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

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Mosin_Nagant_Fan, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

    Mosin_Nagant_Fan Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Montgomery, AL
    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

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    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

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    I'd say I have it naked and bathed in less than 8-10 minutes.
  4. garydude

    garydude Member

    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

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    About ten minutes. Never timed it.
  6. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    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

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    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

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    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

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Amarillo, TX
    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

    PanhandlePop Member

    May 27, 2011
    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

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    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.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2012
  12. hd49

    hd49 New Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Well more than 10 min. but less than 30 min. All depends on how many rounds I shot that day.
  13. CharlieSW

    CharlieSW New Member

    Jun 19, 2011
    Sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes more -- then there are the times when I start swapping grips, and slide stops, and bushings, and ...
  14. Wolfrage

    Wolfrage New Member

    Feb 27, 2012
    Few minutes, well under 10, if done right after I get back from range and I'm not distracted by TV.
  15. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    20 to 30 here for most anything.
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