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So... how do you take apart a 1911 magazine?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Dorrin79, Apr 26, 2004.

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  1. Dorrin79

    Dorrin79 Member

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    I know it's wrong that I have to ask this...

    :eek:

    but I have no idea how to take apart a 1911 magazine.

    Can anybody give me the quick how-to?

    :)
     
  2. Bill Z

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    depress the follower below the first couple of witness holes, put a pin or pick or something that will fit through the holes below the follower to trap the spring. shake the follower out being careful to mind how it goes back in. Point the magazine directly down on the table/bench and remove the pin to relieve the tension on the spring, again, being mindful of the direction the spring goes in.
    Wear safety glasses, get all women and children and pets out of the room, notify any state safety agencies, etc...... before someone adds to the thread about the safety concerns involved in working with loaded springs. ;)
     
  3. Dorrin79

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    Thanks - maybe I'll do this in the garage...

    :uhoh:
     
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    Keep the door closed. ;)

    Seriously, do take note of how the spring is in there and in relation to the follower. If you put it in backwards, the follower will want to move too far forward on the last round. Really, it's a piece of cake.
     
  5. Dorrin79

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    well, with any luck my next thread won't be titled

    "How do I remove a Wolff Xtra Power Mag Spring from my Left Eye Socket?"

    :D
     
  6. yankytrash

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    Hacksaw'll cut off the floorplate (hey - it's now a "removable" floorplate!), duct tape puts it all back together.:D

    Hacksaw and duct tape, and when in doubt, use a bigger hammer...
     
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    Eye protection is a serious business. That is why I like to do this after I cover the entire magazine with grits and gravy! This tends to slow down the action from the escaping spring and if you hit yourself in the mouth, the follower is real tasty.
     
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    Grits and Gravy

    Dave said:

    Eye protection is a serious business. That is why I like to do this after I cover the entire magazine with grits and gravy! This tends to slow down the action from the escaping spring and if you hit yourself in the mouth, the follower is real tasty.

    Homemade Blackstrap molasses works better...All ya need for cleanup is
    hot biscuits. :cool:

    Thank GAWD I'm a country boy! woohoooo!
     
  9. Traveler

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    If you use a grinding wheel on the seams you can reweld when clean.

    Pliers have been used on both ends with mixed results. Straightening the feed lips is slightly better than pulling of the baseplate.

    Pliers should not be used to tightly grip the mag while working, and if you must put it in a vise care should be used.
     
  10. Dave Sample

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    Thanks for the tip, Tuner! The next time I am messing with magazines, I am going to use that stuff you talked about. Chip just sent me 6 mags for gunstands and thank God, there were no guts in them!
     
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    Nah! I just put magazines in the driveway and drive back and forth over them a few times. Opens 'em right up PDQ.
     
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