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      Don't use a regular screwdriver

      Get a correct bushing tool, like Magna-Tip 1911 Bushing Bit from Brownells. You will want the slim version for slimline grips. It's $8.45 and will fit any standard screwdriver handle that accepts interchangeable bits. They also have a variety of handle options, be careful though, you could end up spending a lot of money at Brownells. Ask me how I know.

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      The EMP comes with Slim grips and bushings. Did you buy Slim or Regular VZ's

      If you need to put on regular bushings, I suggest that you get the 1911 Grip Bushing Bits sold at Brownells. The bushings have very thin walls where the screwdriver slot is, and they strip off very easily.

      http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=493/Product/MAGNA_TIP_reg__1911_AUTO_BUSHING_DRIVER_trade__BITS

      If your new grips are slim, you shouldn't need to replace the bushings unless they are damaged.

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      This is a very common problem with the 1911 bushings. The manufacturers simply fail to either use Loctite or to stake the bushings properly.

      You have options:

      1. Just grab the bushing with Vise-Grips and remove the screw. Buy a new bushing.

      2. Clean the bushing threads and the frame hole threads with a solvent to remove the lube. Apply a SMALL drop of Loctite BLUE (temporary) to the frame threads and screw the bushing back in. Give it 24 hours to fully cure, then try to unscrew the screw.

      3. Brownell's sell a special tool to grip the bushing with that won't damage it while you unscrew the screw.

      However you get it off, buy a grip screw bushing driver bit from Brownell's.
      This is a hollow tubular driver that surrounds the bushing and supports it so you won't damage them while installing or removing the bushings.

      Check the bushing that's out and look at the one's still in for signs of any type of Loctite.
      If you see Loctite, use a soldering iron to warm the bushings until the locker softens, then use the special driver to remove them.
      If the bushings are staked, turn them out a slight turn then turn them back in.
      Continue turning them in and out, each time a little farther out.
      This will "iron out" the staking and allow removal without stripping anything.

      Once you have all the bushings out, use lacquer thinner or Acetone to clean the bushings and the frame holes of any old thread locker or lubricant.
      Allow to dry, then apply some Loctite RED (Permanent) and use the driver bit to screw them in the frame tight.
      This will eliminate them from backing out again.

      http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=493/Product/MAGNA_TIP_reg__1911_AUTO_BUSHING_DRIVER_trade__BITS
       
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      This all makes sense because I am using some rap driver I had laying around and it fits sloppy in the screw slot.

      Can anyone give me a link to what I need for a 1911. I especially need the right driver for the mag catch.
      Brownells makes a specific driver kit for the 1911 and it's well worth the $25 (or you can get the bits for $14 if you have a handle already, personally, I keep the $25 kit in my range bag). The bit for the mag catch lock is included, as is the rounded tip punch bit for driving out the MSH retainer pin. Youll want the bushing bits too if bushing swaps are in your future (to change to slim grip bushings or back to standard bushings). Also well worth their cost. There are all sorts of 1911 specific tools to consider as well.

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      http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t...taps-dies/1911-auto-stock-taps-prod42145.aspx

      I could not find any local places that sold this size...it is unique to the 1911..probably why it is a little expensive.

      If you can successfully repair the hole so that a new bushing screws in by hand...use a small dot of blue lactate to lock it in the frame...this is done all the time and can be removed.



      These are also worth their weight in gold...

      http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t...ip-1911-auto-bushing-driver-bits-prod493.aspx
       
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