December 14th, 2005 09:15 PM
Originally Posted by Bud White
That's pretty much how I do it too. I converted all my SA mags to 8 round CMC Shooting Stars. Wolff also has +10 mag springs (extra power), I've had good luck with those as well.
A few tricks I use:
- When compressing the spring with a pencil use the eraser end, it gives added traction on the follower so the pencil doesn't slide off.
- I use a finishing nail through the witness holes - works great.
- Needle nose pliers make removing followers easier, just use care not to warp anything. Followers generally come out of the tube nose first (like a submarine surfacing).
- Lastly, pay attention to the spring orientation (coil pitch direction and end of spring configuration), there's a RIGHT way to install them and it's easy to put the spring in backward and upside down. The end of the coil spring grips a hook underneath the follower so it's important that the correct end engages the follower.
- For lube I use an old cotton cloth and a "smidge" of graphite powder (hardware stores sell it as a dry lube for door locks). Just a light wipe inside the tube and it's done ... and doesn't attract dirt/crud.
After you've done it once it's really easy, just sounds tricky at first.
December 14th, 2005 09:18 PM
That will work for any non removable base 1911 mag
December 20th, 2005 07:52 PM
I spray them with Brake Cleaner and let them dry.
Then spray with Rem Oil.
Seems to work.
Gun control is hitting what you aim at
December 20th, 2005 08:17 PM
I clean my magazines when I clean the firearms it feeds. Almost never.
I just take them apart and wipe them down. Light coat of oil on blued mags.
I normally go through 200-300 rounds a weekend...
Originally Posted by Bruces45
I'd start reloading but I cant afford a press because I'm spending so much on ammo (that and I really dont have anywhere to put a press at the moment).
December 20th, 2005 08:24 PM
Am gonna get a few Chip McCormick or Wilson mags for carry though.
You can save a little money if you go straight to the magazine manufacturers, none of the 1911 makers that I know of produce mags on site, including Colt, Wilson, Baer, Brown, Novak, Chip McCormick, etc., go right to the suppliers.
Solid base mags are not necessarily cheap-junk, I still use several that were made during WWII.
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December 24th, 2005 01:32 AM
I've noticed that all sorts of dust and other crap get into my gun and mags from clothing while carrying. I guess I'm a maintenance freak, but I want to KNOW that mechanically the gun is as good as I can make it. I'm sure you know the old saying:
If it's mechanical, it's not that IF it's going to fail, just a matter of WHEN. Hopefully keeping one clean will keep the "whens" away longer.
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