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#60 o-rings for grip panel screws?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by johnstein11, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. johnstein11

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    I have a Springfield mil spec and the grip panel screws come loose after about 75 rounds. I read on the 1911forum that some use #60 rubber o-rings to make them tighter. I just bought some from home depot, but how does this work? Do I put the ring in first? Pics would be great. Thanks gt brain trust!
     
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    I've never had any luck with the o-rings. I use clear fingernail
    polish on the screws. It acts as a very light thread locker.
     
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  5. johnstein11

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    I see, but I still don't understand how a piece of rubber outside the thread helps tighten the screws.
     
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    Acts sort of like a lock washer and keeps the screw tight. I never needed them on anything but aluminum or scandium frames. I never have a problem with steel framed guns.
     
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    A very light dab of blue LocTite does wonder.
     
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    That works as well,.........
     
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    Normally folks use the little O-Rings with G-10 grip panels. Wood grips will usually have enough "spring" to em' so that when you snug down the grip screw it'll stay put. The fingernail polish trick seems like it'd be the easiest way to go since some of the Loctite products will practically glue the screws into the bushings and you can risk stripping threads when you take the screws off. There are so many different types of Loctite, if you go what route just be sure you get the right one. Personally, I'd just "borrow" some of you wife's/girlfriend's fingernail polish and give that a try first. JMHO, YMMV.
     
  11. rock185

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    Hello john, other methods will work, but a mini-drop of BLUE Loctite works real well. Do not use red or green LocTite, or you will be very sorry when you next try to remove the grips. I ain't sayin' how I know this...:embarassed:
     
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    Just don't get caught using the pink!:whistling:
     
  13. johnstein11

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    I welcome all the info, thx. Well I will use the o rings first and see how that works. Does this happen on high end 1911s? Les Baer, Ed brown, Wilson combat etc?... Probably not I imagine.
     
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    Guess you missed the thread that was posted from a guy that bought a Dan Wesson 1911. :supergrin:
    High end, low end, no end, screws can loosen up from vibration on any of em'. Just the way it is and why God invented the screwdriver/allen wrench/torx wrench, so we can retighten them when they get loose.
     
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    Yep,....a screw is a screw is a screw.
    Wilson, Brown or Baer ir does not care, it wants to back out & go home.
     
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    This:thumbsup:
     
  17. Jim S.

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    Perhaps you should tighten them a little more and then check them after shooting.
    I've never had this problem with any of my Springfield 1911's or any other 1911.
    I'm just wondering if you are not tightening them enough to begin with.
     
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    That's not how we roll here. A real Glocktalker will never use Loctite for locking threads, gun lube for lubrication, pistol primers for making pistol rounds, or Glock disassembly tool for disassembling Glocks.
     
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    I started using them on my 1911s once I went to G10 VZ grips exclusively. The screws would work loose after a good day in the field. I had one bushing strip on my alloy framed gun and didn't want to run the risk of locking the screws in the bushings with Lok tite. I had some #60s from the ARs and used them. They work fine and I have never had any other issues. Just use them like a washer and tighten down snug. No worries. You probably don't need them for wood or rubber grips. Don't judge those that use them just because you have never had to. I once pulled my Colt out and the screw was loose enough to turn by hand. Since the orings, I have not had a problem.
     
  20. crazymoose

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    Order a bottle of this and you'll never go back to o-rings:

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    Put a little bit on the threads, let it dry for half and hour, and you're good to go.
     
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