1911 Lubrication

This is a discussion on 1911 Lubrication within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I'm looking for advice on lubrication of a 1911. I've heard lots of "advice" over the years. Oil, no oil, dry lube, etc. Any feedback ...

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    1911 Lubrication

    I'm looking for advice on lubrication of a 1911. I've heard lots of "advice" over the years. Oil, no oil, dry lube, etc.

    Any feedback on what does and doesn't work? Any differences in lubrication for different parts of the pistol?

    THanks.

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    i use mobile one mostly along with Brian Enos slide glide depending on carry or lot of shooting

    also i got some oil with my Les baer that seems to work very well

    you will get one hundred different answers to this question

    stay away from rem oil its crap and dont use wd-40 either

    The main way i do mine is oil and little grease on rails

    oil whole barrel wipe then grease the lugs and inside of bushing

    little spot oil on the disconnector and down the face of hammer to sear

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    I oil all my guns the same. wear points get spots of oil, then a light coat all over finishes.
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    Like Bud said you will get a 100 different answers so I basically go by the manual and use the best lube i feel work's the best. Right now that is Millitec-1, Blue Wonder has a good one and Tetra gun oil. I don't use grease but many do.

    Here is a helpful link on lubing a 1911 http://www.bullseyepistol.com/oiling.htm


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    forgot to add a light coat of oil on the whole gun let it soak in say 5-10 mins and then wipe dry

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    ...don't forget the barrel link & a smidge for the barrel bushing.
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    I'm using a generic Brand X 10WD motor oil and grease. Slide rails get greased. Barrel (at the bushing) get's a thin coat of grease. Oil inside the internal moving parts. Pretty much that's it. I like the smell of Break-Free CLP, but I don't use that on the 1911. That's saved for use in my AR-15 (brings back old memories).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White View Post
    also i got some oil with my Les baer that seems to work very well
    That's MMC (Molecular Metal Conditioner)

    http://www.originalmetaloy.com/products.html

    It's pretty good stuff, I've gone to using it on all my guns. It's a little thicker than CLP and tends to stay put a little better.

    On a 1911, I oil:
    barrel & bushing
    a drop on each barrel lug
    drop on each frame rail
    drop on the link/slide stop
    a drop on the top of the barrel chamber adjacent the slide

    During detail cleanings, every 1K or monthly, I oil the internals.

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    FOR LUBE...... no oil for me on my 5(or so) 1911's or IIRC none of the rest of my weapons 'cept for the AR's. (The only oil that I use on them is WD-40 and Break Free CLP.)

    I use grease. Little dabs hear and their. On the slide rails, and on most all of the surfaces that bare on each other during the firing cycle. Even on the feed ramp.

    Now let me stress >> I USE A VERY SMALL AMOUNT. I do not want it to run(leach) during the hot WX that we have down here in Fla. This hasn't been a problem so far. A very little goes a very long way depending on how it is applied.

    The brands that I use are :: Tetra Gun(grease) and Abu Garcia Silicote Reel Lube.

    As stated above,you will get hundreds of different answers on what to use and how to use it. This is simply my "system". ----
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    the best lube to use is to use a lube. the manual will tell you where to oil and how much to use. the brand is up to you. just about anything will work, except wd40.
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    Break Free CLP is a classic lube for firearms.
    CLP stands for Cleans Lubricates Protects

    FP~10 AKA FirePower 10 is another great one.

    Jardines Extreme is a tested great lube for Slide/Frame rails.

    I use Jardines on my rails and....gulp!...get ready...Sperm Oil for all of my internal firearm (long & short gun) lubrication needs.
    Sperm Oil is incredibly RARE these days and almost impossible to find but, I have enough (very old stock) of it hoarded to last me for the remainder of my shooting life.

    In my opinion no other oil (natural or synthetic) has ever topped it. As a plus it does not stain or corrode leather of fabric.
    In fact it is the best leather conditioner and more closely replicates the natural oil in human skin and animal hide better than any other substance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post

    I use Jardines on my rails and....gulp!...get ready...Sperm Oil for all of my internal firearm (long & short gun) lubrication needs.
    This is oil from the whale right?

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    yep thats the oil very hard and expensive to get now days

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    THanks to all. I had been trying just a dry silicone lube, but have switched to a grease on one pistol. Sure cycles by hand better.
    Shoots just fine.

    I had been told long ago by a police range master that guns were meant to shoot dry. No oil. Don't remember him specifying revolvers only, but that's what we were shooting at the time.

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    Ahhhhhh,....the police rangemasters. Should have asked him if he (actually) used oil in his car engine.

    Metal to metal contact causes friction and etc.,etc.,etc. -----

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