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Old 12-25-2010, 20:42   #1
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1911 fun-fact

The 1911 can be field stripped using internal parts as tools.



I would 'assume' all 1911 fans who have been around a while would know this. My lovely better 1/2 is pulling a shift at the ER on this fine Christmas Day so I invited some of the boys over this afternoon to watch a little basketball and we started talking guns. Two of them have been around 1911s for quite a while. One of them brought a 1911 and a new trigger and wanted to swap it out. The Laker game was a bust so I cleared a bit of the coffee table and went to work. He brought a small punch and a tiny screwdriver. I mentioned that these were not needed to get the trigger out and was met with a bit of skepticism.

So for those of you who are not familiar with the tools contained in the 1911:

- the thumb-safety axel is used to push out the MSH pin and remove the firing pin retainer/stop
-- the firing pin is used to push out the sear and hammer retaining pins
--- the bent tab on the sear spring is used to remove the mag release


The grips are still firmly but I'm sure JMB had the solution for that planned.

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Old 12-25-2010, 21:12   #2
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Yep, one of the reasons people swap out FLGR and the hex grip screws for flat screws. No tools needed to strip it.
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Old 12-25-2010, 21:14   #3
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You can also use a standard magazine to press down on the spring plug to rotate the bushing, as long as its not super tight.
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Old 12-25-2010, 21:18   #4
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Now let's see the glockers counter that.
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Old 12-25-2010, 21:19   #5
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You can also use a standard magazine to press down on the spring plug to rotate the bushing, as long as its not super tight.
.......nother fun fact, thanks!!

Is there a built in feature to remove the grip screws??

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Old 12-25-2010, 21:21   #6
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The front protruding lip at the base of a standard GI mag was suitable for stock screw removal.
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Old 12-25-2010, 21:28   #8
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Awesome, that is the coolest, most uber-1911-geek webpage I have ever seen.
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.......nother fun fact, thanks!!

Is there a built in feature to remove the grip screws??
For the original flat grip screws, use the bottom of the sear spring, as well as the mag base or the rim of a 45 case.
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Old 12-25-2010, 21:37   #10
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Wait.... wait.... so you're telling me you don't need a 49pc craftsman set to field strip this antiquated, unreliable platform that somehow made it 70+ years in military service??!!
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Old 12-25-2010, 21:41   #11
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wait.... Wait.... So you're telling me you don't need a 49pc craftsman set to field strip this antiquated, unreliable platform that somehow made it 70+ years in military service??!!
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Now let's see the glockers counter that.
A Glock does not need to be taken apart, just load and shoot!
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Old 12-25-2010, 22:06   #13
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Hey, creepy avatar dude, there is nothing in this thread relating to Glocks!
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Old 12-25-2010, 23:15   #14
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Hey, creepy avatar dude, there is nothing in this thread relating to Glocks!
Sorry to spoil your thread dude, I was replying to this:

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Now let's see the glockers counter that.
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Old 12-25-2010, 23:34   #15
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A Glock does not need to be taken apart, just load and shoot!
That's because they do it all by themselves.
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Sorry Flipper I don't want to go off topic but I couldn't resist.

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Old 12-26-2010, 06:14   #16
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[QUOTE=FLIPPER 348;16523803]The 1911 can be field stripped using internal parts as tools.

Hmmm....I'm thinking a 1911 and any other auto can be "field stripped" without using any internal parts. Doesn't field stripping get you to the internal parts?
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Old 12-26-2010, 10:00   #17
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Now let's see the glockers counter that.
My Glock never needs stripping.

Your turn.
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My Glock never needs stripping.

Your turn.
If you want to replace any of the internals (like in the original post) how would you do it then?
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If you want to replace any of the internals (like in the original post) how would you do it then?
It really depends on which recall....err.... "Upgrade" the glock would need.
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