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I've been fooling with 1911's for about 18 months. My first real experience was with an Argentine variant (one of the 1927's) many years ago, and I came into possession of a Combat Commander a few years ago, but never actually did anything with it until about 18 months ago.

Those two and take down (took down?) like Browning intended. A few incantations, sprinkle some Hoppe's around the bench, etc., press the plunger, and then call the ER when the plunger hits your forehead. Nothing special.... :)

Then I bought a Para Tac-Four. The disassembly instructions turned out to cover four or more different methods, depending on which gun you had, and none of them said "Tac-Four".... :scratch:

Turned out that it's just an FLGR variant. More Hoppe's on the floor, a little Wolfbane for effect, and wear goggles 'cause the hollow plunger can really tear up your forehead. (Some of the other models require additional incantations, and some herbs I'd never heard of. Not to mention screwdrivers, hex drivers, exorcists, and a copy of the Book of Revelations.... :biglaugh: )

Then I bought this fool Kimber.... (Compact Custom, actually. "Officer's" size but 4" barrel.) Little bitty "tool" thing stuck inside the manual (good luck not losing it before you get the gun home), and instructions that would have done Hogwarts proud. :p

Fortunately, I'm a glutton for punishment or something. The little pin holds the spring in compression, and you can then remove the spring and guide rod as a unit with no effort. Retract the slide and lock it open, and then stick the pin through the hole. Release the slide stop and you can take it off by moving the slide to the cutout and popping the stop out of the frame.

(Series II models - DO NOT squeeze the grip safety while trying to move the slide.)

Just don't take the spring assembly apart....

Reverse the above to re-assemble.

But, how the heck do you get the spring assembly apart? There's some "innards" there that I want to clean....

(From something I read, some models you just don't.... I don't think this is one of those.)

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Kruzr:

Thanks....

That's what I thought, but you haven't seen my workshop....

I haven't seen my vise for about 16 years either, but it's probably there someplace. Never re-mounted it on the workbench when we moved in here. A four-year-old, at the time, was a good reason to stay out of the basement, and I moved most of my "lightweight" projects into my office, upstairs.

She's off to college now, and I'm using her bedroom for cleaning guns, so I guess I finally won. OTOH, she showed up here on 2 January with a puppy and promptly headed back to school....

IAC, I think I can handle it.

I ordered up an arched MSH for my Compact, and agonized over whether to try to install it myself or let a local smith handle it like I did the last time for my Para. Somebody told me that it was difficult, etc.... I had an extra housing and spring laying around, and just couldn't get it to work. Even spent some time trying to find (or design/make) a tool. Nada....

When the new housing showed up, I popped the old one out of the gun (that's kiddie stuff) and since I had a punch in my hand, idly pushed in on the cup. Moved just like butter.... About a minute later I'd swapped the spring & such into the new housing, and had it installed in the gun.

(Better sit down, and grab your innards.)

It seems that you can't put a Commander spring into an Officer's MSH without tools, magic, swearing, and parts flying across the room....

However, an Officer's spring goes right into an Officer's housing.... You probably will manage to drop the little cup retaining pin, and/or the big MSH pin, but those don't count.

(I need to holler at Kuhnhausen.... That should be in the book! )

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McKirdyP said:
My apologies for the digression, but SMMAssociates, IMHO you should write a book. I have no inkling as to what about, but I know it would be hilarious to read, and I would learn alot from it. :biglaugh:
Thanks!

I've been doing "forums" for more than 20 years, and a few people have made the same suggestion. I'm just having too much fun playing with this stuff.

(I've got a buddy who did actually write a book. About 30 pages, actually, but we're working on him. He's much better than I am, if slightly less sane. Hm.... Slightly? I wonder.... He wouldn't try to smith his own guns. He got to "point this way" in the manual and put it away.)

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