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Old 02-26-2020, 04:00 PM
printedpaper printedpaper is offline
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New owner of SW1911

I'm the new owner of a SW1911 108282 my first 1911 . I've got a couple questions. It did not come with a bushing wrench. Do I need one or is that one of those things most dont use anyway? It has a full length guide rod. The next is about the grips. It came with Magpul grips but would like some cocobolo grips. my question is are they thin grips or the standard size. i understand the inserts are different for thick and thin but not sure what inserts i have. last thing, the Thumb saftey is marking the frame a bit. Can I file a bit off the back side of the saftey to prevent any more damage?
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:42 PM
jjfitch jjfitch is offline
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You probably don't need a bushing wrench but it helps control the R/C spring plug as the bushing is being turned.

Even if they are thin grips standard grips will fit with regular grip screws. But be careful since longer screws with thin grips will compress the wood before bottoming on the bushing.

You'll have to provide pics of the thumb safety issues.

All the best,
John, Retired LEO, CA POST Certified Firearms Instructor, NRA Endmt., NRA Instructor, NRA RSO, Blue Lives Matter
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Old 02-26-2020, 09:19 PM
wproct wproct is offline
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Bushing wrench isn't absolutely necessary but helps keep things under control when you are removing recoil spring and cap. I've got this nice dent in the ceiling above my recliner from when I was stripping down my 1911. The wife was not happy!
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Old 04-02-2020, 09:51 AM
drail drail is offline
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Hold a shop rag over the barrel and bushing and wrench. If the plug and spring launches it will go into the rag and you won't put your eyes out.....
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