<sigh> oh crap, that's bad

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  1. 68c15

    68c15 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I finally got some time to get to working with the ambidextrous thumb safety on my Rock Island 1911. As some may recall if I go through 2 mags the left side starts coming out and the plunger goes flying.

    I had it at old job where I would file down the large flats so that the two halves will fit tightly together. During the job change it got buried in a box of other stuff and I drug it out this afternoon. I had tapped the two parts into the bare frame to check fit just before job change. It fits great, no gap on the mating parts.

    Today I decided to put the gun together. First step is to remove the safety so I can put other parts in frame. The normal process of using a business card or small screwdriver didn't work. Then I tried using my pliers with rubber coated jaws. It was really stuck together so I had to use a bit more force. Pliers kept slipping. Then I clamped the left lever in my bench vise with soft lead jaw covers.

    As much as I tried I could not get it to budge. That's when I made the stupid mistake. I used my small plastic hammer to tap the frame away from vice. Well, I got the left side safety out. But it broke in the process. The pivot pin snapped off the lever.

    If anyone has a black ambidextrous safety I can buy cheap I promise to be careful, install it, get the gun back together and not do anything stupid with it ever again
     
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    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Todd, Todd, Todd. What should I say?
     
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    Broot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Is this the one you cleaned in the dishwasher?
     
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    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    And then threw it in a box and forgot about it :(.
     
  5. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

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    You have had nothing but problems with this gun.:(
    The BIG thing is the problems are not the guns fault (Hint- Hint).:p
    Guess I can expect another phone call about it.:D
    Mike
     
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    carver Moderator Supporting Member

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    You know that you could have saved your self all of these headaches if you had taken the pistol to a gun smith, and had it done right the first time, right? Well, the good news is it ain't to late to let an expert fix it right, the first time!:D
     
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    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    I think you should box the thing up and just get rid of your problems. PM me for an address to send it to!!;)
     
  8. 68c15

    68c15 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Oh, I have an address. It's in New York State. It just might find its way into a box and onto a UPS truck.
     
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    goofy Well-Known Member

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    Send it with the 10s.
    Mike
     
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    Broot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    He is scared to. He's a mechanic and knows what happens when someone brings in a car they tried to fix themselves first ;)

    $$$$
     
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    tuckerd1 Moderator Supporting Member

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    Put a standard safety in it.
     
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  12. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

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    Why not just replace it with a roll pin.:confused:
    You do not need the safety with that gun.:eek::D
    I know you NEVER do anything stupid.:rolleyes:
    Mike
     
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    68c15 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Now that's a good idea Mike. Thanks. I'm off to the hardware store for a roll pin now
     
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    I hope Todds life insurance is up to date :eek:.
     
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