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Ii suppose now I have had this gun a few months. I have been firing it without cleaning now for an estimated 500 rounds, using loads with Unique.

At first, it was just an attempt to break it in. I had two small instances of a failure to return completely to battery during my initial first 50 rounds, but all that it took was a slight push on the back of the slide with the thumb to fix.

But every chance I had, I would take it out and shoot it doing nothing more than adding a little oil to the slide rails, and lugs inside the slide, doing this without field stripping.

I did fully expect it to start malfunctioning at some point, but after about 250 rounds, it just kept right on humming along. Outing after outing, I would just add oil and shoot.

Finally, after this past weekend, I finally gave up, and took it completely down for a detail cleaning. This was the dirtiest I have ever let a firearm get. There was literally a paste or sludge build up in the slide, around the link, around the extractor, and recoil spring. It took me a good hour to clean it up.

I used a little Tetra gun grease here and there upon reassembly, and it operates like its on ball bearings.

Im not an expert on the 1911, but I would highly recommend this type of break in for any new all steel gun.

As far as this particular one, like my plain jane Gov model, it is definitely a keeper, and will get lots of carry time.....until I get that Delta Elite, then I guess it will have to share me:image035:
 

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Thanks for sharing. I'm glad that you've had good success with this gem. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!
 
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GMan that is typically how I treat a newly acquired 1911. Run that sucker dirty as long as I can stand looking at it. Usually that will take about 500-700 rounds. I then detail strip and check for the mating of parts (specifically the sear and hammer hooks, barrel link and slide stop pin, barrel feet and VIS contact surfaces, upper barrel lugs, and whether or not the barrel is riding the link). I know this is overkill but it's one way I make sure everything is working the way it should. The other is by shooting the snot out of it!

It's a beauty. Enjoy!
 

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GMan that is typically how I treat a newly acquired 1911. Run that sucker dirty as long as I can stand looking at it. Usually that will take about 500-700 rounds. I then detail strip and check for the mating of parts (specifically the sear and hammer hooks, barrel link and slide stop pin, barrel feet and VIS contact surfaces, upper barrel lugs, and whether or not the barrel is riding the link). I know this is overkill but it's one way I make sure everything is working the way it should. The other is by shooting the snot out of it!

It's a beauty. Enjoy!
Thanks DG. I suppose its time to place an order for more of the RimRock TC lead bullets. I love those things. They cycle great and are easy to load.
 

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Thanks for sharing. I'm glad that you've had good success with this gem. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you sir. How is yours doing? Do you shoot it much?
 

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Your Drill Instructor would be ashamed.

Never go to bed with a dirty weapon G-Man!
 

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GMan that is typically how I treat a newly acquired 1911. Run that sucker dirty as long as I can stand looking at it. Usually that will take about 500-700 rounds. I then detail strip and check for the mating of parts (specifically the sear and hammer hooks, barrel link and slide stop pin, barrel feet and VIS contact surfaces, upper barrel lugs, and whether or not the barrel is riding the link). I know this is overkill but it's one way I make sure everything is working the way it should. The other is by shooting the snot out of it!

It's a beauty. Enjoy!
The only 1911 gun I've ever owned since new is a Colt Gold Cup. It's hiccuped on occasion though much less in recent years. Maybe it's because I shot a large quantity of ammunition through it over a long, fun afternoon session at the range on an occasion. Haven't considered it before but that may have been about the time it sorted itself out.

Alternately, one could just slather the frame in valve-grinding compound, reassemble the pistol, and shoot the hooey out of it.

Only kidding! Only kidding! Don't do this at home!
 
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Excellent post, Gman.

Your break-in procedure is well known to us older 1911 shooters, the unburnt power, carbon, and oil make a great lapping compound.

Keep-up the good work!!
 

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Can't see all I want to see from the pic, but she sure is a beautiful piece. The grips are classy. Congrats on a reliable firearm (they tell me 1911's are old, outdated, and unreliable, weird....)
 

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Your Drill Instructor would be ashamed.

Never go to bed with a dirty weapon G-Man!
Yup. Old habits die hard. Whether it is 1 round or 300, my guns get broken down and cleaned ASAP. Leaving a gun that dirty would nag the back of my mind until I couldn't stand it anymore. :redface:
 

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Yup. Old habits die hard. Whether it is 1 round or 300, my guns get broken down and cleaned ASAP. Leaving a gun that dirty would nag the back of my mind until I couldn't stand it anymore. :redface:
Lol, it did bother me. But, I had my other Colt too, which allowed me to deal with it.

A little admission though; unless I was preparing for a weapons inspection, I never cleaned my A2 or other TO firearm white glove clean. In the back of my mind, I knew that a little carbon acted like a lubricant, and I always went very light on the oil.

The only part of my rifle that was lightly oiled was the bolt part that slid into the bolt carrier group, and a light film on the carrier. This kept my rifle running even when the shooting was hot.
 
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Nice! Lots of interesting photos and videos on your photobucket too.
 

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Lol, it did bother me. But, I had my other Colt too, which allowed me to deal with it.

A little admission though; unless I was preparing for a weapons inspection, I never cleaned my A2 or other TO firearm white glove clean. In the back of my mind, I knew that a little carbon acted like a lubricant, and I always went very light on the oil.

The only part of my rifle that was lightly oiled was the bolt part that slid into the bolt carrier group, and a light film on the carrier. This kept my rifle running even when the shooting was hot.
So you were a grunt, instead of being at 8th & I.

In country, especially during the Shamal season, my weapon would usually appear dirty on the outside. In the deer there was no helping it. And guys that used too much oil stopped that habit pretty quickly. But inside my rifle was always well maintained.
 

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So you were a grunt, instead of being at 8th & I.

In country, especially during the Shamal season, my weapon would usually appear dirty on the outside. In the deer there was no helping it. And guys that used too much oil stopped that habit pretty quickly. But inside my rifle was always well maintained.
I have a pic ill have to dig out and post. In it my face is black from soot, my clothes are drenched from the winter rain, and I have just finished crawling thru tunnels and burnt out tanks (T-52) looking for intel. I wore a poncho and kept my rifle clean as possible.

In another pic, I have an old rattle trap Colt and holding EPW's while waiting for IT to begin interrogations. The Colt was a pretty good shooter, and I used it while crawling and snooping thru bunkers.

They looked like hell on the outside, but like you said, were good to go internally.
 

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Here ya go Buckeye45; not the best pics because I had to take them with the iphone and repost. I was a tunnel rat. I would go into bunkers and clear them out, and gather intel for the S-2. Its a job nobody wanted, but what the hell, I signed up for the adventure.









 

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Nice pictures G-man. Lebanon? Or 1st Gulf?

I was my squad's point man. Another job no one wanted, but what the hell, someone had to go first.
 

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GMan doesn't the Custom Carry Govt come with a green f.o. novak front sight ? How do you like that setup ? I really like the looks of that Colt, I especially like the lack of front slide serrations. I wouldn't complain if the front serrations on my XSE were absent.
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These photos and comments are moving.

You who served are special and deserve admiration, gratitude, and respect. Y'all are the real deal!
 
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