I learned a very important lesson today

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by ScottA, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    So I picked up a new Ruger SR1911 today. This is my first 1911 and went to disassemble the pistol this evening. I can already tell that those of you who own 1911's have a grin on your face. "I know what he did... snicker"

    For those of you not familiar with 1911's and interested in picking one up, there is a critical point in the disassembly process that you need to pay very close attention to. When you go to twist the barrel bushing, DO NOT under any circumstances take your fingers or hand off of the spring cap. If you do, bad things will happen... bad things.

    Thankfully, neither the bushing nor the cap hit my wife, the dog, me, or the television. They did, however, make a nice mark on the ceiling. And they thankfully landed in the same spot on the other side of the room.

    Lesson learned.
     
  2. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Lol yeah, after thinking about doing a build your own 1911 and reading some schematics and DIY material, I came to a very decided NEVER!!! LOL

    Glad it came out as well as it could've.
     

  3. getem2011

    getem2011 New Member

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    Lol it only takes once to learn that lesson.
     
  4. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    I had one get away from me at the range never found the plug luckily the spring didn't get away. I keep a spare now.
     
  5. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've seen it happen, but I've never had it happen to me. Must be related to the fact that dad carried one in the Corps for over 15 years. Needless to say, he warned me about that little problem with them. When a Gunny tells you about a teardown procedure, it is in your best intrest to listen and follow his directions.

    Glad you found theparts, and no one got hit. The spring and the cap can leave one he!! of a welt. I've fallen victim to an "Oh $h1t!" moment once or twice.
     
  6. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    Been there, done that. Got the parts receipt to prove it. I did mine out on the patio so I wouldn't stink up the house with Hoppes. Unfortunately, I have a pool. Luckily the splash let me know where the parts had landed.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    SPROING! Aw, CRAP!
     
  8. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    At least you found it fast- Bet there are a few did that still looking :D
     
  9. scottmac

    scottmac New Member

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    Brownell's has a bushing wrench with an extension bump to contain the spring & cap while manipulating the bushing.
     
  10. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    LOL I disassemble AR's inside a dry-cleaning bag!
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    study up on the mark of shame too. thats the other pitfall of owning a 1911.

    looks like this

    [​IMG]
     
  12. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    What causes that?
     
  13. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Installing the slide stop/release badly :(
    Thats about the worst i've seen---
     
  14. jgoertz

    jgoertz New Member

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    I was tearing down my new Les Baer prior to firing it for the first time. I was doing it on the deck over looking the lake. Sproing. I launched the spring plug half way across the lake. Then I had to wait for the new one to come in before I could enjoy my new gun. Rats!!!!
     
  15. texasman55

    texasman55 New Member

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    I also was fortunate enough to have a father who was well versed in the 1911 to warn me about this issue... Unfortunately, I forgot to share this information with my brother who was disassembling his for cleaning recently and I got tagged in the a$$ with the spring cap... Luckily it was in the meaty side and I now remember to always be on the other end of a 1911 when someone is disassembling theirs, and also to warn them! Great story though! As the OP stated, I like many of you were snickering well before it got to the good part! Chalk one up to experience!
     
  16. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    My grandpa just gave my dad a Springer GI 1911, his first pistol. For Christmas I got him a couple mags and accessories and we sat down to take it down. I'm the gun enthusiast, but my father is far more mechanically inclined than I am.

    I kept explaining the concept of the "idiot mark" to him...and man oh man, he just seemed determined to run one from the trigger all the way through the top of the slide. There are just hairline marks for now, but I fear it's only a matter of time.

    Taking down a 1911 is a cinch...once you've done it a few times. But only those prideful owners who are absolutely determined not to wear the "idiot" brand will emerge unscathed.
     
  17. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The quirks of the 1911 are often learned after only one lesson. Kinda' like Garand thumb. ;)
     
  18. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    An essential item if you have a match grade weapon. And damn handy even if you don't.
     
  19. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Scott anytime you need some advice on how to take apart your guns stop on by....lol
     
  20. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    My Browning Hi-Power, understandably, wears a similar scratch. LOL