No Tools Disassembly?

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  1. Jim S.

    Jim S.

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    I have a couple of 1911's that are easily field stripped without the use of tools. Other than the Main Spring Housing Pin needing to be punched out they can be detail stripped easily too.
    My question is this;
    On reassembly I have yet to figure out how to put the thumb safety and slide stop back in without very carefully using a small screw driver to push the plunger detents in while pushing the levers in place.
    Am I missing something here? Is there a way of doing this without a tool?
    I haven't had a problem scratching or marring the frame but if there is a way of doing it without a tool I sure would like to know.
     
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    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

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    The rear of the slide stop can be filed with a V shape file which would allow it to catch the pin in the plunger tube and then push it out of the way as you push straight down on it. A fellow GT member did this for me on an old 1911 I had. There's an old thread on the modification somewhere over on 1911 Forum, you'd have to search.

    No more idiot scratches. ;)
     

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    Ask and ye shall receive,................:supergrin:
    I've done a few of this to a few slide stop levers, it's OUTSTANDING!!! :thumbsup:

    http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=214653&highlight=idiot+scratch
     
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  4. Jim S.

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    Ok, nifty idea for the slide stop. Do the same for the thumb safety?
    Only drawback is taking the finish off unless it is stainless. Blued is not a problem as far as rebluing such a small and unnoticable area but what about a parkerized finish?
     
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    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    Oops,.......misread your question Jim'

    I'm in the same boat as you. I use a small screw driver for the thumb safety.
    I would not do this "mod" to a thumb safety.
     
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    ....all the tools are built in, that's how JMB designed it!

    the 'tool' for punching out the MS housing is the thumb safety axle

    -and-

    the the mag release screw can be removed using the sear spring tab
     
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    When reassembling the thumb safety, I use a plastic card (credit card, or drivers license, etc.) to push in the spring while seating the safety. Works well and no scratching up the frame if you slip.
     
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    So far it seems as though there really isn't an easy way to do this one function without some kind of tool. I'd alway heard it was designed to be taken apart without anything that wasn't already on the gun. I don't think they ever said anything about the plunger detents. Kind of an important part when reassembling the gun.
    What on the gun could be used for this?
     
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    I never had to use tools to reassemble.

    It was a while ago, however I learned to disassemble/reassemble from "Small Arms of the World".

    Really handy for M1911, Lugers, and other pistols I have owned in the past.

    The book got lost in my last move, darn it. I need to get another.
     
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    You can use the firing pin tip, from above the frame, to depress the thumb-safety detent.

    The slide stop will go back in without any tools. You simply rest the tip against the plunger and push up and in at the same time, the slight bevel on the SS will depress the plunger as you push up and in.

    Easier to demonstrate than explain.
     
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    Your fingers.

    The 1911 was designed to be taken apart with the parts that are already on the pistol (see my post above). GI's did not worry about so-called 'idiot' scratches.


    It's easy to do w/o a tool, just polish up the plunger ends with a dremel a bit. If the pins are interfearing with the safety reienstall the spring is not fitted properly.