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I read somewhere about a tool called a wigget(sp?) that is suppose to help you install the slide stop without making an idiot scatch. Anybody know what I'm talking about.
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The only way I can get the slide stop on my MC Operator back in is using a punch that I stick through the ejection port to push back the pin while sliding the slide stop into position (I use the back side of the slide stop to push the punch back out the ejection port, which results in the slide stop landing in place). Of course, you have to put a cleaning pad on the edge of the ejection port so you don't scratch it, but it's a pretty simple fix.

This sort of brings me to a quesiton I've had for a while. My slide stop won't go in worth a damn. Seriously, there HAS to be something wrong! I think the spring loaded pin is too long. It's an SA MC Operator. I've done everything I can to make it work right, but it just won't. This is my first 1911 and I realize that putting the slide stop back in place is a notoriously difficult procedure, but mine is impossible without the method I describe above. I've followed instructions and looked at the videos HERE, but it just won't work. On his pictures it looks like his pin is a hell of a lot shorter than mine and has more of a rounded nose than mine does. Is there a chance that my pin is out of spec? Since this is the gunsmithing forum, is there something I can do about it?

I'm not trying to hijack the thread, but I'm willing to be the original poster and I are having similar issues.
 

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Thanks for your replies! This issue has really been grating on my nerves.

Since I'm a n00b, I thought I'd take a few pictures to show you guys what's going on (please ignore the dog hair in the carpet . . . you really see these things when you're taking closeups :rolleyes: ). I bought this pistol NIB back in July or August (can't remember off the top of my head) and have put about 750ish rounds (the vast majority of which were WWB with some Federal and Winchester JHPs) through it since that time. I clean it every time I go to the range, and I usually fire about 200 rounds per visit. Everything has worked without so much as a hiccup as far as I can recall.

1st Pic: Eveverything put together, closeup on area of concern


2nd Pic: Same area, slide stop out; I've highlighted areas of concern. You can see that the frame and front portion of the SS cutout seem to be taking a beating; is this a larger problem? You can also see that the plunger pin is long and not very rounded off. If I put the wrong pin in the wrong place (i.e., if this is the thumb safety pin and not the SS pin) could you tell from this picture? I'm not the sharpest hammer in the drawer, so it's possible . . .


3rd Pic: Now I've put the slide stop in (loosley) to show how far the pin protrudes into the area where the SS will be; you can see that the pin goes just about to the middle of the rounded top of the SS. Does it look too long?


4th & 5th Pics: These are just pictures of the SS itself. It's clearly an MIM part (I don't know enough to have an opinion on this, but I thought it might be useful information); these pictures are intended to show what's happening to the SS with the hope that they can help you determine if I have a bigger (or different) problem on my hands than I think I do.




After looking at these pictures, give me your educated opinion on whether the pin is too long and whether the frame, slide and SS are taking more of a beating than they should. If you think I'm just a moron who doesn't know how to re-insert the SS properly, let me know that, too. Like I said, this has been something of a concern to me for a while, but I didn't want to look like an idiot by asking about it on this forum until it came up. Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the replies, fellas.

I've been out of town for a few days, but I think I'm going to order a new plunger and spring setup and (once I get the new part) try and grind the original down to fit better . . . I don't want to start "modifying" anything until I have it's replacement ready!

The round "indention" on the slide stop pin is, indeed, a molding mark. I think I'm going to add a new slide stop to the plunger and spring order. The MIM parts may not be any less functional, but it "seems" to be less durable (by feel and weight if nothing else). Where can I get one for my gun that will match the original (finish and looks, yet not be MIM), and will there be any "fitting" required to make it work?

The wear mark on the top of the slide stop did not exist when I first got the gun (the first thing I did was clean everything when I got home from the gun show). I may attempt to remove a very slight amount of metal there, too. Is this adviseable?

P.S. -- The key to the pictures being decent is that I took HUGE pictures and cropped then resized them so they'd show details . . . it's not good photography!:cool:
 
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