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Old 06-26-2011, 09:33 AM
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Do you gunsmiths make any of your (specialty) 1911 tools?

What is the most used tool that you have made?

What is the cleverest tool you have made?

Please provide photos. Thanks.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:42 AM
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No thread hijack intended, but I sure wish someone made a MSH assembly/dis-assembly tool even it was just a modified vice grip kinda thing. Maybe one exists and I just haven't been able to find it.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:58 AM
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No thread hijack intended, but I sure wish someone made a MSH assembly/dis-assembly tool even it was just a modified vice grip kinda thing. Maybe one exists and I just haven't been able to find it.
Pretty easy and controllable if you hold the MSH upside down on a finish nail in a board or punch in a vise. Or...



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Old 06-26-2011, 11:32 AM
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No pictures available, but I have made several over the years. Frame way bars, rail swaging punch from a large chisel, slide pusher made from an old screwdriver, bench blocks of various descriptions from blocks of aluminum and steel. I copied the tools sold by Brownells using their pictures and description as a guide. Also copied the MGW frame wrench for revolvers. Bought one insert from Brownells and worked backwards from there.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:11 PM
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Pretty easy and controllable if you hold the MSH upside down on a finish nail in a board or punch in a vise. Or...



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Log Man can you direct me to your Groove you filed in the Slide Lock to prevent having ideite marks.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:16 PM
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Log Man can you direct me to your Groove you filed in the Slide Lock to prevent having ideite marks.
Sure, http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=214653

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Old 06-26-2011, 04:04 PM
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Thanx much Log Man.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:43 PM
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Pretty easy and controllable if you hold the MSH upside down on a finish nail in a board or punch in a vise. Or...



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I have used a punch in a vise, but never thought of that (kinda stupid of me I know) - I'm getting out my saw, a file to round off the nail and searching for a 2 X 4

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Old 06-26-2011, 07:30 PM
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Do you gunsmiths make any of your (specialty) 1911 tools?

What is the most used tool that you have made?

What is the cleverest tool you have made?

Please provide photos. Thanks.
HMMM as close as Dave is to area 51 and the name and website in his signature, do ya suppose the thing we post pics of will wind up with a patent in that name? HMMMMM
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:33 PM
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HMMM as close as Dave is to area 51 and the name and website in his signature, do ya suppose the thing we post pics of will wind up with a patent in that name? HMMMMM
And the very reason I won't show more than a piece of wood and a nail...I want my cut.

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Old 06-26-2011, 07:39 PM
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oopps forgot pic of tool

this is a combo drill and blast tool
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:14 PM
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OK, here's my first entry.

I use this tool to depress the firing pin to remove the firing pin stop.



I made it from a broken punch.
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:25 PM
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Some very awesome and clever tools so far!
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:07 PM
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A little pricier than Logs' block(I wish I'd seen that a long time ago!) but the 10-8 Armorers Block has a pinhole and pin for that very purpose. I can attest that logs' Block works.

don't have pics but I took an old John Trimble penknife with a broken blade and flattened the last 1/2" of the cutting edge with a file. It works great for depressing the Safety plunger when installing a Thumb-Safety. It's thin, and if you're halfway careful, it won't damage the gun at all.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:43 PM
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Hate to say it, but.....using a credit card works quite well.



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Old 06-27-2011, 10:03 PM
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Now we know who Log is,Your B. Name.And I thought I got handed a weird name.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:48 PM
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OK, here's my first entry.

I use this tool to depress the firing pin to remove the firing pin stop.



I made it from a broken punch.
Yeah? That's nice, I use a straightened paper-clip...
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:33 PM
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Yeah? That's nice, I use a straightened paper-clip...
A paper clip to remove the firing pin stop? How does that work on a really tightly fit FPS?
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:53 PM
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a golf tee works great to depress the firing pin and remove the FPS, although that probably depends on the tightness of said FPS
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:21 AM
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So, we only have TWO tools someone made for a specific task? I was kinda hoping for more than using other improvised objects.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:33 AM
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a golf tee works great to depress the firing pin and remove the FPS, although that probably depends on the tightness of said FPS
If the FPS is in tight I can use my tool to depress the firing pin and tap the tool to move the firing pin stop. Notice that the end is just long enough to push the firing pin in; it's almost flush with the back of the firing pin stop so you don't have to guess how far to push it in. When you do this several times per day is saves a few seconds and there is less fumbling.

I don't think you could do that with a paper clip or golf tee.

I was hoping to see some tools people made and share some of mine so folks might be inspired to do the same.

I will post more photos when I return from my trip to Riverside County (Sun City) tomorrow. Crap, I hate having to go to the SPRofK.
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:00 PM
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I built a modified Yavapai slide jig that also holds the barrel to cut the hood and lower lugs.
I would love to have a better fit and easier and more accurate way to hold the barrel but it was what I needed at the time.
I will post pics later, can't do it at work.

Standard jig use...


Modified for barrel machining...this was before I milled the angles on the main block.


I would like to see the big aluminum block that Joe C uses, it looks handy.

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Old 06-28-2011, 09:39 PM
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Here are a few I made:

Main Spring Pin Tool:

Magwell Filler:

9mm Barrel Alignment Gauge:

Slide Pusher

Slide Lapping Tool:



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Do you gunsmiths make any of your (specialty) 1911 tools?

What is the most used tool that you have made?

What is the cleverest tool you have made?

Please provide photos. Thanks.
Not a Smith!
Most used probably the MSH Pin Tool.
Cleverest- Slide Lapping tool.

Next tool to make, Firing Pin Stop Removal tool.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:18 AM
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Here are a few I made:

Main Spring Pin Tool:

Magwell Filler:

9mm Barrel Alignment Gauge:

Slide Pusher

Slide Lapping Tool:





Not a Smith!
Most used probably the MSH Pin Tool.
Cleverest- Slide Lapping tool.

Next tool to make, Firing Pin Stop Removal tool.
Very nice!

If you like my firing pin stop tool I'll sell you the plans to make one for $45.00; you can use paypal.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:35 AM
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Nothing fancy here, just a solid frame fixture that I recently made out of 1" aluminum. My old one had numerous dings plus I had drilled and tapped so many holes in it, there wasn't much metal left

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