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Palouse
07-27-2010, 09:12
I'm picking up a NIB Springfield TRP today, and it's really my first 1911. I recently sold a G21SF and was without a .45, and I've hemmed and hawed over whether to buy a 1911 for over a year, but I've finally gotten my dealer to a price where we're both satisfied.

Most of my pistol shooting life I've done the polymer thing, so I really don't know much about the 1911 other than I've really wanted one. Ergo, a few questions. Is break-in any different than any other pistol? Is there any initial maintenance I should do that's unique to the 1911? At what break-in round count should I be comfortable trusting the pistol? Any special tools I should buy? Where and how often should I be lubricating the pistol? Any tips are appreciated.

faawrenchbndr
07-27-2010, 09:30
Welcome to the addiction! :supergrin:

Tons of info here,.....


http://forums.1911forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=21 (http://forums.1911forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=21)

http://vickerstactical.com/tactical-tips/lubricating-the-1911/

I would field strip, clean and lube prior to shooting.
300-500 rounds is an acceptable break in period.
I run FMJ ammo during trhe break in period, then shoot 200-300 rounds
of the ammo I want to carry to ensure function.

3rdgen40
07-27-2010, 09:45
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faawrenchbndr
07-27-2010, 09:50
Nevermind,........

Palouse
07-27-2010, 10:11
Thanks, guys. I got your replies via email.

Rinspeed
07-27-2010, 10:15
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Nevermind,........





:dunno:

faawrenchbndr
07-27-2010, 10:25
Not worth getting into.

No special tools needed to maintain a 1911.

Quack
07-27-2010, 10:31
i run a slurry of JB Bore Compound and oil on the frame/slide rails and work it by hand.

Palouse
07-27-2010, 10:32
Thanks for the links, FAA. Very helpful. Disassembly of a 1911 is not quite like a Glock. I don't think I'd have gotten the thing apart or back together on my own.

faawrenchbndr
07-27-2010, 10:40
Thanks for the links, FAA. Very helpful. Disassembly of a 1911 is not quite like a Glock.
I don't think I'd have gotten the thing apart or back together on my own.

While you need to take some with a bit of humor, there are MANY good videos on YouTube as well!

Palouse
07-27-2010, 10:44
i run a slurry of JB Bore Compound and oil on the frame/slide rails and work it by hand.

:shocked: Seriously? JB Bore Compound at the junction of the slide/frame? I only use JB when breaking in a rifle bore. How long do you do this? And why, exactly?

Not questioning you at all, BTW. Just ignorant.

faawrenchbndr
07-27-2010, 10:52
I can not really answer for Quack,.....he's 10 times more knowledgeable than I
However, I would assume the slurry acts as a very fine polishing compound for breaking in the slide to frame rail fit

Quack
07-27-2010, 11:00
I can not really answer for Quack,.....he's 10 times more knowledgeable than I
However, I would assume the slurry acts as a very fine polishing compound for breaking in the slide to frame rail fit

that would be it. does the same thing as shooting the mythical 500rds to break it in. i got the info from 1911Tuner, who is more knowledgeable than me.

i rack the slide a few hundred times and cleaning and re-applying the slurry along the way.

i do this on production guns, the only production gun i didn't do this to was the Remington 1911-R1 so i can give an accurate range report for an out of the box gun.


some manufacturers will say not to clean it until after 500rds. the reasoning behind that is that the unburnt powder will mix with the gun oil and provide final lapping

Quack
07-27-2010, 11:06
from Wilson Combat

We recommend you do a few things prior to shooting

1) Watch the videos and read all instructional information
2) load your magazines several times and then keep them loaded so the xtra power springs take the appropriate set.
3) Buy 3-500 rounds of quality hardball or load an appropriate amount of good reloads.

To break in

1) Make sure your pistol is well lubed
2) Shoot a few hundred rounds (300-500) through it prior to a thorough cleaning. (The slurry of the oil and unburnt powder burnishes the Armor-Tuffed mating surfaces and will give your pistol a glassy smoothness that our guns are noted for.)
3) if you have a malfunction, note which magazine and keep track.
4) Clean at 300-500 rounds If all goes as planned, lightly lubricate and enjoy your new pistol.

Hokie1911
07-27-2010, 11:19
Check out the big brain on Quack!

http://www.areyouscreening.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/pulpfiction2.jpg

Quack
07-27-2010, 11:24
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:yNJmNLX9QWVbfM:http://www.thecylindershoppe.ca/Pinky.gif

rsxr22
07-27-2010, 12:24
congrats on the TRP. Im sure you will enjoy this gun very much!

Palouse
07-27-2010, 14:05
Sigh.

Well, I took off lunch to buy this thing, and the manager reneged on what I thought was the negotiated the price. Now I'm back to square-flippin'-one.

faawrenchbndr
07-27-2010, 14:09
That SUX!

Guess it was meant to be,.......find another shop!

Palouse
07-27-2010, 14:16
That SUX!

Guess it was meant to be,.......find another shop!

They're the only one in town.

I just called and spoke to the guy, expressed my disappointment, and he's working on it...needs to talk to the owner.

Good grief, I feel like I'm buying a used car.

Quack
07-27-2010, 15:01
not sure what the price that you were given, but Jetguns.com (Bud's Gun Shop in Paris, KY) has TRP's for $1272

faawrenchbndr
07-27-2010, 15:09
They're the only one in town.

I just called and spoke to the guy, expressed my disappointment, and he's working on it...needs to talk to the owner.

Good grief, I feel like I'm buying a used car.

Get on Gunbroker,.......there is a search engine there to find FFL dealers by zip code.
Search it and have one sent from Buds to another dealer close by

CMG
07-27-2010, 15:18
Bummer!

I really enjoy my TRP, it is my only (modern) full-size .45 and I don't feel the least bit under-privileged with it! :supergrin:

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b175/pb9x19/SATRP.jpg

bdoub1eu
07-27-2010, 15:22
I'm picking up a NIB Springfield TRP today, and it's really my first 1911. I recently sold a G21SF and was without a .45, and I've hemmed and hawed over whether to buy a 1911 for over a year, but I've finally gotten my dealer to a price where we're both satisfied.

Most of my pistol shooting life I've done the polymer thing, so I really don't know much about the 1911 other than I've really wanted one. Ergo, a few questions. Is break-in any different than any other pistol? Is there any initial maintenance I should do that's unique to the 1911? At what break-in round count should I be comfortable trusting the pistol? Any special tools I should buy? Where and how often should I be lubricating the pistol? Any tips are appreciated.

Did the exact same thing. Sold my G21 and added some money and got a TRP (first 1911). I've only had Glocks in the past - still have a few...

I put about 300 FMJ rounds through it and around 100 hollowpoints before I carried mine. I never had any issues but I did chuck the Springfield mags and get a few Chip McCormick Power Mags. Again, it's been flawless.

I just keep it well oiled (slide rails, where the hammer connects to the frame, basically anywhere moving parts are touching each other - others may disagree but it's what I do).

Here's a good video I used last night to re-assemble mine (had about 1000 rounds through it and wanted to do a detail strip - I've only done field strips in the past).

http://www.m1911.org/ReassemblyAnimation.htm

Congrats on the TRP. It's a great production 1911. Enjoy!

glock2740
07-27-2010, 16:51
Congrats!

Quack
07-27-2010, 16:56
Congrats!

Congrat that he wasn't able to buy the TRP?

Apprentice
07-27-2010, 17:32
My TRP break in was as follows: squirt in some Break Free (it was handy) and get to shooting. 1200 flawless rounds later I cleaned it for the first time. Fantastic pistol.

Hokie1911
07-27-2010, 18:17
Congrats!

Yeah, way to rub it in......Jerk. :tongueout:

Congrat that he wasn't able to buy the TRP?

bac1023
07-27-2010, 18:18
Sigh.

Well, I took off lunch to buy this thing, and the manager reneged on what I thought was the negotiated the price. Now I'm back to square-flippin'-one.

:steamed:

Palouse
07-27-2010, 20:39
That Karrass negotiating class I took years ago paid off.

I am in possession. And I am tickled pink.

I am a 1911 owner.

:pepper::pepper::pepper::pepper::pepper:

Quack
07-27-2010, 20:47
pics (even crappy ones) or it didn't happen :tongueout:

Palouse
07-27-2010, 21:35
pics (even crappy ones) or it didn't happen :tongueout:

As requested, a crappy photo. :supergrin:

http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp111/qapchu/SATRP.jpg

Quack
07-27-2010, 21:43
nice!!! i would've sold you mine ;)

CMG
07-28-2010, 02:34
Sweet! :supergrin:

Rinspeed
07-28-2010, 04:17
Nice job. :thumbsup:

LRB2GZ
07-28-2010, 08:43
Nice 1911! When I can afford it I think my next one will be a TRP.

lawdog734
07-28-2010, 08:45
I have been eyeing a stainless one myself. I'll have to sell my Kimberly raptor first

Hokie1911
07-28-2010, 08:47
I have been eyeing a stainless one myself. I'll have to sell my Kimberly raptor first

DONE! I've give you $50 for it.

jamaicanj
08-05-2010, 18:52
Congrats. Glad the deal finally worked out for you.

bac1023
08-05-2010, 19:54
That Karrass negotiating class I took years ago paid off.

I am in possession. And I am tickled pink.

I am a 1911 owner.

:pepper::pepper::pepper::pepper::pepper:

Awesome! :cool:

bac1023
08-05-2010, 19:55
As requested, a crappy photo. :supergrin:

http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp111/qapchu/SATRP.jpg

Very nice :)

Ruggles
08-05-2010, 20:27
DONE! I've give you $50 for it.

I will see that $50 and throw in $40 more, and I will even throw in a 2'x4' piece of brand new carpet so you can take a picture of you new TRP that will fit in on this forum !

samuse
08-05-2010, 21:34
My TRP break in was as follows: squirt in some Break Free (it was handy) and get to shooting. 1200 flawless rounds later I cleaned it for the first time. Fantastic pistol.


That is how a break in works on a good gun. Not FTF, FTF, FTE, FTF, FTRB, FTF, FTE, FTF..ala Kimber:rofl:

Palouse
08-06-2010, 09:49
Thanks, everyone.

I had a chance to take it out this last Saturday, and I put 75 rounds through it. All I had was Hornady TAP and Blazer, and it fed everything without the slightest hiccup. I'm not a 1911 guy per se, so I really have nothing to compare it to other than my plastic-ware, but it feels very tight and very well machined. It has a solid, authoritative feel to it that my other pistols don't have.

The only unfortunate thing about the shooting was that I was out at the farm, and all I had to shoot at were dirt clods. As such, I've no real proof of how accurate it is, but it did seem to shoot high, and not by just a little bit. However, I won't really know until I get it on paper. My goal was just to check feeding and get a feel for the TRP since I haven't owned a pistol with an external safety in a very long time. That's going to take some getting used to.

I won't be able to take it out this weekend, but next weekend, paper.

Zombie Steve
08-06-2010, 10:14
First, congrats. I have yet to experience any hiccups with my TRP.

Second - just remember that you can't over-oil a 1911. Run it wet and life will be good.

Last - 1911's often require a "six o'clock hold" (left).

http://pistol-training.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/sightimages.jpg

brisk21
08-06-2010, 17:54
First, congrats. I have yet to experience any hiccups with my TRP.

Second - just remember that you can't over-oil a 1911. Run it wet and life will be good.

Last - 1911's often require a "six o'clock hold" (left).

http://pistol-training.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/sightimages.jpg


My TRP aims like the middle image. One ragged hole!!!!

rsxr22
08-06-2010, 18:20
Yes i aim like the middle diagram as well