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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?
     
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    I use an old credit card or drivers license or something similar.
     

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

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    tools?!?!?!? we don't need no stinking tools!!!!
     
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    I use a glock tool with some electrical tape on it. The TRP are tough
     
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    BryGuy YUT UGHHHH!

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    BryGuy YUT UGHHHH!

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    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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    Thanks, guys. Most helpful.
     
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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.
     
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    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 .
     
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    spit will also work, if you're out of lube...
     
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    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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  18. 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.