1911 Disassembly

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Squawk, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    I have owned my 1911 for a little while now, but have never done anything more than field stripping to clean after a trip to the range. I read a sticky by canebrake on how to clean a 1911. But I have no idea how to detail strip a 1911 for a deep clean.

    I don't want to mess up my gun. Besides a few idiot marks, it's in good shape and I'd like to keep it that way.

    Any suggestions on videos or instructionals on how to disassemble for a deep clean?
     
  2. gunny91

    gunny91 New Member

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    I'm a gunsmith and there's a really good app if u have android its called " gun dissassembly " it has many different guns including the colt 1911 u can virtually dissassemble it it will help u out its helped me out a lot

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  3. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    YouTube is your friend. There are more videos on YouTube than you can count on this subject.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Here ya go. Look over on the right sidebar. The lower of the two is step by step w/ pictures. You will need a set of GOOD screwdrivers and some pin punches for a full "down to the bare frame" disassembly.

    http://www.surplusrifle.com/pistol1911/index.asp
     
  5. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    I would add that printing out a 1911 exploded view will also be helpful, there are a bunch out there a Google search away.
     
  6. Mercator

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    In case it is not mentioned elsewhere, your flathead screwdrivers should have hollow ground tips.
     
  7. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Any recommendations on the actual screwdriver(s) and punches I will need?
     
  8. Mercator

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    Grace is a well respected brand. I use Grace screwdrivers and punches. They come in several common sizes. You can get a set with everything, including a hammer or two.

    Rule of thumb is, steel to steel, plastic to plastic. Meaning, you need a small steel hammer and steel punches for steel pins, but a plastic or rubber mallet for plastic pins. To avoid the idiot marks, if you absolutely need a tool, use a brass punch, it is softer than steel.
     
  9. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Browning designed the 1911 to be able to be completely stripped using only parts of the gun. If there is not a full length guide rod or other unneeded parts.

    A hollow ground screwdriver is a better start than a mag floor plate though.
     
  10. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    You can also use a empty shell case flatten the open end and bam screwdriver.
     
  11. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    I'm ordering the Grace Gun Care set. Any recommendations for a bench block? My theory is buy once, cry once. I'd rather buy high quality, American made tools once.

    I may not need a bench block. What should I lay my gun on as I hammer pins out? I know I used a roll of tape for my Glock, but my 1911 is SS and I want the finish to not get damaged.
     
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  12. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Brownells or Midway USA

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t...locks/extra-large-bench-blocks-prod24254.aspx
     
  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    If you are willing to spend a couple of bucks, I would suggest getting one of the books from Kuhnhausen on the 1911. Volume 1 will meet your needs with pictures and a lot of "how to".

    Then you will not need to look up youtube every time.
     
  14. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I'm looking for this app, but all I can find are games. Who's the developer?
     
  15. gunny91

    gunny91 New Member

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    Noble empire is the developer

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  16. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Thanks, it's downloading right now. By the way, there's a "gun dissassambly 2" out.
     
  17. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Read the other day that four hours of video are posted on YouTube every minute. There goes my goal of viewing every video on YouTube.
     
  18. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    Most 1911 pins are a push fit.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIIT0Dv2JVA[/ame]

    [ame]http://youtu.be/4P4XJTKzKEU[/ame]
     
  19. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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