Rusty Springer

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    Rusty Springer

    Sad day for me... Well it was Friday anyway. I shoot a couple/three times a month and always clean my weapon after I shoot. On the week or two a month that I don't, I generally try to make sure the 1911 stays oiled and as lint free as possible for something carried in my pants (or kilt) everyday. Then I got busy with work... I didn't wipe it down for a about 3 weeks. I unloaded it Friday and went to wipe it down, when it looked like there was some rust on the end of the barrel... So I field stripped it and shined a light down the bore... AND THERE WAS RUST ALL THE WAY DOWN IT!

    I called up Springfield and had a FedEx label emailed to me within the hour. I shipped it off to them on Monday morning. The received it Tuesday morning and I guess I'll either be receiving it back or getting a phone call about it sometime relatively soon...

    Anyone ever have something like this happen? I can't believe rust cropped up that fast - and on a well maintained gun no less...

    The good news is that since my mom still doesn't carry much, she's letting me carry her Ed Brown until the Springer comes back home.
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    Your mom has a Ed Brown?Wow!

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    Bummer. That's quite a Mom you have there. Would love to have an Ed Brown!

    I've posted this product countless times here on the Forum. It's called Militec-1. It's a lube/conditioner that'll keep your Springer corrosion free once you've Treated it with the lube. Use there directions to the T the first time. I use nothing else and the product is fantastic.

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    SA will hook you up. They have IMO the best customer service out there.

    Good luck. My SA 1911 is my favorite pistol by far and has never rusted in it's 16 years of life.
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    I remember the OP post some time back about his Mom and her Ed Brown. Very Cool. Sorry about your gun...I am sure SA will take care of you.
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    Did you try to clean the barrel/bore first? If it just has light surface rust it likely will clean up with a good cleaning using brass brushes and a good solvent. I have had many milsurp rifles and pistols through the years that I purchased that had some lite rust in the bore and have always been able to clean the bore and make it rust free. light surface rust is generally easy to remove before any pitting begins.
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    I tried that and it helped, but try as I might I couldn't get it all...
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    Are you serious? Do you expect Springfield Armory to be liable for a maintenance issue that is clearly an owner responsibility?

    Would you blame the auto maker if your car's engine seized up because you forgot to put oil in it?


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    Yeah I do since it's a well maintained firearm and there's no reason it should rust like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    Are you serious? Do you expect Springfield Armory to be liable for a maintenance issue that is clearly an owner responsibility?
    I agree, the last thought on my mind would be to send it in. Brass brushes and Militec for a few hours, followed by a baking doused in the stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinDooley View Post
    Yeah I do since it's a well maintained firearm and there's no reason it should rust like that.
    It's metal...will rust is not cared for. Same as any other metal, whether formed into a gun or something else.

    I bet Springfield will take care of you, but it isn't the fault of their product. Let us know what they say.

    Too bad about the rust, but sounds like your mom is cool :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinDooley View Post
    Yeah I do since it's a well maintained firearm and there's no reason it should rust like that.
    How do you store the handgun at home? If you place a dirty, powder fouled gun in an area were moisture is present (not in a gunsafe with a Golden Rod lets say) the moisture will accumilate in the dirty bore and rust will appear. This will happen in almost all guns. I cannot see how the problem is with the gun. Did you have any issues with the 1911 before you forgot to clean the gun? SA will help you with this but it may end up costing you something if the barrel needs replacing from bad maintenance.
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    My SA Champ showed some rust on the bore , barrel and mainspring housing after I was caught in a downpour and didn't get to change for about 4 hours after that. It did clean right up though.
    A good cleaning and oiling may have prevented the rust, I would be sure you keep the gun moisture free as possible when not in use.
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    RB-17 will take the rust right off; I have used it for years; as for preventing that from ever happening again, send the gun to someplace like accurate plating & weaponry and have the gun hard chromed. it will make the gun lock up like a bank vault, and will never wear and you will have a gun that will never rust that your grandkids will be shooting one day......
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    I didn't forget to clean the gun - as I said I clean it after every shooting. What I didn't get a chance to do was my weekly oil for 3-4 weeks (that I also didn't have time to shoot during). When I am not wearing it (about 6 hours every day) it is on the nightstand next to me while I sleep. It's not a humid room, but it's not overly dry. This gun literally never hits the safe because it is always on me or within reach.

    After much scrubbing it became apparent that this was some kind of deeper problem and I called Springfield.

    They called today to say the barrel had been replaced and the weapon was on its way back. Should be here via FedEx Tuesday.
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    Out of curiosity, what brand of lube are/were you using on the gun?

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