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Old 10-08-2010, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default What 1911 parts should I have on-hand?

Hello!

I'm putting together a repair kit (for a SHTF situation in which I couldn't just go down to the corner gun store) for my AR-15 and my 1911.

The AR situation is EASY. There are lots of repair kits with springs, etc. I got that issue dealt with.

1911? Not so easy. There are lots of parts, but I'd like to know which parts I should have on hand so I could easily repair things.

I've got a Springer Loaded Gov't. I don't think it has anything proprietary that I'd have to go to SA to buy. So what kits are available or a list of parts.

I bet this has been asked, sorry.

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I would suggest a complete set of springs and a set of pins. A firing pin, ejector and extractor is probably a good idea too. Maybe a barrel bushing link as well.

Others may have some better ideas, but that's what I'd stock. Right now, all I have is a set of springs. I also have a spare slide stop that was left over from the rebuild, but I don't think those particularly go bad or break.

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Here's a question......how many magazines do you have?

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easier to just get a couple of em. more fun too.

anyway: all springs (including sear leaf spring), ejector, extractor, barrel link, barrel, slide stop, firing pin retaining block, all pins, many extra mags. pretty much everything but the slide and frame.

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Here's a question......how many magazines do you have?
Well, I've got 4 now. But I have 2 more Wilson 47DE's on the way. It is kinda funny having hundreds of rounds, but only a few mags. If something really bad went down, you really only have the number of rounds you ALREADY have in magazines.

Here's a little focus to the original question: Anybody know a 1911 spare parts kit that I can buy without having to find each spring and pin? I think DPMS makes a kit, but MidwayUSA doesn't carry it (though they have a bunch of cool AR-15 parts kits...).

I know the answer is get one or more of EVERY little part. But I'd love to get a dufus kit that has everything already in it.
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Check Wolff for the springs and Brownell's for all the other parts.

If you buy a spare "drop in" barrel, remember that isn't always the case and it may need to be fitted. The same for many other "drop in" parts.

Brownell's isn't cheap, but they have pretty much anything you may need.

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Hello!

I'm putting together a repair kit (for a SHTF situation in which I couldn't just go down to the corner gun store)...
1911? Not so easy. There are lots of parts, but I'd like to know which parts I should have on hand
Man, just Google 1911 part kits or 1911 Spring kits. Midway, Wilson, Brownells-kits everywhere. I got 3,800,000 hits in less than a quarter second.
Not really a problem finding kits.
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Man, just Google 1911 part kits or 1911 Spring kits. Midway, Wilson, Brownells-kits everywhere. I got 3,800,000 hits in less than a quarter second.
Not really a problem finding kits.
Yes but how many of those 3,800,000 hits contain the wisdom and knowledge of the people on FTF and what you really need?
I’m curious too, great question CHL
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Check to see if your SAI has a .38Super, or .45ACP Firing pin, then buy a spare. Brownells has the SAI firing pins.

Get an Ed Brown extractor, sear, disconnector, pins, barrel link and pin, thumb safety, slide stop, hammer. All springs.

Have a good 'smith braze on your plunger tube, as it is common that they come loose (Causing bad jou jou).

Get everything possible manufactured by Ed Brown. EB parts are as good as you can get these days (new).

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I would get a spare gun, that way you have one of everything!

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