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1911A1 cleaning and maintenance

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by RONSERESURPLUS, Apr 30, 2010.



    Dec 11, 2009
    1911A1 Cleaning and Maintenance of the pistol unit 1B

    OK folks Unit 1 Discussed the Field strip of the Venerable 1911A1 Pistol and it's clones and copies, this unit will discuss
    the Cleaning and Maintenance of the gun in the field or after range time or normal carry and use?

    What all do ya need to do this, I have shown most of it in Pic # 1 this is all easy to find at any Gunshow, Wal-or K-mart
    and or gun shop, none of what ya see is a heavy $ investment and will last a long time if you clean it after use. What the
    use of Stainless steel brushes while they do last longer than Brass, they can damage barrel internals as well as mark up
    finishes on weapons, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

    Pic # 1


    How to do it! Once the Gun is Filed stripped (See Unit 1 Fieldstrip and maintenance of the 1911A1 pistol) you should have
    the parts laid out for cleaning, any Horzontal surface is workable, I used a Poncho when I was deployed and lost no parts
    that way and it was easy to clean after

    Use the Cleaning Brush and handle to Clean the Barrel I do Crown first see :

    pic # 2


    Then I reverse it and use a lot of Solvent to do the chamber end of the barrel see

    Pic # 3


    Then use a Tooth Brush or I like the Military weapons Brush with lots of Solvent to clean all surfaces of the barrel see

    Pic # 4

    Then place the Barrel off to the side after a light coat of oil is wiped on it and remove all excess oil.

    Now lets start to clean the Lower area, see

    Pic # 6

    As I stated you can use a tooth burch some folks use a barrel cleaning brush but I feel this kind of brush does a better job

    It's Possible to clean the slide this way see pic


    Then I use the same Brush soaked in solvent to brush out the magazine well see , I use a Cloth to remove the grit and dirt
    after the brush has removed the bulk stuff!

    Then I use the Bore Brush and Cleaning Brush to do the same srub and clean job on the slide, remember get it soaked in solvent
    and scrub all the dirt, fired powder and all out of all the surfaces inside the slide area see

    Pic #9

    Once you have completed these larger parts wipe them all off externally with a clean cloth and add a little oil and white the parts with
    your fingers all over then whipe with the cloth to remove excess, you don't need to leave a ton of oil, but if storning it, a light film of it is OK?

    Now lets scrub off, wipe off and Oil up the Small parts as in

    Pic #11


    Pic# 12

    I like then to do more scrubbing and cleaning of the barrel assembly with care invested in the barrel locking notches as in

    PIC# 14:[​IMG]

    Whipe all the parts off with a cloth soaked in solvent, dry and lightly oil, and if you have time re-examin the parts and look for worn parts, cracked, dings and dangs, if any noted set those aside for
    replacement from parts in Unit 2 or see a Gunsmith for other work required?

    I did this in my Laundry room, Total elapsed time 12-15 minutes including strip time? Use Minumal Oil, and a lot of Solvent and rags! No Need for fancy
    stuff here, use those old T-shirts and stuff you were gonna toss? Rember these with Solvent and Oil should be carefully disposed of as they are contaminated
    and can be flamable?

    While these claning methods are used for 1911A1, they do carry over to Browning High power and other Semi-Auto handgun designs, no MAGIC HERE,
    Hardly hard work INVESTED, and not a lot of time invested, a good time to take a Closer look at the handgun your trusting your life to? Right?
  2. oasis618

    oasis618 Member

    Nov 26, 2009
    Tacoma, WA
    When I get home from work tonight I'll post a thread on dryer cleaning and maintenance... ;)
  3. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Mentor

    Jan 29, 2005
    Ava, Missouri
    You sure do make a simple task seem and look complicated...
  4. Slamfire

    Slamfire Mentor

    Dec 29, 2006
    I pull the extractor and firing pin and clean those and the recesses they go in.

    I always find wax/lead/powder fouling around the extractor and in the extractor hole.


    Dec 11, 2009
    think what you mean is thanks?

    to all those that commented, I'm sure the awnser yoour looking for was THANKS? LOL

  6. Mad Magyar

    Mad Magyar Participating Member

    Jun 8, 2005
    Thanks for the post. Being a visual learner, I enjoy an informative post w/pics.:) I know how much time it takes to make a presentation like yours.:)

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