do you actually use a bushing wrench ???

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by ivarr, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    the only couple i took apart didnt need them. i have one though, although i dont know where i got it
  2. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    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.

  3. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    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.
  4. chucksolo69

    chucksolo69 New Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    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.
  5. artabr

    artabr New Member

    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.

  6. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA

    My current two 1911s are still stock outta da box.
    My SA tu-tone has a fairly tight bushing but I can remove it without a wrench.
    My new-to-me PT1911's slide/bushing/barrel fit is very sloppy and targets from the range reflect that too. It needs help...time for a rebuild!
  7. Hardballer

    Hardballer New Member

    Vice Grip works just fine thank you.

    I am just kidding. Never had to use one. I have a few in the bottom of the tool box.
  8. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I have to use one on my taurus. I fitted an ED BROWN match barrel and bushing to it, and that bushing fits tight. too tight to turn with your bare hands.
  9. sabre03

    sabre03 New Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    On my RRA I ruined a polymer wrench and didn't even budge the bushing; I had to buy a steel wrench to get it to move.
  10. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    I never needed one on mine.
  11. s+w1911

    s+w1911 New Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    I never use one. I use my thumb or a dime.

    And no dings in my ceiling
  12. Kieran McCaig

    Kieran McCaig New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    my Para needs the wrench to come apart right now,but maybe with more use.
  13. 308 at my gate

    308 at my gate New Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    Lost in SW USA.
    I know that the 1911 style 45's that I have, that I use a bushing wrench on is because the bushing itself is good and tight. The one on my series 70 I fitted my self and got rid of the finger type bushing for a solid one. It is my understanding that this will make for better accuracy for the pistol. So I believe that a tight fitting bushing is better, that I have to use a wrench on, than a loose one that I can take off by hand.
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