Cleaning really a pain?

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Pastor C, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. doug66

    doug66 Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    Practice makes perfect. I used to hate to clean my Ruger MK II 22 pistol. Over time it becomes old hat.
  2. Doc1911

    Doc1911 New Member

    Jun 29, 2009
    Great post ...

    I have done 1911s for so long I have forgotten about my first time. Now the AUG A3: The first time was a learning experience. By the third time - it was simple. As doug66 stated, "Practice makes perfect."

  3. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Near Fairbanks
    1911's in 45 acp are not a problem to take down, clean and reassemble.
    Less enjoyable, for me, are my 10mm 1911's. The springs are harder to
    deal with.
  4. Hammerslagger

    Hammerslagger New Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    As our esteemed member in England mentioned, you can completely disassemble an original GI spec 1911 "down to the last pin" using no tools but other parts of the pistol. That's how Mr. Browning designed it.

    With a little practice you can do it with your eyes closed. With a little more study and practice you can keep your eyes closed scramble the parts, and put it back together again.

    Once, this is how apprentice gun smiths were trained. Sometimes called "learning to see with your fingertips".
  5. Doc1911

    Doc1911 New Member

    Jun 29, 2009
    I forgot to mention - do some reading at this site about your 1911. The left hand colum has several links.
  6. 40CalJoe

    40CalJoe New Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    In the middle
    The "horror stories" not doubt come from people who want things to be automatic. It does take more time to clean my 1911 than any of my Glocks. But I find the time relaxing.
  7. fyimo

    fyimo New Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    Most 1911's come apart really easy and cleaning is a snap. In the Arny we had to field strip and and reassemble them quickly so we practiced until we could do it blind folded. Now some of the new ones with custom fit bushings requiring a special wrench to take them down and it takes longer but it isn't really a pain.

    Now my Sig P220 comes apart in 4 seconds and back together almost as fast. Now that's easy. :)
  8. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska Former Guest

    never had a problem cleaning a 1911, nor any other pistol, I just hate it :)
    The easiest pistol of them all to detail strip and clean is the SIG P210
  9. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth

    Dang it man.... making me drool with envy so early in the morning.... Would love to have a 210 some day. I agree, Sigs are the easiest take down. I can field strip my 220 and 229 , re-assemble within 2 minutes easily. Never actually timed myself though...... yep, I'm off to find my stop watch.

    My .02 on cleaning and how to avoid the dreaded "where did this part go" is this:

    Learn the function and purpose of each individual part; then it's going to be easy to clean, inspect and know what is causing problems if you do have any malfuntions.

    I've found that many weekend plinkers have no real idea what a sear or disconnector is or does in their firearm. I can understand someone that has no idea how to rebuild a tranny or top end, but a gun that only has 20-30 total pieces? I think 99% of gunowners are capable of understanding it, it's just a matter of studying it.

    Semper Fi,

  10. crockett007

    crockett007 New Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    The 1911 service pistol is field stripped for cleaning easily. Literally millions of service members have learned this simple task in basic training. Usually in less than 30 minutes ......there is no horror involved I assure you.
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