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Putting my 1911 back together

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Palouse, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Palouse

    Palouse The Resistance Lifetime Member

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    And all is well, but getting the slide stop back in over the detent is difficult on my TRP. I used a screwdriver to push the detent in so the slide stop could slide over it and managed not to scratch the pistol, but there will come a time when that happens if I continue to use that method. Is there a trick to getting the stop over that detent without using some kind of tool that could potentially scratch my TRP?
     
  2. I use an old credit card or drivers license or something similar.
     


  3. DLL9mm

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    +1. I have been using an old gift card(with no $$ on it) Works great.
     
  4. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    tools?!?!?!? we don't need no stinking tools!!!!
     
  5. R0CKETMAN

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  6. rsxr22

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    I use a glock tool with some electrical tape on it. The TRP are tough
     
  7. BryGuy

    BryGuy YUT UGHHHH!

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    I use an old butter knife with a flat tip.
     
  8. BryGuy

    BryGuy YUT UGHHHH!

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  9. Any thing made of either plastic or nylon is what I use on all of my pistols for cleaning & field stripping, to keep from scratching the blueing off of them & they all work great.
     
  10. Palouse

    Palouse The Resistance Lifetime Member

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  11. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

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    Whatever method you use, be sure to lay the pistol on a level, solid
    surface so you can use both hands to install the slide stop.

    This method greatly reduces your chances of scratching your pistol.
     
  12. zincab

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    Let me show both my confidence (for asking) and my ignorance (for having to ask) at the same time. How exactly does one use a credit card (for example) to aid with inserting the slide stop? I just can't seem to get it.
     
  13. skipsan

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    Good question. The amount the plunger extends out of the plunger tube is greater than the thickness of a cc. Therefore, you can use the cc to push the plunger flush into the plunger tube and have room to push the slide stop into place.
     
  14. quantico

    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    I have thirty plus years of 1911 experience. Many others here with higher level skills than I have. There are no dumb questions.... smart people ask many questions, dump people never ask.
    The other thing I can add is that oil makes everything move easier .
     
  15. spit will also work, if you're out of lube...
     
  16. iLift45's

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    Im with you on this! It's the last thing I want to do to my TRP also. I was real careful putting mine back together. Hopefully with time it will get easier. I'm real picky about my stuff looking good. I saw on 10-8's website they have a tool that looks like it would work pretty good. I'm going to order it.