Breakdown, cleaning, and reassembling, how long does it take you to do so?

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  1. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

    Mosin_Nagant_Fan Active Member

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    I know that the 1911's ruggedness and complexity gives it its reputation as a reliable and tough firearm, but how long does it take you to break it down, clean and reassemble? Just curious because I might get one in a couple months, depending on any dire straits that might happen between now and then.

    It takes me about 1-3 minutes to detail clean my XD9, 2 hours to clean my PC, 3 hours to clean a 30 year old game console and 1 hour and a box of band-aids to clean my dog.:eek:
  2. medalguy

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    Never timed it but I'd say about a minute to field strip it, 4-5 minutes to clean it well, another minute to reassemble it. Not long.
  3. Country101

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    I'd say I have it naked and bathed in less than 8-10 minutes.
  4. garydude

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    A bit longer for me. I'd say 30 minutes is typical, but I rather enjoy the process so I'm not rushed.
  5. Hawg

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    About ten minutes. Never timed it.
  6. hogger129

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    I'd say about 10 minutes if I just do a quick cleaning. Especially since I tore out that stupid 2-piece guide rod and put in the standard short one with the solid plug. Goes much quicker.

    Then I just oil it up and put it all back together.
  7. Double D

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    You mean you have to clean them? Oh no. I guess I will have to look into that. Learn something new every day!
  8. todd51

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    DD, if you don't get out and shoot them you don't have to clean them. I am using the winter weather as an excuse. But when I do clean them it is just seconds to disassemble or reassemble but it depends on how fanatical I get when I am cleaning, could spend half an hour messing around some times.
  9. Clipper

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    Spending time with old friends is always more fun. Cleaning my 1911's is akin to fishing with an old pal or drinking a tot on the back porch while you tell Sea Stories. Don't buy one unless you want to spend that sort of time with it.
  10. PanhandlePop

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    As above, I can easily push through it in less than 10 min. But, I find cleaning to be part of the overall shooting experience and like to take my time when possible.
  11. carver

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    I'm sure I could get it done in under 10 minutes, but I'm one of those that take my time with most things. Probably less than 30 minutes, never checked how long I spend at it. There's only 40 something parts to the whole gun, and you don't break it down that far to just clean it up after a trip to the range.
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  12. hd49

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    Well more than 10 min. but less than 30 min. All depends on how many rounds I shot that day.
  13. CharlieSW

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    Sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes more -- then there are the times when I start swapping grips, and slide stops, and bushings, and ...
  14. Wolfrage

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    Few minutes, well under 10, if done right after I get back from range and I'm not distracted by TV.
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    20 to 30 here for most anything.
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