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I recently purchased a torkarev pistol from old russian surplus. The pistol is in good condition but has a ton of storage grease. Any recommendations on removing all of it?
 

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Set it out in the sun. That will soften the cosmoline, then wipe it off. You'll have to repeat as often as necessary.

Another method is to soak it in kerosene or gasoline. That will also dissolve the nasty stuff.

They're fun pistols to shoot. They're loud and the 7.62x25 round is a screamer.

Please post some pics for us at some point.
 

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I doubt you will have any warm car interiors for a few months.

Get a pan that the gun fits into (and your SO won't freak-out with you using to clean guns), remove any parts that can melt and prop the gun up so the grease will run out of the barrel. Pop it into a oven preheated to 200-250º and watch the grease melt.

When the melt is finished, (your call) remove and inspect. Remember the gun is 250º. (read: HOT!)

NOTE: Once the gun has cooled, then and only then wash the entire gun with Dawn dish soap. Blow dry and apply a thin covering of CLP or Cane's Mobil Mystery oil.

If that's confusing read this;

canebrake's 1911 platform pistol cleaning suggestions

I hope this helps, if not post more questions.
 

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It looks pretty clean. Have you found ammo for it yet, if not, get some fast. It's getting scarce with the panic buying that's going on. At least it is here down south of you.
 

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CA357 said:
It looks pretty clean. Have you found ammo for it yet, if not, get some fast. It's getting scarce with the panic buying that's going on. At least it is here down south of you.
Picked up 100 rounds of non-corrosive. I'm glad the ammo panic has not affected us, yet... Can get plenty of surplus ammo for about $350 for 2500 rounds.
 

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Cosmoline is a petroleum based rust preventative. Heat, like a heat gun, but not too crazy will soften it up, and brake cleaner will remove it. Remove the grips as the brake cleaner may hurt them. Soaking it will take care of most of it. WD-40 will help clean it up as well. Nice gun, by the way.
 

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Alright 1911 guru's, i recently got my tan hogue wrap around grips and while looking around ive see some duracoated 1911 slides to match the grip, im leaning towards doing so.

I have contacted lauer(duracoat) and they offered to match the grip color at no extra cost since they have not yet mixed this color.

Just looking for some wiser input before i start tearing it apart
 
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