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Post by SW-52 on 10/7/2018, 1:06 pm

Hi People,i want recommendations for the essential tools for dissassembly 1911 frame for cleaning and maintenance. Thanks.
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Re: 1911 dissassemby/assembly tools

Post by dronning on 10/7/2018, 1:40 pm

I've got it down to a barrel bushing wrench, screwdriver for the grips (get a gunsmith set or you will bung up the slots on tight screws), a punch (get a set) to remove mainspring housing and depressing the firing pin to remove the firing pin block, a tweezers to place the sear & disconnector and a 10-8 plastic armorer tool to push the safety detent spring in while reassembling the safety (thin screwdriver works too). Brass/plastic hammer might be needed to reinsert the mainspring housing pin. 

Don't forget to use a small tray for parts, they tend to go missing.

I'd suggest watching a couple of videos and see what they use.

- Dave .
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Post by Gary Wells on 10/7/2018, 3:40 pm

Darn, I'm not a very brave person. I've never torn a frame down and have owned about 85 handguns, almost all auto's.

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Post by SW-52 on 10/7/2018, 6:07 pm

dronning wrote:I've got it down to a barrel bushing wrench, screwdriver for the grips (get a gunsmith set or you will bung up the slots on tight screws), a punch (get a set) to remove mainspring housing and depressing the firing pin to remove the firing pin block, a tweezers to place the sear & disconnector and a 10-8 plastic armorer tool to push the safety detent spring in while reassembling the safety (thin screwdriver works too). Brass/plastic hammer might be needed to reinsert the mainspring housing pin. 

Don't forget to use a small tray for parts, they tend to go missing.

I'd suggest watching a couple of videos and see what they use.

- Dave .
Thanks Dave!
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Post by LenV on 10/7/2018, 6:14 pm

You need a little hammer for the punch set.

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Post by JKR on 10/7/2018, 6:35 pm

Hey SW-52,

You've been doing this for how long now? You're just now thinking about cleaning that thing? Better include a pressure washer in you list of tools!

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Post by SW-52 on 10/7/2018, 6:37 pm

JKR wrote:Hey SW-52,

You've been doing this for how long now? You're just now thinking about cleaning that thing? Better include a pressure washer in you list of tools!

Jim
Lol
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Re: 1911 dissassemby/assembly tools

Post by SW-52 on 10/7/2018, 6:38 pm

https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/gunsmithing-tool-kits/1911-armorer-s-add-on-pak-prod41515.aspx
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Post by zanemoseley on 10/7/2018, 7:17 pm

That appears over priced.

Get a brass punch kit, brass hammer, gunsmith flathead set, bushing wrench. Thats all you NEED, some other stuff might be nice to have not not essential.

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Post by SW-52 on 10/7/2018, 7:45 pm

zanemoseley wrote:That appears over priced.

Get a brass punch kit, brass hammer, gunsmith flathead set, bushing wrench. Thats all you NEED, some other stuff might be nice to have not not essential.
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Re: 1911 dissassemby/assembly tools

Post by Sc0 on 10/7/2018, 10:07 pm

Basics,

Brownells 1911 Magnetip bit set:  https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/screwdrivers-sets/magna-tip-bit-sets/1911-screwdriver-sets-prod25472.aspx 

And a wooden block or mallet if you want to be fancy.  If you want to get really fancy you can use a barrel bushing wrench but remember to unlock the barrel by about a 1/2" before rotating the bushing to prevent wear on the fit.

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Re: 1911 dissassemby/assembly tools

Post by SW-52 on 10/8/2018, 7:24 am

Sc0 wrote:Basics,

Brownells 1911 Magnetip bit set:  https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/screwdrivers-sets/magna-tip-bit-sets/1911-screwdriver-sets-prod25472.aspx 

And a wooden block or mallet if you want to be fancy.  If you want to get really fancy you can use a barrel bushing wrench but remember to unlock the barrel by about a 1/2" before rotating the bushing to prevent wear on the fit.
Unlock the barrel a 1/2 is the most important to prevent wear on the fit, i learn this in joy2shoot youtube video and is very important detail.
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Re: 1911 dissassemby/assembly tools

Post by Dr.Don on 10/8/2018, 9:10 am

If you're going to do repeated strip downs, as when doing trigger work, you're going to want one of these.

https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/handgun-tools/mainspring-tools/mainspring-housing-pin-tool-prod930.aspx
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Post by PMcfall on 10/8/2018, 9:18 am

Not to set off a storm, but in my opinion you don't need a bushing wrench since you shouldn't be turning it in the first place.
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Re: 1911 dissassemby/assembly tools

Post by Chris Miceli on 10/8/2018, 9:27 am

you can take an entire 1911 apart without a single tool....ask me how i know.
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Post by Tim:H11 on 10/8/2018, 9:32 am

Chris Miceli wrote:you can take an entire 1911 apart without a single tool....ask me how i know.

Reassembly too - just harder lol
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Post by 1joel1 on 10/9/2018, 9:17 am

At a minimum, I would recommend a nice set of hollow-ground screwdrivers and punches. A plastic or rubber mallet is nice to have, but not necessary.

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