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MAGNA-TIP® 1911 AUTO BUSHING DRIVERTM BITS
Supports Bushing For Easiest Removal BROWNELLS 080-434-045
 

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They will come out with a regular screwdriver but be very careful with the slot - they are extremely soft and its very easy to mess them up.

The tool from Brownells (listed above) works great and is far less damaging on the bushings.

They should just screw out normally (counter-clockwise) to remove them.
 

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One other thing to watch for...

There are two of those things - one for the standard bushings and one for the slim grip bushings...just make sure you get the right one when you order! :D
 

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AZ Husker said:
Vise Grips!
There's no substitute for using the correct tool. I'd never take a pair of locking pliers to any firearm unless it wasn't mine and I didn't give a damn.

BTW the bushings on new Colts are staked in place. Be careful how you remove them so you don't muck up the threads. The other thing to remember is that the grip screw bushings are made butter-soft. It won't take much to deform them, so don't bother trying to re-use them afterwards. Make sure you order a set of brand-new bushings when you order the tool mentioned above.
 
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