Another Dirty 1911
Got no response at all on this elsewhere. Maybe I am the only one who caes ???
Picked up a SA Fulled Loaded 5" today. It looked good but obviously needed some cleaning and a couple of idiot scratches attended to ... not bad at all .... As I tore it down - completely, though that was not my original intention - I again learned that the outside may not reflect the inside. This nice looking stainless was so dirty inside that I decided the guy sold it because it had develop cycling problems. Gun Scrubber, bronze brushes, Hoppe's, JB Bore Compound, Flitz, some stone work (ramp was incredible, looked like case rims had pinged the ramp - yes, I know brass is softer), ... I finally put it away in reasonably good shape. I picked up another 1911A1 two months ago and it, too, was dirty to the point of being non-functional. In the two month ago case the seller admitted the gun has issues but "worked perfectly for a couple of years". Talking with him I realized he had no idea how to break the gun down. It functions flawlessly now, hope today's does as well. 'Cleaning' for him amounted to spraying it down with WD-40. I like WD-40 and Duct Tape as well as the next guy, but in its place.
I do not understand this attitude/approach by owners of nice guns! I have purchased used shotguns and rifles that were as bad. A Rem 1100 that was filthy and had the gas seal completely burned into pieces. I will sure pick up a bargain and do a bit of cleaning and repair but why do folks let this happen? Scared to break it down? Afraid to go to a smith or ask someone's help?
"Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns!" But, we are moving that direction.
NRA Benefactor, Vet VN '64-'65
Never sell a gun or a car and you can retire right!!