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Old 12-09-2011, 03:32 AM   #11
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Grandpa's Colt...very nice!

It looks to be in fabulous shape.

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Alright, the phone's camera sucks but oh well. This is a blast to do...thanks for the help! I can't wait to take it to the range...



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A couple more...

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It is a great looking piece of history.

2 comments:

1 - It appears the plunger that resides atop the spring inside the plunger tube is missing or stuck inside the tube. I am referring to the *left side* of the plunger tube where the plunger contacts the back edge of the slide stop.
This needs to be in place to keep tension on the slide stop.

2 - The gun appears *dry*. Hard to tell, but if it were mine, I would have slathered that thing in CLP from top to bottom during cleaning to stop any active surface rust. I would also hit every moving part on the gun and run it wet. Parkerizing gets *thirsty for oil too. One man's opinion.

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I can't pull the pics up on my phone! I've gotta get the computer away from my wife!

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Neil is right about the plunger spring. Nice catch! But that's easily to fix and any gunsmith should have the piece (I call them detents, but probably not the correct term).

Definitely keep it oiled. It's okay to dry it off for shooting at the range and for handling and photo shoots, but before you store it thoroughly coat it in oil.

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I just got a personal injury. I'm out of the game. That thing looks mint!! Reminds me of my Grandfather's 1911, it's a 1912 manufacture, it's in about the same condition.

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I noticed the plunger spring when I was re-assembling it...it looks like it is compressed into the plunger tube. How do I decompress it??? Is it something that would affect performance? I'm assuming since it applies pressure to the slide stop that I could have an issue with the slide stop stopping after the last round is fired. Is that accurate?

As far as lubing... I lubed every piece individually when I had it disassembled. Before reassembling it I dried all the non moving parts and left all the "hinges", springs, and sliding parts fairly wet. Do you think that is enough or should I let the thing swim in lube and assemble it without drying it?

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I just got a personal injury. I'm out of the game. That thing looks mint!! Reminds me of my Grandfather's 1911, it's a 1912 manufacture, it's in about the same condition.
Wow, a 1912 mfg?!? Like the saying goes...if that thing had eyes!!!

On a side note, the movement on this thing is unreal...like butter!!! It makes my Kimber feel like it's made out of sandpaper!!! I can't wait to shoot it...and of course post a range report here!
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Your lube and reassembly method sounds good.
Wipe her down moist prior to storage and you'll be fine.
Rather too wet than too dry.

The item pictured below is the plunger tube spring assembly. It is actually made so you can pull it out of the tube to the rear iirc. Maybe some oil and a toothpick might loosen it enough to pop it back out without pulling the safety off again. Maybe oil and compressed air?

You should make it right before firing so there is tension on the slide stop imho.



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