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Post by orpheoet on 9/26/2015, 11:09 pm

I know there are some legitimate gunsmiths on this forum. I'm just trying to get a feel for where I should stop as far as doing my own work. I'm proud of the trigger work I've done to a few Smith revolvers and 1911's but recently was deterred from detail stripping my M41 and now M52. I think it has a lot to do with the relative lack of info as to how to work on those.
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Post by LenV on 9/26/2015, 11:51 pm

Model 41s are easy to take apart. And my gunsmith had a good laugh when he put it back together.

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Post by Wobbley on 9/26/2015, 11:58 pm

As Len said.  The disassembly is easy, it's the reassembly.  Many times there are sequences and tricks and maybe a special tool or two.  The devil is in the details.

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Post by Jack H on 9/27/2015, 1:29 am

I may not be as quick and good as Roddy.  But I can do a total R&R on High Standard, 1911, S&W revolver, Trailside, Ruger MKII, and not too bad on Sig P series.  Alterations are another story except I can do well on HS and S&W revolver triggers.  Machining, if I can't do it with a file and vice, I call Roddy.  He's 10 miles away.
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Post by orpheoet on 9/27/2015, 6:02 am

OldMaster65 wrote:Model 41s are easy to take apart. And my gunsmith had a good laugh when he put it back together.

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My fear exactly. The first time I took apart my Ruger MkIII I was up till 3am getting it back together.....
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Post by Fire Escape on 9/27/2015, 7:58 am

orpheoet wrote:
OldMaster65 wrote:Model 41s are easy to take apart. And my gunsmith had a good laugh when he put it back together.

Len (true story Embarassed )
My fear exactly. The first time I took apart my Ruger MkIII I was up till 3am getting it back together.....



Well, yeah .... but if it was a MkII you would have gotten to watch the nightly news!



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Post by james r chapman on 9/27/2015, 10:25 am

Mark III, 5 minutes tops, you just have to practice it 100 times first....
and, to know the secret tool.  (hint, it holds your bread bag closed)
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Post by javaduke on 9/27/2015, 5:33 pm

Here's the true story. Our club had a few Ruger MkII/III and they all needed a good deep cleaning. So we all got together in the classroom with all our tools and cleaning supplies and before we started, I told them, "Folks, be careful when you disassemble the frame. The safety has a tiny spring-loaded detent plunger, and if you are not careful, it sends it flying across the room, never to be found again. The replacement one from Ruger is  $2, but the minimum order is $25. Ask me how I know - wink-wink." 2 minutes later I hear "AWWW, CRAP!!!!"....and we all got down to our knees and started looking for that plunger...and we found two of them!

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Post by kwixdraw on 9/28/2015, 1:43 am

I do quite a bit of my own work. You do have to be able to finance your learning curve though.
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Post by Jwhelan939 on 9/28/2015, 5:40 am

I built my 1911 from the ground up. I also assembled the volqaurtsen Scorpion I use for RF. The scorpion was more of an assemble than a build in that I didn't have much fitting to do.

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Post by orpheoet on 9/28/2015, 4:26 pm

kwixdraw wrote:I do quite a bit of my own work. You do have to be able to finance your learning curve though.
That's a good one! ^ 
Springs......they go everywhere. When I need one I buy 5.....
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Post by dronning on 9/28/2015, 4:54 pm

[quote="orpheoet"]
kwixdraw wrote:Springs......they go everywhere. When I need one I buy 5.....

If I have a spare they never go missing, unless it's 2 days before a match and you can bet I'll loose the spare too! LOL

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Post by AllAces on 9/28/2015, 5:26 pm

On my Ruger MK II I do a detailed disassembly and when it come to the safety plunger and spring, I do all that inside a large sip lock bag.  Yup, lost one of those $27 springs.  Learning curves are costly.  As for gunsmithing, I do everything on a Ruger MK II including honing the sear and making a shim to take out trigger slack.  For the 1911, I'll do everything except fit a barrel, roll trigger, and grip safety.  M41 and M52 I leave detailed stripping to a very qualified gunsmith.
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