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Old 11-11-2008, 04:44 PM
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Idiot Scratch Proof




This is a modification I do on just about all slide stops as it allows easy installation and doesn't affect function. It is easily done with a needle file. To install, the slide stop is positioned directly on top of the plunger and you can feel it saddle over it and push it straight in. Bingo!

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Here's a picture of it in place and ready to push straight in.

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Old 11-11-2008, 05:08 PM
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Nice idea Log, now where the Hell is the rest of the Blaster! Give us a peak. R.K.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:12 PM
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Your too late, bro. You messed up and quietly posted that idea on another thread awhile back, but I spotted it. It works like a bloomin' charm, and as I have done with so many other ideas I have happily swiped from this forum, I have already included this one in my repertoire.

Guess I could at least go on and belatedly thank you for the idea, though. So, . . .

Thanks!

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Old 11-11-2008, 05:23 PM
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Pardon my ignorance, but what does that do and what difference does the mod have?
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:02 PM
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Pardon my ignorance, but what does that do and what difference does the mod have?



I added a second picture for you, so you can see the idea at work. Some slide stops will go in easy while many are difficult, and this modification makes all of them easy.

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Old 11-11-2008, 06:16 PM
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I added a second picture for you, so you can see the idea at work. Some slide stops will go in easy while many are difficult, and this modification makes all of them easy.

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Ohhh ok I see thanks for that
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:29 PM
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Think I will give that a try tonight, Thanks.

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Old 11-13-2008, 04:33 PM
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Pardon my ignorance, but what does that do and what difference does the mod have?
Hey sky - I got a little "finger happy" and did up a thread on idiot marks. Hope it helps explain things. Here' tis: http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=214825

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Old 11-14-2008, 10:02 AM
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I wonder if the modification has any affect on the strength of the Slide Stop / Release?

Understand - I am a freak, when it comes to reliability. I have had a few Slide Stops break about where that modification has been made. Sheared off.

I also have a belief that “if” the 1911 has any inherent weakness - it is in the Plunger Tube / Slide Stop design configuration (Forgive me John Browning – oh Master)…not that I have any better ideas, other than to use the strongest parts available, and maybe the ESPT or integral PT.

All that said - I also have all but one of my 1911s with scratch marks from the Slide Stop reassembly - I am an Idiot! The one 1911 that I have without scratches has just come back with DLC (before IonBond it had lots of surface scratches). Maybe just a matter of time before I scratch it again! But in the mean time I am extra careful during reassembly - not to scratch – a little concentration – not a problem - really.

A friend showed me a trick during reassembly - where he would put tape over the area were the scratches tend to happen, but it is best to take the grips off when doing that so the tape will stay in place. I usually don’t take off my grips for routine cleaning. And i won't take the time to put tape on it. Of course you remove the tape after reassembly. And I do not carry my PAWIDGET (a plastic C&S tool to hold spring loaded pins aside during reassembly) - not at all times. But if you are concerned about scratches these are both options. Ones that don't take metal from the Slide Stop.

I would not take any chance to weaken one of my slide stops to prevent a cosmetic scratch, especially an easily preventable one – not on my serious guns. Although I don’t have any collectables or works of art.

It is an interesting mod and looks like it would aid in faster - trouble/scratch free reassembly. If i ever get a collectable this is an option that i will use.

With that all that said: Do you think this mod, in any way, weakens the Slide Stop / and potentially the overall operation of the pistol?
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:52 AM
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With that all that said: Do you think this mod, in any way, weakens the Slide Stop / and potentially the overall operation of the pistol?
Hi, Harry in answer to your question the groove is in the thickest portion of the lug itself and I don't believe it has weakened it at all. While a lug may break off the lever, for it to break through the middle would be something else. The picture is huge and makes it look more significant then it really is also. If you have a gun that is veeery difficult and you don't want to do this, simply remove the thumb safety and that will relieve all the spring pressure from the plunger.

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Old 06-02-2014, 02:33 PM
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Slide stop mod.

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Pardon my ignorance, but what does that do and what difference does the mod have?
The spot that's been filed is where the spring loaded pin [opposite end of the thumb safety pin] is what causes the difficulty in snapping the slide stop straight home during reassembly. The filed slot automatically allows it to freely snap home without riding it up along the frame. Good mod, I've used it.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:27 PM
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Cool Jon, it's true that I had posted this idea that I'm sure others have discovered also, but just had the chance to post a picture and it clarifies the words for all to see and understand. So no more idiot scratches.

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Old 11-04-2009, 08:39 AM
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Cool Jon, it's true that I had posted this idea that I'm sure others have discovered also, but just had the chance to post a picture and it clarifies the words for all to see and understand. So no more idiot scratches.

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Cool thread Log, thanks.

BUT - Be careful; I got a finger-wagging last year for calling it an idiot scratch...
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:49 AM
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Thanks to this thread, and thanks to kindness of log man who originated it, here is mine:



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Old 11-04-2009, 09:02 AM
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I think you should call the Patent Office!

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Old 03-08-2014, 10:25 PM
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Thanks to this thread, and thanks to kindness of log man who originated it, here is mine:


This thread, and this picture especially, helped me effect the same "fix" on my SA Mil-Spec earlier tonight. Only took a matter of 20 to 25 minutes, and that was taking my time, with my set of needle files. I sure wish I'd have known about this YEARS ago!
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:07 AM
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Simple and ingenious!

This is a great mod!

I OFTEN change my frame to other toys I have.
The slide stop MARS are a pain, having to polish them out, wiggle
a small screwdriver in... etc.

this is AWESOME!

thanks!
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:45 PM
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I just got an Officers stainless, first 1911 I recall having so much difficulty getting the SS to drop in with a little push. Someone else put an idiot mark on it but I can understand that what with how hard it goes in. I'll try your mod Logman.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:45 PM
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My usual smith does this also and it works great. The first guns I saw this mod on were Nighthawks a few years back.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:58 AM
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Thanks lm, did this mod on bob last night, just takes a few min and really works. Any other easy things to do to make life easier?
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:43 AM
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I have been lucky and avoided the dreaded SBS. Like log said some 1911 SS's pop right in and some Fight you all the way.

Pop right in:
1st DW CBOB
EB Kobra carry
Springer GI

Fight all the way:
2nd DW CBOB
Springer MC Operator

I just found this thread for the first time... Thank you Log!
Where are my jewlers files

BTW, SBS = Short Bus Scratch!
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:44 PM
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I have been using the Dawson Tool Less guide rod for a year on my Ed Brown. This allows me to use both hands putting the slide stop back in so never a scratch. There is no tension on the slide because the recoil spring is held captive and compressed on the guide rod.

http://www.dawsonprecision.com/Produ...002-1126315802
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:27 AM
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:20 PM
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I'm new to 1911's....

I just purchased my first 1911 3 weeks ago. I love it. Mine goes in VERY easy. I guess all of them are a little differant...and mine is just one of the easy ones. not sure. I purchased the SW 1911 E-Series.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:12 PM
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I just finished this easy mod on both Colt and Sig Target. The Sig just needed a slight edge rounding and it was good to go. The Colt needed some decent material removal. Both work so flawlessly, it boggles my mind why the factory doesn't do this. Maybe they'd rather make money on refinishing.
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