I finally got my first 1911

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    Quote Originally Posted by scbair
    Shoot it before you decide on "add-ons." Some folks (like me) are lucky enough that the standard grip safety & 1911 spur hammer have never caused any discomfort. Only change what needs changing!
    I agree, I have a milspec and the only thing I have done to it is hogue grips. That I am thinking about changing. I will tell you this though. Expect two things when you pull the trigger. A trip through time experiencing what every soldier who has carried the weapon felt as he squeezed off a few( man I need to go shoot that thing) and instant, I mean, instant toe curledge..... "Was that good for you, yes sir! may I have another."
    Listen, Think and React.....Nuff Said.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirForceShooter
    "Alternatives"??
    They Exist?
    Can't be.
    There are others but they're not Alternatives, they're "others"
    And we won't ever discuss Plastic.

    AFS
    There are 2 types of handguns, 1911's and those who want to be 1911's.
    IMHO they are the most comfertable sidearm there is, and they have timeless good looks. I like the commander model for CCW better than the 5", but many many people here cary the full size on a daily basis. Another thing, my SA is very finicky on the mags it likes, I heard the GI's are too.

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    Bruce,

    I haven't experienced that with my GI. I've tried several 'cheap' mags as well as some higher dollar magazines. They all functioned flawlessly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe/OH
    Bruce,

    I haven't experienced that with my GI. I've tried several 'cheap' mags as well as some higher dollar magazines. They all functioned flawlessly.
    Huh, seems like the only mags I can get to work all the time everytime is the 2 that came with the gun.

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    Argh!!!!! Im not even at the range yet and Im having problems!


    Im going to try to get to the range to test this gun tomorrow. So today I decided to field strip and clean it. The Barrel bushing is VERY tight. At first I was dumb, and put a wrench to it. Of course it lost grip of the bushing and very slightly marred the tip of the barrel. Thank god the crown is o.k.! I then used a dowel and hammer to tap the bushing clockwise. After a thorough cleaning, I thought the bushing would work smoothly. Wrong! This sucker still doesn't wanna work.

    Now Im frustrated. Im going to put this project away for a few minutes.


    Is it normal to have a super tight bushing? Any suggestions?

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    Is it tight on the barrel or the slide?

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    Don't Worry

    Best thing to do is exactly what you just did. Put the firearm away for a while.
    Frustration/anger & working on guns just don't mix.
    Buy a bushing wrench.
    They are cheap.
    Some barrel bushings do fit really tight in the slide.
    Put a small drop of oil on the bushing before you put it back it the slide.
    I like my bushings to fit just loose enough so that I can field strip without a bushing wrench.
    Sometimes after you disassemble a few times they get easier to move all by themselves.
    Once you get your bushing wrench you can "work" the bushing back & forth inside the slide for a while & that usually helps wear it in to your slide.

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    Is it tight on the barrel or the slide?
    The slide

    Tomorow im going to look for a wrench. I think it would be even harder to assemble, than diassemble

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    Get a plastic bushing wrench not a steel one

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    Mental note to self: Never do anything that requires thinking when I wake up!


    At work I was cursing my bushing delima. When it occurred to me, to use the proper tools. I got home took out the good old Break free, and channel lock pliers. I let the CLP soak into the bushing and notch in the slide, and presto! The bushing is moving, not easily but its moving.

    I read an internet article on how to use the parts of a 1911 as disassembly tools. John Browning forgot to add a part to use as channel lock pliers! Im abit ticked how I didn't do this earlier, now my slide and barrel is scratched. Ya know... My grandpa Never liked shiny new guns, he claimed they had no character. Maybe hes right?

    Hopefully Ill get a chance to try out this newly beat up 1911, today when I wake up.

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    no no

    not channel lock pliers.
    one of these (below)
    They are only a couple of dollars.
    Any good gun shop in your area should sell them.
    Sometimes you can get a printed nylon one
    free from a large gun store.



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    RANGE REPORT:

    I fired about half abox of ammo. My cases come out dented. Form what I ve been told, the extractor needs adusting? Pluse on the last round or two of the mag I get feeding falures. Im gussing need new or different mags?
    On the pluse side. I dont need a bevertail safty, and sight replacement isnt nessesary, but disireable. I would say the recoil is much easyer to handle than my Glock 19. Im guessing that the longer tube, and low pressure ammo has someting to do with it.

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    Dented cases are normal as it doesnt have a lowered nor flared ejection port before ya go buying new mags shoot it some more to break it in usually take about 500 rounds at most usually by 2-300 it should ahve most of the failures stopped..

    make sure you lube it good

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    My GI dents the cases too. I think they all do. No real damage to the brass though - I've reloaded brass shot (and dented) by my GI in excess of 6 times without a problem.

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    That's a relief

    An older gentlemen at the range was the person who suggested I fix the extractor. Hes probably used to older Colts, or heavily customised 1911s. Or doesn't know what hes talking about. I was wondering if the feeding failure might of had to do with the break in period. I decided to stop shooting, until I got some input from you guys. After all I did enough damage using channel lock's
    Ill try to kill of this box, maybe two boxes. Tomorrow and or Sunday.

    make sure you lube it good
    I was scared that it was over lubed, from all of the CLP I used on the bushing.

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