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Amsdorf
06-10-2012, 16:31
When I got my first 1911, the thought of disassembling and reassembling it was a bit intimidating. So, I decided to make this video, shot in a well lit interior studio type setting, with clear, close ups and explanations. Respectfully offered for your use and consideration and sharing with others.

How to Field Strip and Reassemble a 1911 .45ACP Pistol - Clear and Easy to Understand in High Def - YouTube

glockin-45
06-10-2012, 18:01
Thanks for the video. I'm sure it will be very useful to some. Having been felt ridiculed
over the idiot scratch in the past. I never knew it was an unpardonable offence to have a mark on a fighting weapon, to some 1911 snobes, no one on this forum ofcource.

zibby43
06-10-2012, 19:58
Thank you for posting! Very useful.

Amsdorf
06-10-2012, 20:24
Thanks, glad you liked it.

itstime
06-10-2012, 20:24
Good video. Thanks. First time i had to do it was way before Youtube. LOL.

Amsdorf
06-11-2012, 08:28
Thanks, glad you liked it. It's being well received. I plan on doing a "Part II" demonstrating a full set of function tests.

alwaysshootin
06-11-2012, 09:13
If everyone who owns a 1911 would watch this, there would be no such thing as an idiot scratch!

Amsdorf
06-11-2012, 11:23
Always, not sure about that, and frankly, I would not sweat the "idiot mark" too much...I mean, these things are meant to be used, not simply treated like museum pieces, if they are not that.

alwaysshootin
06-11-2012, 11:37
Always, not sure about that, and frankly, I would not sweat the "idiot mark" too much...I mean, these things are meant to be used, not simply treated like museum pieces, if they are not that.

There was a day I my feel that way, but not anymore. With the cheapest manufacturing, and imported costing more than Glocks, for example. Not to mention most of Kimber, and Colt offerings costing a grand, no, I don't want an idiot scratch, and they can, and should, be avoided. I shoot my 1911's, that's why I bought them. If I am buying a $1000 1911, it had better not have an idiot scratch, no matter the age. Of everyone who has a 1911 watched this video, again, there would be no idiot scratches!!!!

plouffedaddy
06-11-2012, 11:43
Always, not sure about that, and frankly, I would not sweat the "idiot mark" too much...I mean, these things are meant to be used, not simply treated like museum pieces, if they are not that.


Agreed. The only one I am careful with when putting back together is my TRP because I love it :supergrin: The rest of my 1911s--eh, I just get it in there.

itstime
06-11-2012, 13:11
Thanks, glad you liked it. It's being well received. I plan on doing a "Part II" demonstrating a full set of function tests.

Thats a good idea. I learned a lot from them. My Kimber started to stove pipe. Yup. Went to the mags. Wasted some money before checking function of the extractor.

glockin-45
06-11-2012, 16:04
Agreed. The only one I am careful with when putting back together is my TRP because I love it :supergrin: The rest of my 1911s--eh, I just get it in there. +1, I'm getting an TRP, and i sure don't want a scratch on it!:wavey:

KennyFSU
06-11-2012, 16:10
I wish I saw this video sooner lol. Thanks.


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Amsdorf
06-11-2012, 16:22
Better late than never?

KennyFSU
06-11-2012, 17:15
Touché. My next 1911 will thank you.


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southernshooter
06-11-2012, 19:19
Great video, thanks. I spent the whole time wondering if your fingernails were painful down to the quick like that.

Amsdorf
06-11-2012, 19:46
Touché. My next 1911 will thank you.


Happy to help.
:wavey:

bac1023
06-11-2012, 20:07
Nice work :thumbsup:

denn1911
06-11-2012, 20:19
I like the video. You did a great job, and I'll forward it to my buddies. Thanks for posting.

Amsdorf
06-11-2012, 20:32
Thanks guys.

Veedubklown
06-12-2012, 17:00
Great video, long winded, but perfect for the guys who are head scratchin about how to clean their 1911's. Couple things that could have been good to add;

Some recoil springs are directional. 1 side of mine is open, while the other side is collapsed on the last coil to make a seat. The seat, goes against the guide rod. The open end goes in the cup.

Would have been cool to see a take-down with a Full Length Guide Rod, just to help those guys. Since you probably still have yours, and all.

Amsdorf
06-13-2012, 12:55
I put a note on the YouTube video about the spring issue.

I got rid of my FLGR, sold it.

Will never use one of those stupid things again.

Veedubklown
06-13-2012, 20:51
I put a note on the YouTube video about the spring issue.

I got rid of my FLGR, sold it.

Will never use one of those stupid things again.

It's the first part I ever saw fail on a 1911. The end cap came loose, thing bound up inside the gun, was a bear to get apart. Never understood em, and after that I didn't trust em. Just made to make your wallet slightly lighter.

Amsdorf
06-13-2012, 21:34
Absolutely the case, just a way to make the vast majority of 1911s buying them think they are getting something "really better" than the original design.

SonnyCrockett
06-14-2012, 03:20
20 mins for real?
a 1" piece if painters tape laid on the frame and youll never have a idiot scratch again
once assembled yank the tape off and your good to go

R0CKETMAN
06-14-2012, 04:11
This is not the way to disassemble a 1911 if you have a precise bbl to bushing fit common on many 1911's.

Edit: also note the idiot scratch you've created on the frame while rotating the slide stop.

Great job on the video sans the above.

skipsan
06-14-2012, 08:18
This is not the way to disassemble a 1911 if you have a precise bbl to bushing fit common on many 1911's.

Edit: also note the idiot scratch you've created on the frame while rotating the slide stop.

Great job on the video sans the above.


Agree 100%. An alternate method which addesses the tight barrel/bushing/slide and avoiding an idiot scratch is presented here:

http://m.youtube.com/#/profile?user=alchemycustom1911&v=eJhPari7dpc&view=videos

Amsdorf
06-14-2012, 08:36
There are always more ways than one to skin a cat. I find the method I demonstrate in the video to be the easiest method for me, others may find popping the slide stop first to be the better method for them.

I'd say that anyone who gets all worked up over a scratch here or there probably should not bother with functioning firearms, but simply purchase a replica and put it in a glass case and admire it as a museum piece.

Working firearms will get their share of dings, scratches and dents. And that's ok.

skipsan
06-14-2012, 08:57
There are always more ways than one to skin a cat. I find the method I demonstrate in the video to be the easiest method for me, others may find popping the slide stop first to be the better method for them.

I'd say that anyone who gets all worked up over a scratch here or there probably should not bother with functioning firearms, but simply purchase a replica and put it in a glass case and admire it as a museum piece.

Working firearms will get their share of dings, scratches and dents. And that's ok.

The point is that going after a tightly fit 1911 as shown in your video will adversely affect the barrel/bushing fit over time. How much time--don't know but as long as there's an alternative method that wont mess up the pistol, I'll go that way. Whether it's "easier" or not isn't too important, when the difference in "easiness" is measured in minutes, if that.

As for scratch prevention, there aren't too many of us who would/could laugh off a nasty assembly scratch on a new 1911, whether it cost $500 or $5000, when there are easy, alternate methods for assembly available. Honest handling wear is one thing--easily avoidable mistakes causing an ugly blemish are another.

okie
06-14-2012, 09:01
Nice video my friend:thumbsup:

plouffedaddy
06-14-2012, 09:25
I'd say that anyone who gets all worked up over a scratch here or there probably should not bother with functioning firearms, but simply purchase a replica and put it in a glass case and admire it as a museum piece.

Working firearms will get their share of dings, scratches and dents. And that's ok.


Well said.

Amsdorf
06-14-2012, 12:18
Thanks, guys. Appreciate it.

R0CKETMAN
06-14-2012, 13:57
There are always more ways than one to skin a cat. I find the method I demonstrate in the video to be the easiest method for me, others may find popping the slide stop first to be the better method for them.

Agreed. In fact the method portrayed in the video is often seen in owner's manuals. However, if you are aware the method used in your video degrades accuracy on some 1911s with precision fit bushings it would be best to disclose this fact.


I'd say that anyone who gets all worked up over a scratch here or there probably should not bother with functioning firearms, but simply purchase a replica and put it in a glass case and admire it as a museum piece.

Working firearms will get their share of dings, scratches and dents. And that's ok.

There's a difference between unintentional and avoidable... It's referred to as "Idiot" scratch for a reason:rofl:

Again, nice video as a whole. Please consider another which would avoid these two issues.

BMF99CamaroSS
06-14-2012, 16:50
Not too bad. Should reshoot it tho showing the correct way to put in the recoil spring. That could be a problem if someone sees that and puts it in backwards. I know there is a note, but of you are doing a "how to video", it should be right. Not being rude, just saying.

Amsdorf
06-14-2012, 18:28
BMF, yes, that's kind of what that very large and very prominently displayed note was all about on the video. You are just saying, something kind of silly.

Amsdorf
06-14-2012, 18:29
Please consider another which would avoid these two issues.

Nope, it's just fine as it is.

But if you want to make a video on it, go for it.

Amsdorf
06-14-2012, 18:40
Nice video my friend:thumbsup:

Thanks.

COLDSTEEL165
06-17-2012, 01:56
I use a piece of a business card stock, when putting the pin back in, As a pre caution to help keep the Idiot Scratch from happening. Its a little assurance for me.

Amsdorf
06-17-2012, 08:55
That's a good way to do it too. Thanks.

Dave.1
06-17-2012, 10:07
Thanks for the work on the video. Clear explanation and well done technically.

Very informative for a non 1911 owner. Always good to know how to field strip what comes my way.

Dave

Amsdorf
06-17-2012, 18:37
Thanks for your kind remark, Dave.

jb1911
06-17-2012, 19:25
I'm proud of my idiot scratch. I got it before there was an Internet.

Amsdorf
06-17-2012, 20:45
I'm proud of my idiot scratch. I got it before there was an Internet.


:yourock:

BMF99CamaroSS
06-18-2012, 15:52
BMF, yes, that's kind of what that very large and very prominently displayed note was all about on the video. You are just saying, something kind of silly.

You are making an instructional video. There should be no notes to describe your mistake. If you are making a video on how to do something, it should be 100% and you should know what you are doing.

Amsdorf
06-18-2012, 17:48
Get over yourself, just a little bit. OK?

BMF99CamaroSS
07-05-2012, 20:48
Get over yourself, just a little bit. OK?

I got a question for you. Is this video as factual as the book you wrote that you got called out on by revoking the book's doctrinal review certification? Basically even your peers in the church think you are a moron too, right?

http://ichabodthegloryhasdeparted.blogspot.com/2010/07/epic-fail-of-paul-mccain-mdiv.html

faawrenchbndr
07-05-2012, 20:55
Get over yourself, just a little bit. OK?

Hard to believe, after reading your posts here, that you are,
or claim to be a Lutheran Minister.

Why the user I'd change ptmccain? :whistling:

TxGun
07-05-2012, 21:18
I can understand a novice doing it (idiot scratch) once. I can't understand anyone who has done it once doing it again. Scratching up a nice gun simply because you are too lazy to learn proper reassembly??? Hell, use an aid (tape, card, etc.) if you have to. It's easily done correctly...unless, of course, you really are an idiot. In that case, I'd suggest you avoid functioning firearms and simply purchase a replica to play with, LOL. I was an FFL holder and sold guns for 10 years or thereabouts. 1st thing people notice on a used 1911 is that scratch (if there).

faawrenchbndr
07-05-2012, 21:35
Always, not sure about that, and frankly, I would not sweat the "idiot mark" too much...I mean, these things are meant to be used, not simply treated like museum pieces, if they are not that.

A scratch from use is one thing. A scratch due to ignorance of
the weapon is shameful. It's called an "idiot scratch" for a reason. :whistling:

Amsdorf
07-06-2012, 04:18
Thanks, guys, nice topic bump, insults and all.

I think you guys need to hit this button (http://www.dramabutton.com/).

:whistling:

faawrenchbndr
07-06-2012, 08:07
Take a good LONG look in the mirror,.......ptmccain! :whistling:

Truth hurt,...........? :dunno:

Two user ID's? Very interesting, Amsdorf/Ptmccain!

BMF99CamaroSS
07-06-2012, 08:22
Thanks, guys, nice topic bump, insults and all.

I think you guys need to hit this button (http://www.dramabutton.com/).

:whistling:

We already hit the only button we needed to hit. The ban Amsdork button!

faawrenchbndr
07-06-2012, 08:39
We already hit the only button we needed to hit. The ban Amsdork button!

That was easy - YouTube

Amsdorf
07-06-2012, 09:21
HIT IT NOW!! (http://www.dramabutton.com/)

fnfalman
07-06-2012, 09:56
I'd hit it for America.

Oh wait, are we talking about Katy Perry?

HIT IT NOW!! (http://www.dramabutton.com/)

faawrenchbndr
07-06-2012, 10:20
He who wishes for DRAMA, posts a "drama button" link. Pathetic at best! :faint:

Kevin108
07-06-2012, 10:34
Nice video my friend:thumbsup:

Okie, you have the best attitude of anyone on the entire internet. I need to search your posts but I don't think I've ever read a negative word from you. :thumbup:

Amsdorf
07-06-2012, 10:48
Agree! Thumbs up

Amsdorf
07-06-2012, 10:54
Let's take a look again at the OP

When I got my first 1911, the thought of disassembling and reassembling it was a bit intimidating. So, I decided to make this video, shot in a well lit interior studio type setting, with clear, close ups and explanations. Respectfully offered for your use and consideration and sharing with others.

How to Field Strip and Reassemble a 1911 .45ACP Pistol - Clear and Easy to Understand in High Def - YouTube

faawrenchbndr
07-06-2012, 11:06
Keep in mind,......Amsdorf/Ptmccain has been banned from
numerous forums for spamming forums with his "money making
videos". Many of these are riddled with incorrect information.
Do not take ALL of the provided information as gospel.

Amsdorf
07-06-2012, 11:19
Hurry, Wrenchie needs the drama button!!! Please help him get his post count up to 25,000!!!

faawrenchbndr
07-06-2012, 11:27
Just making sure everyone knows your agenda!
So why the user I'd change from ptmccain? Looks like you stopped
using that one 02/06/2012. Started with Amsdorf 05/05/2011



http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/member.php?u=156980

Amsdorf
07-06-2012, 11:29
Just making sure ...

Thanks for the BTT on the topic. Always appreciated.

:wavey:

faawrenchbndr
07-06-2012, 11:31
You're welcome,........:tongueout:

Amsdorf
07-06-2012, 13:47
And another BTT...thanks, bro.

maxmanta
07-07-2012, 12:58
My Wilson CQB has a recessed ramp machined into the slide stop that makes installation a snap. With it, there is no excuse for the idiot scratch (known around here as 'railroad tracks').

Not to besmirch our men and women in uniform, but a former army guy asked if he could disassemble the gun I was using at the time(a bare bones Springfield). Being a friendly sort, I let him. When he reassembled it, he gouged a track from the trigger guard to the slide stop. When I got pissed about it, he said that was how he learned it in the military.

That's fine with Uncle Sam's property, I told him. Not with mine. He said it was okay since it didn't affect the function of the gun.

As compensation I suggested he allow me to take a piece of rebar to the hood of his truck. After all, it wouldn't affect the function of the vehicle.

He said no. For some reason, he explained, iit was "different."

I still know him. We're not friends.

DaneA
07-07-2012, 13:40
Your video couldn't have been better timed. I just brought my first 1911 home and really hadn't ever taken one down. I've watched at the LGS a few times and had an idea. But without your video I, too, would probably have an "idiot" scratch.

THANKS!!!!

Amsdorf
07-07-2012, 14:45
Dane, just remember if you do happen to scratch your 1911 you are worthless piece of pond scum!!!!!

Or, at least that's what all the big-shot, tough-guy experts would have you believe.

Ignore them. Take your time. If you feel like you need to stop to check where you are, do it.

It's fun, but .... don't let the 1911 "gurus" around these parts intimidate you.

They put their pants on, one leg at a time, that is, before they put their panties on.

:rofl::supergrin::wavey::cool::tongueout: