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Best way to lubricate a 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by JoleBole, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. JoleBole

    JoleBole Mr.Glock

    Mar 14, 2009
    Hi everyone.

    I just bought my first 1911 (a Ruger SR1911) and I immediately noticed that I'm gonna need to lube the rails more so I can have smoother slide action. There is lot more friction between the slide and the frame, compared to my Glock. I see that some people use oil, some use grease for the rails, cuz that's where the most friction is. Any suggestions?

  2. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    I use grease on all of my semi-auto slides and oil everywhere else. The only exception might be the Beretta 92s where I apply grease on the barrel rails/locking block as well. You should also go shoot it more which will break it in and smooth things out.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2012

  3. ArmoryDoc


    May 14, 2006
    Absolutely there is more friction because there is much more contact surface between the slide and frame. With a 1911 you have near full length frame rails and grooves contacting near full length slide rails and grooves. The Glock only has 4 small points where it contacts the slide.

    My rules for lube are as follows:

    For tight slide to frame fit I use oil. Don't be stingy.
    For looser slide to frame fit I use a very light grease in very small amounts.

    Your Ruger should qualify for a good, light grease such as Tetra or Weapon Shield.

    Don't fall into the "if it rotates use oil, if it slides use grease." It's more important the tolerance of the slide to frame fit than the fact that it slides, in my opinion. Looser guns can take the grease but the viscosity is important. It should be "thin" grease.

    This is just my highly experienced opinion with 1911's. Someone will be along shortly to refute it.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2012
  4. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    My thoughts,.......?

    If it slides, grease it.
    If it rotates oil it!

    Lately I prefer Slide-Glide & Slip 2000 EWL

    ** Just saw ArmoryDoc's post.........he has a bit of experience as well.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2012
  5. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    I'll add that I've been using Militec grease on my slides for a few years now and their oil everywhere else. Some people seem to have a problem with it (mostly AR guys) but the grease is still there and clean no matter how many rounds I put through my semi-autos. The oil stays put and does the job as well.
  6. ArmoryDoc


    May 14, 2006
    LOL ! :rofl::wavey:
  7. This will tick off some haters... I use Frog Lube... yes it's true. It does work great though and my slide racks like a dream... smoother than my Glock! :)

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  8. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    I've been using Ballistol for so long I can't remember using anything else. I lock the slide back and spray a little down each grove in the slide and around the last inch of the barrel then I lower the slide and put a little squirt down into the hammer/sear area and that's about it. Rack the slide back and forth by hand a few times to work in the lube, wipe off the excess and load and store the gun back in the drawer.
    I do have some little viles (for lack of a better word) of G.I. grease that I got when I bought an M1 Garand off of a guy, might give it a try on the slide to see how it works.
  9. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005

    Still need to try that stuff,......heard very good things about it.
  10. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    I use Royal Purple, Max Tuff engine assembly lube. That stuff is freakin awesome:thumbsup:
  11. gator378

    gator378 Gator378

    Jan 22, 2001
    St. Peters, Mo, USA

    I use Mobil 1 15W-50. So far so good
  12. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
  13. never enough

    never enough

    Sep 15, 2011
    Tetra grease for the rails,oil everything else
  14. MoCop


    Jan 2, 2005
    CLP on everything.
  15. I typically use what ever motor oil I have on hand, never had the need for grease.

    I think too much thought/hype goes into some of the lubricants used for normal daily carry. However, in harsh combat enviroments be it sub zero temps, very humid rain forest/jungle or desert enviroments closer attention needs to be given to your choice of lube.
  16. jb1911


    Sep 21, 2011
    No you don't.
  17. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    I just use Mobil 1 5w30 in both my vehicles and all my guns. Works great.
  18. I use whatever I can find in the garage. lately I have been using some Amsoil 10w-40 motorcycle. this sum slick stuff. good enough for motorcycle wet clutches, good enough for my guns :)
  19. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Me too. There's been some very positive discussion over on Sig forum about it.

    Until then, I'll continue using what Grayguns recommended several years ago.


  20. TW25B on rails. FP-10 everywhere else.