Screw Question

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  1. Barry581

    Barry581

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    I've got a SA RO Elite and can't seem to figure out what size/type wrench I need to take the grip screws out. I know it's sounds pretty stupid on my part, and I'll take all the ridicule y'all can hand out, but they look like Allen screws, but no Allen wrenches that I have, SAE or Metric fit.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. unclecharlie

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    Without looking at 'em, I'd say they're probably Torx. Any grip screws I ever had that weren't straight slotted were Torx. I got a set of small Torx drivers from Ace- good for grip screws, folding knives....

    Good luck!
     

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    FullClip Native Mainiac CLM

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    I just jam the handle of a rat tail file into the hole and then use a pair of Vise-Grips to turn the file...works on just about anything. Any tool can be the right tool if used correctly.
     
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    6 sided bit hole=Allen bit. Can be English or metric depending on where they sourced the screws from.
    download (1).jpg

    6 point star bit hole= Torx, like Unclecharlie said. Get a full set of size bits to fit a standard hex shank drive handle, and away you go.
    images.jpg BitSet78-0100Torx.jpg
     
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    You click baiting son of a...
     
  6. Bren

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    They are not Allen screws, they are Torx (star).

    The first thing I do with any SA 1911 is to remove those and put in slotted screws, so I don't have to carry a special tool for my grip screws. Those are designed to look cool to the average "gun owner", who rarely shoots and never works on his guns.
     
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  7. Barry581

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    I was going to use these, but I think your solution may be even better!

    https://www.autozone.com/test-scan-...mtools-bolt-extractor-set-10-piece/231204_0_0

    I've got a set of torx drives and will give them a shot. I just couldn't tell by looking at them, my old a$$ eyes ain't what the used to be.
     
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    FullClip Native Mainiac CLM

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    Of course I was just kidding about the file thing, but have used it before for some bolts and screws when no real extractors were available....even on a nuke submarine. Just don't break off the file handle in the hole. Then you are truly screwed. Those things can't be drilled out.
     
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    they are the new high performance screw that like to screw with people that don't have tools.
    post a picture for better reference and proper assistance. it could be a flat head screw . who knows.
     
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    Yeah it was a torx. Even knowing it's a torx I still can't tell by looking.
     
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    Man... I was about to use your technique on a German high performance car that is been giving me problems. what a let down you are.
     
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    Make sure you use a metric file when working on them fancy European things.
     
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    Swing by Walgreens and buy a set of cheaters......ya need ‘em
     
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    I've got a pair, didn't help. Not sure if it's the color/finish on the screws, but I just couldn't tell what they were. Probably needed a magnifying glass.
     
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    Dammit, I thought this was a new Hannie thread.
     
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    Ive resorted to using a 4x flip down
    Opti-Visor for a lot of work. That and proper lighting helps me greatly
     
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    IAhunter Venor ergo sum

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    Oh hell, I thought this post was going to be a yes or no question.
     
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    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    Yes
     
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    Best post of the day!
     
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    Saw the title, came to the thread, wasn't what I thought.

    I am disappoint.
     
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