1911 Magazine Question

1911 Magazine Question

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    Question 1911 Magazine Question

    So, I ask this question knowing that it is rather stupid and the answer probably very simple, but honestly, I am stumped.

    How does one take apart a 7 round magazine for a .45 1911? I realized today that I have never cleaned my magazines for this weapon, and thought I should since I have free time.

    All of the mags I use for carry are simply the Springfield Armory ones that come with the pistol and loaded coupon, if that makes any difference. I tried taking apart a cheap no name mag first, thinking that the basedplate could jest be pushed out by getting a screwdriver behind and pushing towards the front of the mag, nope, that mag is now going in the trash. So, before I bugger up any more, I thought I better ask.
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    Buckeye,

    I have the same mags for mine. They have the shooting Star on them. Not sure about everbody else but I have a coffee can of kerosene that I dunk them in and let soak. Blow them out with the airhose and wipe down.

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    Yeah, I usually just dunk mags, but every once in a while I like to take them apart and have a look inside. With both my AK mage and mags for my Sigma there is like a button to push in on the bottom, then the baseplate slides off and everything else comes out. And those are the only mags I can think of that I have dissasembled.

    Upon further inspection of the mag I screwed up, it looks like th baseplate may be welded on, guess its not gonna come out by me pushing it.

    So, any ideas?
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    buckeye07,

    Here's a link to magazine disassembly & maintenance:

    http://www.sightm1911.com/index.htm

    Hope this helps.


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    Thanks for the link Captain,

    I found this one:
    http://www.m1911.org/stripin1.htm
    that shows dissasemply of the whole firearm with pictures, and the mags are down at the bottom.

    Apparently everything stay put together but the follower and spring come out the top for future refrence if anyone else ever comes accross this problem and doesn't feel like asking.
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    Don't feel bad, I didn't know either till someone asked here a while back. It is a bit trickier than removing a baseplate, but easy once ya have done it once or twice.
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    Also once you get it apart Brownells makes a Brush that is the size of the mag to clean them out

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    I'll help you get them apart, but it will cost you 10 bucks for me to tell you have to put them back together.
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    Just make sure you remember the orientation of the mag springs so you can put them back in the same way. Needle nose pliers make things easier and hemostats/forceps are even better if you have them. I use graphite powder to dry lube the mag bodies anytime I change the springs out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye07 View Post
    Thanks for the link Captain,

    I found this one:
    http://www.m1911.org/stripin1.htm
    that shows dissasemply of the whole firearm with pictures, and the mags are down at the bottom.

    Apparently everything stay put together but the follower and spring come out the top for future refrence if anyone else ever comes accross this problem and doesn't feel like asking.
    Thanks for the link. I've never had to take my mags apart (my husband does it all the time though) but I really liked the little animation about how the gun fires. I "knew" but I'm a visual learner and so actually "seeing it" helps me just put it all together and go "AHHHHHHH. OKAY!"

    I've taken my 1911 down to that point and taken out the sear spring and the main spring housing and all of that gotten the whole tutorial and was fascinated but it was really neat just to see it in that animation. I never knew a 1911 was so complicated and there was SO MUCH stuff back there until I got to see it with my own eyes.. John Browning was a genius.

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    I'll help you get them apart, but it will cost you 10 bucks for me to tell you have to put them back together.
    Well that is awfully neighborly of ya SIXTO, but I already figured it out. Figuring out how to put them back together was much simpler then figuring out dissasembly. Pliers do help, as do a paper clip to hold the spring down through a hole in the mag.

    Lima, you are welcome for the link, I found it useful, glad someone else did too.
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