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Post by SW-52 on 12/30/2019, 1:43 pm

Im not the seller, but i highly recommend this custom tool for all 1911 guys who want to change Mainspring fast and easy,available on Ebay! By seller Don Rushar.
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254432730097
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Post by Aprilian on 12/30/2019, 2:51 pm

Seems like overkill to me, and I'm an Engineer!

I have a Stanley bench vise that can turn the jaws perpendicular to the bench.  The jaws have a groove to hold a round object - so I put a punch in the vise and push the housing into the punch until the mainsrpring cap clears the retaining pin.   To take out use with retaining pin head down, to put in use pin head up. 

A set of punches and the vise is probably around what that dedicated tool costs but they can be used for more than one procedure!
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Post by jglenn21 on 12/30/2019, 5:48 pm

Yep, I'm the same as Aprilian    vise and a punch... quick and works
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Post by STEVE SAMELAK on 12/30/2019, 6:22 pm

Like .22s, how can  you have too many shiny gizmos?  What a Face
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Post by james r chapman on 12/30/2019, 6:27 pm

Cripes!

Hard to believe the 1911 was designed to need no tools outside the gun parts.
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Post by zanemoseley on 12/30/2019, 7:04 pm

james r chapman wrote:Cripes!

Hard to believe the 1911 was designed to need no tools outside the gun parts.
Maybe a field strip but not a full disassembly. At minimum you need a screwdriver for the grips and mag release and a hammer and punch for the MSH pin.

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Post by Blsi2600 on 12/30/2019, 7:46 pm

Full take down can be done with the tools available in the trench mud.  A loaded 30-06 round is the start punch for the mainspring housing retaining pin.  The magazine catch is disassembled using the left leaf bent nose of the sear spring. The 06 nose is the pressure pin to disassemble the mainspring housing.  The grip screws are removed with the sear spring bend at the bottom.  PITA to do but can be done.

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Post by javaduke on 12/30/2019, 8:38 pm

zanemoseley wrote:
james r chapman wrote:Cripes!

Hard to believe the 1911 was designed to need no tools outside the gun parts.
Maybe a field strip but not a full disassembly. At minimum you need a screwdriver for the grips and mag release and a hammer and punch for the MSH pin.
IIRC the sear leaf spring can be used for the mag release screw, an empty 45ACP case (or the sear spring also) for the grip screws and the firing pin can be used to drive the MSH pin. So yes, a full disassembly without any tools is 100% doable.
The same firing pin or the extractor can be used to compress the mainspring. There are quite a few videos on Youtube on how to detail strip 1911 without any tools.

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Post by james r chapman on 12/30/2019, 9:02 pm

Ding ding ding!
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Post by steve 61 on 1/1/2020, 11:32 pm

i drive a nail in my bench, use it and pull the nail

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Post by mpolans on 1/2/2020, 8:33 pm

I just use the mainspring housing retaining pin and a hard surface.

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