Stripping and Cleaning a 1911 Pistol.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by axxe55, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. axxe55

    axxe55 Well-Known Member

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    well i did something i haven't done in many, many years. completely stripped my 1911 pistol down to the bare frame and slide. cleaned and polished all the internals and then reassembled it. i am quite proud of this accomplishment! i think it's been at least twenty years since the last time i dit it. now i'm ready to start a new build of another 1911 pistol and i'm thinking i am going to either build or modify a Commander this time.
     
  2. Shooter

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    Have you started the new build yet?
     

  3. axxe55

    axxe55 Well-Known Member

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    not yet. with my new job change and having to drive further to work time spent working on guns is a lot shorter. hopefully within the next several months i will be able to start on it. i need to find either a donor pistol or buy a new one to convert. haven't made any concrete plans of yet as it is still in the designing stage. plus i already have a bunch of other projects that need completing.
     
  4. Hyphenated

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    Now you are going to have to take it out....go shooting and get it dirty again. It's a vicious cycle. :rolleyes:
     
  5. axxe55

    axxe55 Well-Known Member

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    don't i know, Hyphen, don't i know! but it's a lovely vicious cycle!:D
     
  6. duster066

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    In the last few years I cleaned two guns I know had never been cleaned, but both were cared for so not rust buckets. Both were tight and hesitant performers before cleaning, and both excellent sweet running guns after I cleaned them. I clean a gun after every shoot. With me it's kind of annal, I actually like cleaning them. It was the only time I was turned loose with them in my early education. Pop's would give me the gear and guns and go relax. So I took a liking to cleaning guns. They run much better when they are clean and oiled.
     
  7. axxe55

    axxe55 Well-Known Member

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    i agree Duster. the plus side is, by cleaning them after every use, you can find things that need to be fixed before they become a bigger problem. i have bought used rifles, that after a very good thorough cleaning would shoot a ragged hole when done. i am a big advocate of proper cleaning and maintainance.
     
  8. Shooter

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    I do that with my FIL. He goes to bed, I stay up late cleaning all the rifles.

    Works well. He pays for the ammo, I clean. He hates it. I find it soothing.
     
  9. axxe55

    axxe55 Well-Known Member

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    good trade Austin! i too find it relaxing to clean my firearms. i will go out to the gun shed and turn on the radio and just spend some quality time with them.
     
  10. Shooter

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    I do the same at the kitchen table.

    It's nice. The house is quiet, I'm left alone with my work.
     
  11. 28Shooter

    28Shooter Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    I like cleaning guns too. The smell of Hoppes always reminds me of past generations in my family.
     
  12. axxe55

    axxe55 Well-Known Member

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    ain't nothing like the smell of Hoppe's #9 drifting through the house! sometimes it takes me back to when my father was teaching me how to clean guns and teaching me about shooting. the time spent with my father shooting and learning about guns when i was a child are a special time in my life. he passed that love of firearms on to me and thanks to my father for that special time and for teaching me about guns. he created for me a hobby that has brought me much enjoyment over the years.
     
  13. axxe55

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    actually i ordered a RIA commander sized pistol yesterday from my LGS. they are on backorder, so i am not for sure as to when it will arrive.

    in the configuration it comes in, the changes will be a new grips, sights, trigger, grip safety, thumb safety, slide release, and some other minor details. won't for sure change out the barrel until i see how accurate it is with the factory barrel. i had thought about just ordering a frame and slide from Brownell's and have them sent to my LGS, but with the cost, i found i would be cheaper buying a complete and ready pistol and just modifying it a little at a time.
     
  14. greyhawk50

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    Last edited: Jun 3, 2012
  15. axxe55

    axxe55 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Grey, those are pretty neat. shows the operation of the 1911 and how all the parts work together.
     
  16. aka

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    I Love the smell of Hoppes#9 also. Recently I began using FrogLube, smells very pleasant does a really good job removing carbon build up.

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