do you actually use a bushing wrench ???

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  1. ivarr

    ivarr New Member

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    i have never even thought of buying one
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  2. USMARINE1884

    USMARINE1884 New Member

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    I have about 4 of them laying around in the wrapper still. Every 1911 I have purchased came with them and I bout a bunch of wilson combat mags and they sent me one with them. I have use it once but on a friends 1911 that was his fathers from WWII and It was in a cabinet for years and a bit rusty and we needed it to really turn the bushing to disassemble the pistol for a good Restoration. That is the only time I ever used one.
  3. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I use one every time I field strip my 1911's. When I didn't use one, I lost the spring and plug way into the hereafter. My Kimber came with 1 or 2 as I recall.
  4. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    Bushing wrenches are necessary for Series 70 guns with collet bushings, and for tightly fitted bushings on match/competetion guns. They are seldom necessary on most guns.
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    They come with my Wilson Combats - but I have not found the need to use them ....
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    +1 Bill.
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    RJay Well-Known Member

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    Only when needed.
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    PPK 32 Active Member

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    No. Instructions for the Colt say to use one but I never have.
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    Didn't even know that they existed! Been getten along fine with out one for many years.
  10. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

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    I've needed one on every national match .45 I was ever issued. In fact, the gunsmiths didn't want us taking the guns apart, they did it. They weren't always around though.
  11. fyimo

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    My gunsmith installed a custom fitted bushing to my series 80 Colt Government 1911 and you will not take it down without a wrench - Period.
  12. Brian48

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    My old Essex custom 1911 had a very tight, match grade bushing. A wench was necessary to take if off. All my other 1911s were/are loose enough to not need it.
  13. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

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    I've got a Les Baer and a Clark both Bullseye guns, you will not get them apart without a wrench.
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    308 at my gate New Member

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    I have several of the plastic ones from brownells and use them on my series 70.
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    I've never used a "wench" on my 1911s but it has been necessary to use a wrench a time or two.
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    johnlives4christ Former Guest

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    the only couple i took apart didnt need them. i have one though, although i dont know where i got it
  17. Shooter45

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    If you can remove the barrel bushing from any Match 1911 without a bushing wrench, you need to fit a new oversized bushing to maintain accuracy. Most mil-spec 1911's can be broken down without a bushing wrench due to loose tolerances.
  18. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    While I am able to break my SA down without the wrench, I prefer to use it.

    Mine is a mid-range Mil-spec that has been fruther modified and tricked out by the factory.
  19. chucksolo69

    chucksolo69 New Member

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    Nope, been field strippin' .45 autos since Christ wore knee britches and never needed a wrench. The trick is to control the spring and plunger as you turn the barrel bushing; no rocket science to that.
  20. artabr

    artabr New Member

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    My Les Baer needs a wrench. I have a Briley spherical bushing on my Kimber that I can just remove by hand if I have to.


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