My old 45

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by the Barbarian, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. the Barbarian

    the Barbarian New Member

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    I went to the range last week and ran two boxes of ammo the my 1911A1. So I figured it'd be really dirty and the palm safety was not working as new so I decided two kill two birds with one stone. It turned out I had broken the toe off of the spring last time I had it apart and it finally must have moved enough to cause problems. To the gunsmith who made it I went, whining all the way and he made me take it all completely apart, which I'd never done before and clean it properly. Then he gave me a new one, showed me how to put it in and told me to never let my gun get that dirty again! So much for, He works for me.
  2. garydude

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    Don't take it personal, but do take his advice to heart. A clean gun will run much more dependably than a dirty one. Our beloved 1911 design has a lot of margin for user error/omission in maintenance, but as with any machine or tool it can only withstand so much neglect before it falters.

    I clean mine after every range session- be it 20 or 200 rounds.
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    the Barbarian New Member

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    I usually do too, but have never remover the trigger, extractor, the sear or the firing pin. Man there was a lot of dirt every where. If I learned one thing, it's how to completely disassemble it without damaging it.
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    Something might be amiss. I've only detail stripped mine once and there was surprisingly little fouling. I do only run jacketed or plated through it though.

    What type of ammo are you using?
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    the Barbarian New Member

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    I took all my empties to the scrap buyer and they weighed 42 pounds, I got $67.29 @$1.50 a pound, I never did buy that reloader.

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