be. Try a little penetrating oil or WD-40 on it. Let it sit then try to shimmy it out. Don't force it or you'll round off the screw.
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Niiiiice guys!!! Finally got it!! Didn't realize at the time, but the screwdriver I was using was just a little too wide so when I would press the mag release in all the way, the screwdriver would be forced out of the grips of the screw...easy fix
So let me ask you this...seeing that this is my fist disassembly of such an old gun, what should I use to get the rust stains out of the frame? You can see what I'm talking about in the 2nd and 3rd pictures above. Should I wait for it to dry completely before re-assembling it? Are there any other things I should take into account, while I have it disassembled, before shooting it?