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Post by Jon Eulette 10/19/2021, 12:48 pm

I recently looked at an old 1911 45 BE pistol and my first thoughts were it seemed ok.
Well when I disassembled it, it was filthy dirty. I cleaned it and now it was a very loose pistol. Crud had accumulated in the slide lugs and the barrel upper lugs pushing the barrel down so it rested against the slide stop pin. The slide rails were crudded up and the slide fit was tighter until I cleaned the pistol. When reassembled it was much looser than a SA RO. 
So at a minimum when looking at a pistol you might purchase, pull the slide stop pin and you can see how loose the slide to frame fit is. The bottom barrel lug will remove most vertical play and some horizontal play when properly fit. Removing the slide stop pin takes that out of the equation. If you can disassemble further look for excessive wear; breech face, upper barrel lugs and slide. Some older frames are soft and you can see feedramp wear from jhp bullets and look where the slide contacts the front of the frame rails for battering.
Anyhow thought I’d throw this out there.
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Post by Zepp 10/20/2021, 6:43 pm

Thanks Jon.

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Post by bruce martindale 10/21/2021, 12:24 pm

Hmmm dirtball accurizing. A new definition of "Slidin Dirty"

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Post by SMBeyer 10/21/2021, 8:19 pm

So what I think I'm hearing here is don't clean your 1911's.  They will shoot better dirty.  Thats my kind of advice!
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Post by rich.tullo 10/28/2021, 4:12 pm

SMBeyer wrote:So what I think I'm hearing here is don't clean your 1911's.  They will shoot better dirty.  Thats my kind of advice!
True but I think with a new gun you are going to want to regularly clean it because the carbon over time acts like lapping compound.
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