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Need DFW 1911 gunsmith !?!

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by PBrady, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. PBrady

    PBrady Hunt 'em all

    Feb 1, 2009
    I recently came into position of a stainless Taurus 1911. The pistol was in a fire so I cleaned enough to get the pistol completely apart and I am in the process of blast cleaning the parts and getting them ready for a reassembly of the pistol. However I am not the pro-from-dover on the complete reassembly. Taking something apart is much easier than putting it back together. That said. :dunno: I need a local Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas place that I can take the pistol/parts too and get it put back together. I am not looking for a custom shop..just a local gun shop that will not charge me more than say (fifty) to (hundred) dollars to reassemble the .45 and be honest with me about parts that I will might/need to replace if they are not usable.

    Any tips would be appreciated. Pop me a PM if you can or post to this thread. Thanks :supergrin:
  2. nnickatnight


    Jan 7, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    My advice would be to pick up an amorer's DVD that covers complete disassembly and reassembly of th 1911 and attempt it yourself first. I can refer you to some decent smiths in the area if needed but NONE of them are going to put it together in that price range. I would expect to spend at least $100.00 if not more for reassembly. I was able to put my Dan Wesson back together using the DVD and right tools so I would assume you could do the same. The DVD is a good thing to have around anyway to be honest.

  3. If it was in a fire, you should really get the frame, barrel and slide tested with a Rockwall hardness tester to make sure the temper has not been compromised.

    Reassembly isn't difficult and there are several tutorials on the web... but I wouldn't fire a single round without knowing the condition of the steel itself.
  4. PBrady

    PBrady Hunt 'em all

    Feb 1, 2009
    I will get the DVD and try. And to answer the second. I was told the pistol us under the couch. it got stuff dripped on it and it was blackened. The whole pistol is stainless. Would the fire really mess us the temper in the stainless compared to a regular steel pistol?
  5. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    If you value your hand, and and any other exposed extremity. You will have the gun tested. Fire can change the heat treat on any metal if it is hot enough.

    If you don't to this, you may end up being sorry.
  6. nnickatnight


    Jan 7, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    I don't know jack about the fire issue but extreme heat can effect steel regardless of whether it's stainless, blue, damascus, etc. Get it tested!
  7. BubbaShoots


    Mar 15, 2009
    Frisco, TX
  8. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

    Jan 7, 2001
    Plano, Texas, Republic of
    What was on fire? How involved was the pistol?
    If it got hot enough (around 400-500F) for an extended period of time, that might have warped the frame. I'm talking fried the grips off hot.
  9. tlen


    Feb 11, 2009
    YouTube has plenty of 1911 disassembly/reassembly videos. Do a search.
  10. itsgottabeapit


    Jul 23, 2005
    Houston, TX
    AGI makes a good DVD that goes over disassembly/reassembly and has tips on cleaning and lubing. It's about an hour long. And will be less expensive than going to a gunsmith.

    I'd also suggest looking on google for ways to do the rockwall test. This is very important. If you don't your gun might blow up in your face.
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Very good advice.
  12. PBrady

    PBrady Hunt 'em all

    Feb 1, 2009
    Thanks to all that answered. When I get the parts back will have the frame checked out.