1911 Field Stripping for Dummies


June 10, 2012, 06:28 PM
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.


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June 10, 2012, 08:42 PM
Well done. Thank you for the video.

BTW, BOTH of my 1911's have the "Idiot Mark"

June 10, 2012, 08:46 PM
I was showing a friend of mine how to take down and reassemble his and....yup, I did it to his.


June 10, 2012, 09:48 PM
Don't think of it as an "idiot mark", consider it to be a "learning curve indicator."

June 10, 2012, 09:50 PM
Good one.

June 11, 2012, 03:50 PM
Don't mean to criticize but you replaced the recoil spring backward. The captured end goes over the guide rod. Also, once the slide stop is initially inserted I like to grab the barrel by the muzzle and give it a push & pull just to confirm the link was captured. Otherwise good job.

For a solution to the idiot scratch (before it happens) see post #25 for the "log man mod."

June 11, 2012, 06:19 PM
Re. the spring, yup, sure did.

Regarding yanking on your barrel. Every man has to do what he has to do.

: )

Texan Scott
June 11, 2012, 06:49 PM
Excellent tutorial. I'd almost be tempted to say it shouldn't take that much time to explain something that easy, but YOU'RE RIGHT, it looks that easy to the new guy because you took that much time. Brilliant.

June 11, 2012, 10:26 PM
Another way to prevent the idiot scratch is to use a guitar pick to compress the spring/detent and then push the stop in.

June 11, 2012, 10:40 PM
That's a cool idea...

June 11, 2012, 11:14 PM
Paper??? or Plastic!!!


June 11, 2012, 11:25 PM
Exact same principle.

June 12, 2012, 01:44 AM
I accidentally put the mark on my father's Colt. Fortunately, the gun was polished stainless, and the mark polished right off with Flitz. The gun had never been fully disassembled before when I did it (and it's a Combat Commander with a 70 serial number), so everything was a little stiff going back together. Now it goes together with no problems.

My father never field strips his guns. I'm the only one who's ever taken them apart.

There's 2 schools of thought for stripping the 1911. One is to push the spring endpiece in and rotate the bushing. The other is to simply pull it back, push out the slide lock, and slide the whole thing forwards and off. The latter way is usually easier, though you have to be careful to not let the spring bow out while removing the slide. I tend to favor the latter method, especially since my father's 1911 has a Group Gripper full-length guide rod installed (one of the upgrades I put on to fix its accuracy issues). The spring isn't going anywhere, and normal disassembly would require tools.

June 12, 2012, 08:03 AM
Definitely more than one way to skin a cat.

June 14, 2012, 12:16 PM
Yep. If you go guitar pick you can drill a hole in it and wear it on a keychain/bracelet/necklace, something my ex was fond of doing...shooting not so much. I'm hesitant to say I've got to go "polish my barrel now". :D

June 14, 2012, 08:32 PM
Alrighty then....


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