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New guy w/disassembly input

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I'm a former owner of a Kimber, Springfield and other brand, (don't ask, I'm too embarrased), 1911's. After temporary insanity, (gave up the 1911 and got into cowboy stuff), I came across a vey slightly used PRO BP TEN II last weekend. Good deal and I still had about 150 45 ACP rounds that won't fit in the 45 Long Colt. So, I'm back in the 1911's. Have not made it to the range yet to try her out. Have been reading alot of the posts on here and thought I would add to it. I was reading a post about a new owners disassembly troubles. So here's my woes.
Never had a bushingless barrel before and the guy I got the PRO from told me about the "take down tool". Everything was going well until I tried to remove the recoil assembly. It wouldn't budge and at first seemed to be too long to clear the barrel link. Turns out the recoil spring plug was stuck in the tunnel. Had to take a brass punch to the edge of it. Seems the friendly seller didn't believe in cleaning things too well. Easy and obvious fix but, if you've never had a 1911 before could have been a real stumper and the instruction booklet omits some steps, such as removing the guide rod assembly. Any-way, glad to be back in the 1911's.
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But, how the heck do you get the spring assembly apart? There's some "innards" there that I want to clean....
The same way you are going to do it when you change the spring, which on a Pro size should be every 1000 rounds or so.

With the spring captured on the guide rod with the tool, you need to compress the plug further, remove the tool, and let the plug and spring forward off the rod. Sounds simple huh?

I use a vise to put an edge of the guide rod head against one jaw and the edge of the plug against the other. I hold my hand on top of it so it doesn't pop up out of the vise, and tighten a little so I can remove the tool. Then, loosen all the way to get the plug off the rod. Put the new spring on by reversing the process. No springs or plugs flying anywhere, no impressions or pain on your thumb.
 

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jacksonian said:
I have a new Eclipse Target. Pardon my ignorance, but this is my first 1911. It came with that bushing wrench thing, but do I need a "takedown tool" for it?
No, you only need the take down tool on the bull barrel guns without the bushings.
 
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