Saturday, February 07, 2009

Side note on the 1911

I was informed recently (or not so recently, I've been busy) that I messed up a little on the 1911 breakdown.

Essentially; remove the thumb safety *first*. Alter your reassembly as required.


Blogger Brigid said...

If any one could show me an easy way to get my little .22 plinking gun, the Ruger Mark III back together after taking it apart for a good clean, without a semester at MIT I'd probably marry them.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Dr. StrangeGun said...

Heh, normally I'd leap at such a suggestion, but I don't own a Ruger .22.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Yeah I was taught to use the thumb safety to push out the mainspring housing pin.
On a GI 1911 no tools are needed to detail strip it. The flat sear spring is used to remove the magazine catch and the grip screws. The original grip screws could also be removed by using the rim of a Dummy cartridge or used brass.
The Hammer Strut is the tool used to depress the firing pin while sliding the firing pin stop from the slide.

Brigid: are you listening to the right Music?

My 1995 MKII Target is no problem, but I recently picked up a MKIII 4" for a plinker and it is a royal pain to disassemble without using a rawhide mallet, brass drifts and a few choice words. Next cleaning session I am going to compare the finish of the parts and see if there are any glaring differences.

1:14 PM  

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