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1911 magazine release button installation

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by unbeliever, Jan 18, 2005.

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  1. unbeliever

    unbeliever Member

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    I'm getting my new Springfield 1911 straightened out, slowly but surely. There seems to be a problem with the magazine release button. It would stay in when pushed, rather than popping back out. I removed it using a flat head screwdriver (sorry, I don't know if all of these buttons use the same screws), but now I can't the button back in.

    Do you just loosen the button by turning the screw counterclockwise, and then tighten by turning it clockwise, or is there something I'm missing?

    thanks, and sorry for the stupid question

    jb
     
  2. 1911Tuner

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    Mornin' unbeliever,

    That's not a screw. It's a cam lock. If you removed it by turning it counter clockwise, you might have broken it unless you also pushed in on the release button and aligned it with the takedown slot in the frame...which would require very little turning pressure to rotate it a quarter-turn counter-clockwise.

    Look at the catch assembly and see if there's still a small, flat stem in the slot
    on the side of the catch and report back.

    Standin' by...
     
  3. unbeliever

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    Thanks 1911 Tuner. Luckily, I didn't break it, since it was apparently never really "in" to begin with. After much struggling, I gave up and let my wife do it! I guess she's a budding gunsmith, with smaller hands, and I'm good to go.

    jb
     
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