I just started trying to assemble my first 1911 from a kit and parts last night. I didn't get very far...
So, I got the trigger in, the sear and disconnector seated and pinned, the hammer and strut seated and pinned, the leaf spring in place, the MSH installed and pinned, and the grip safety seated. At this point, the hammer and trigger had the correct tension, and I could half-cock and fully cock the hammer, then release the fully cocked hammer with the trigger correctly.
Next the slide catch/safety spring and plungers went in and I tried to install the thumb safety (the left half of an ambi safety). Here's where the problem started. I spent a good 10–15 minutes trying gently to seat the safety in place, but no matter what I did the safety catch would slide in until it was close to the frame (maybe 1/8"–1/16") and not go in farther.
Then something happened—I think I fiddled with the hammer and when it draw back to half-cock the safety finally slid in all the way. Then to function check the safety I cocked the hammer completely…
…and then everything locked up. The trigger will not budge. The safety wiggles upwards a little but nowhere close to the fully engaged position. The hammer won't move. The grip safety has a little movement, what I would say seems to be enough to get out of the way of the trigger.
From this position I managed to remove the MSH and pull out the leaf spring. The hammer strut is loose behind the grip safety, but the remaining pieces are locked up tight.
So, how hosed am I? Is there anything I can do from here to back these parts out? And why was I having so much trouble with the safety in the first place?
I appreciate any help you kind folks can offer.
(Yes, I know about 1911forum.com, and I may end up asking over there, but I know there are a lot of 1911 folks here and that I trust the information on this forum. )