1911 grips and bushings

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Gojubrian, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I picked some hogue grips for the pro carry.

    The two top scews came out just fine, but the lower bushings and screws came out together. :confused:
     
  2. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    You can order replacement bushing and screws from Brownell's, goju, in any style of screwhead you want. Because now you'll probably tear up either the screw or the bushing trying to get them apart.
     

  3. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    I have the wrap-arounds. Did you get them or the panels?



    I had the same problem on the screws. I tightened the offenders in, very tight. Slow and steady. Then as fast as I could, I loosened them. That got the screws loose from the adaptors.
    If that doesnt work, apply a dab of threadlocker on the screw adaptors and tighten them back into the frame, and then play the waiting game.
     
  4. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Dangit! I was afraid of that. Thanks guys. :(

    p.s. It's the wrap around kind.
     
  5. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    I've been right there before, goju, and I know how you feel. Sorry! :(
     
  6. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    Yeah, best to order some screws and bushings. Make sure to get the right bushing for the grips you are using. There are thinner bushings for thinner grips. If the ones you are replacing are the same width as the ones coming off then the standard budging will do. I've had that happen a few times over the years so I tend to keep a couple/few sets around to help minimize my frustration.
     
  7. canebrake

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    Great suggestion Junkie. Us 1911 owners find having grip spares is a must when the easiest and most dramatic change you can make to your 1911 is a stock change!

    This inexpensive bushing installation tool is a must if you are going to thin bushings. It also helps to remove any anaerobic thread locked bushings without damage.

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    I got mine from Smith & Alexander. Call Alan or Barbara Smith (888-722-1911) and order one.

    Smith & Alexander - "The Mag-Guide People" Last item on the grip price list.

    Also get some Loctite blue, the smallest tube you can find. It will last you a lifetime.
     
  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    A big plus one on that suggestion. Loctite is a MUST for every gun tinkerer's tool box.

    JD
     
  9. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Well, I got lucky! I put the rubber grips back on and tightened the down pretty hard. Then I gave a quick twist to get them out and the screw came out the bushing stayed in. I was able to install the hogue wrap arounds and they feel good!
     
  10. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Excellent. I love the Hogue grips on mine.
     
  11. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    You use the green right JD? :p
     
  12. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Why the blue and not the red thread locking loc-tite?
     
  13. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Red is for permanent applications and would be a real bugger to get out, if needed.
     
  14. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I like, and use, the blue because you don't have to heat it up if you want to undo what you tightened down. It can be removed with hand tools and a little pressure.

    With the red, it sets up solid, but you usually have to heat the surface to undo it.

    While that may be okay for some applications, there are parts of a firearm that sometimes you would prefer not to risk tempering and changing the color just to undo something. :eek:

    On your own firearms, that might not be a concern, when you are doing work on someone else's firearm, well, I would prefer not to risk it. You know?

    JD
     
  15. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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