Disassembly Probs on a Colt 1911 - Need Sage Advice


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hotajax
May 5, 2013, 12:28 PM
Have a real old 1911 I inherited a few weeks ago. Am trying to field strip it, and having problems turning the barrel bushing by hand. Right now I have Aero Kroil soaking into the muzzle area, trying to loosen things up. I was successful in getting the spring to depress, but just can't move the bushing. Kroil can take a few days to work, but if the Kroil doesn't do the job, what are the right tools to be using to move this bushing? Thanks. Hot Ajax

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rcmodel
May 5, 2013, 12:36 PM
A barrel bushing wrench.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/212051/wilson-combat-barrel-bushing-wrench-1911-government-commander-officer-polymer-blue

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/315325/kimber-barrel-bushing-wrench-1911-government-commander-polymer-black

Failing that, You can tape the jaws of a Crescent wrench to protect the guns finish and get by with that.

rc

918v
May 5, 2013, 12:45 PM
Pop the slide release lever out, remove the slide, and you will not have to depress the spring. Kroil will break through the rust. Just give it time.

jhb
May 5, 2013, 01:48 PM
^yep. What he said. Remove the whole slide first. Take out the recoil spring and pieces and you can put more kroil from the inside as well...then a barrel bushing wrench and you are home free....hopefully.

Oddly I always take down my 1911s and tokarev pistols this way...removing the whole slide...oh just hold on to the recoil spring as you remove the whole slide as once the frame is clear it will bend and try to deform out....I just wrap my hand around the spring and slide until I can remove it, from the other side.

hotajax
May 8, 2013, 09:50 PM
I pretty much bathed it in Aero Kroil, waited a few days, then got the secret weapon out. My football player kid used his meaty fingers to turn the barrel bushing, and it moved. And the plug is not embedded in my kitchen ceiling. Thank you, gentlemen. Now I need a few mins to run it over to the range.

berettaprofessor
May 8, 2013, 10:42 PM
Or...you could get your hulking kid to move it for you :neener:

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