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Old 12-08-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Troubles disassembling Colt m1911a1

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...



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Old 12-08-2011, 10:01 PM   #2
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Here are a few pics...is there anything else you'd need to see??? Also, any rec's on giving it a good thorough cleaning...this is the first one it will have in decades!!



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Push the release from the left side then rotate the screw on the right side.

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Push the release from the left side then rotate the screw on the right side.
Zackly- Now the screw only rotates 1/4 turn
It then shud drop out-
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Zackly- Now the screw only rotates 1/4 turn
It then shud drop out-
Yeah. Don't be trying to completely unscrew it from the button. You'll sure bugger up that screwhead then!
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That's exactly what I'm trying to do. But when I press the mag release I can't get the screw to turn AT ALL!! Could it just that it hasn't been touched in years?

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That's exactly what I'm trying to do. But when I press the mag release I can't get the screw to turn AT ALL!! Could it just that it hasn't been touched in years?
Try to press a little- turn a little alternating pressure & turnin glently-
Some you have to hit the right combo
You'll feel it when you hit the "sweet spot"
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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?

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I would try a wash rag with a little penetrating oil first. That rust doesn't look very bad to me.

Also, I need a turn on. Give us a picture of the gun when it's reassembled please.



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