Brother in Arms
August 17, 2006, 09:45 AM
I was wondering if anyone has a smith and wesson 945? A freind of mine asked me I would clean his for him and I said sure. I was able to dissasemble the pistol and clean it but when I tried to replace the barrel bushing I ended up damaging it. Anyone know where I can obtain a new barrel bushing?? I am going to check with smith and wesson but I cant find it at any of the usual parts dealers.
Brother in Arms
August 17, 2006, 10:17 AM
I'm not sure if the barrel bushing is identical to the 952, but mine is very simple to re-install. On my 952, I coat the barrel with some gun oil. Then use a Q-tip and coat the barrel bushing with the same oil. Take your fingernail and slowly move the bushing to align with the barrel when you slide it into the slide. No pressure is needed. Can be done in seconds. Regarding a damaged bushing, I'd call S&W customer service and ask to speak to a Performance Center tech. Are you sure you can't gently realign the bushing with your finger? The key is coat with oil and do it slow.
August 17, 2006, 11:22 AM
The bushing insert is replaceable. S&W or www.briley.com should be able to help you out.
You may need to measure the outside diameter of the barrel so they can send you one just slightly larger. IIRC... the bushing insert inside diameter needs to be just 0.001" larger than the barrel.
The bushing is just turned 90 degrees to match the slots on the sides of the housing and then pulled out. It will be a tight fit.
When installing the barrel, don't force it into the bushing. It is a tight fit and it will bind a few times. Insert your finger through the bushing and into the end of the barrel and it will act as a guide to keep the two parts aligned as you put the barrel into the slide. A very clean bushing/barrel and a couple drops of oil really help.