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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Glocker1984, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Glocker1984


    Jan 13, 2007
    Hey Everyone-

    I know it's not that big of a deal to some; but after much research and viewing of YouTube Vids; I finally got up the courage to detail strip my Kimber Custom II. It wasn't as hard as I expected. Getting the Hammer Strut into the MSH, then getting the MSH pin into place was a pain in the ass; but I got it. I put it together, and it passed all function tests.

    I plan on moving forward which would mean learning all the mechanics of the platform and eventually learning how to fit parts. I would like to become a 1911 armorer.

    Quick question: how/what does the sear spring do in the mechanics of the operating system? I know it touches the sear and disconnector; but what does it do after the trigger is pulled? And what about the third little "leg" on the sear spring? Does it have something to do with the grip safety?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    Dumb question but did you do it with the hammer cocked or lowered? Doing it lowered it's a piece of cake to get the MSH up to where the hammer strut is. Just let the strut kind of float by tipping the gun at the proper angle and push the MSH up to meet it.

    Looking at it from the back of the gun the Left "leg" is for the sear, the "middle" leg is for the disconnector and the "right" leg is for the grip safety.

    Congrats on jumping in with both feet and doing a detailed strip. Once you do it a couple times it'll become second nature to pull a 1911 apart and put it back together again.

    Little trick with the disconnector and sear, get it close to where it needs to go then take a small piece of wire(I use a little 2" piece of stainless welding wire) and look through the sear pin hole and use the wire to line everything up before you put the pin in. Makes things a lot easier.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 28, 2012

  3. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
    I use my handy dandy Glock tool.Don't have any Glocks anymore,but I use that tool for all my gunsmithing work.
    OP....good job on your first 1911 detail strip.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2012
  4. Mr. Gekko

    Mr. Gekko

    Aug 27, 2010
    As said, assemble with the hammer forward.

    Look at the strut and make sure it is in the notch for the grip safety. Pretty easy to install the MSH and pin with everything in the right place.

    Congrats on doing it for the first time. After detail stripping a couple of times, it is pretty easy to do.