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Old 04-01-2020, 08:11 AM
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I just picked up a Professional last night. Got a great deal on it from D & L out in Rhode Island, and had it shipped to Ohio. They have some good deals out there right now. Well at least when I ordered mine. What is the standard practice to break these in? I’ve read various thoughts on this, but figured this would be a better place. It sucks that I cannot take it through it’s paces do to the current pandemic going on. Also, is there a trick to getting the bushing off with out loosening the tolerances? Thank you in advance. And yes I’ll post pics of it along with my RO Elite Target that I picked up two weeks ago. I have the gun bug right now. Thank you in advance.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:25 AM
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That's a nice 1911. Congratulations. It's up into Wilson territory as far as price.

Is this pistol hand-fitted? Forged parts? Hand checkering?
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Old 04-01-2020, 09:41 AM
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Thank you. Yes it’s all hand fitted complete with front and rear checkering. It’s so tight that I have to cock the hammer first, and then REALLY get a grip on the slide to lock it back. When I put it into battery, I have to give the slide a bump at the end. It needs to break in. I love that tightness.
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Old 04-01-2020, 02:54 PM
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Hi there,

Also, is there a trick to getting the bushing off with out loosening the tolerances?
I remove the slide first, then remove the recoil spring and guide. Then I will unlock the barrel and push it forward about an inch before removing the barrel bushing.

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Old 04-01-2020, 02:59 PM
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Shoot it and clean, shoot some more.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:23 PM
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First do not break it down till you shoot 500 rds through it .
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:25 PM
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I remove the slide first, then remove the recoil spring and guide. Then I will unlock the barrel and push it forward about an inch before removing the barrel bushing.

-- gordon

Do this but I will add use the barrel itself to knock the bushing out of the
slide .
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Old 04-02-2020, 12:09 AM
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I've read that SA does not radius the tips of the Pro's sear spring, rather they let the coating smooth the interaction with the other fire control components. This is true on my 2013 vintage Pro, don't know if this is true with yours.
You can actually feel the hard edges interact when you pull the trigger. A few minutes with fine and finer stone to radius the spring tips will make a difference you can detect, IMO.
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Old 04-02-2020, 07:43 PM
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Rob used to make Professionals at SACS . Now he makes Cabot's and ACW's

Best way to field strip a 1911
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe57wn2otU4


Enjoy your Professional . They are one of the best values in the 1911 world
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Old 04-03-2020, 11:35 AM
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Thank you Billy 1911 for the video. I wish I could go shoot it l, but all ranges are closed.
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:14 PM
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Shoot it and clean, shoot some more.

This is also my method of "breaking it in." I shoot one box of 50 or whatever I feel like that day ( 50 rounds minimum) and if there are no malfunctions, I consider it broken in. I then take it back to the range and shoot more through it whenever I feel like it. I've been doing it this way for over 50 years. When I do encounter a malfunction, I determine the cause and fix it.
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:53 PM
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Also, is there a trick to getting the bushing off with out loosening the tolerances? ....
Good luck on taking the bushing off. That thing is ungodly tight. My friend has a Pro and is an experienced 1911 shooter and owned several high ends 1911s. He couldn't remove the bushing so he sent his back to Springfield to have them "loosened" the bushing fit. Even after the custom shop loosened the bushing, it is still super tight.


My friend loaned me his Pro for a month. And after a range session, I decided to field strip the gun and see what the inside looks like. He's not exaggerating when he said the gun is tight. Removing the bushing wasn't as difficult as putting it back on. I swear I would never take the gun apart again.
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Old 04-03-2020, 04:46 PM
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This is also my method of "breaking it in." I shoot one box of 50 or whatever I feel like that day ( 50 rounds minimum) and if there are no malfunctions, I consider it broken in. I then take it back to the range and shoot more through it whenever I feel like it. I've been doing it this way for over 50 years. When I do encounter a malfunction, I determine the cause and fix it.

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Do You have a Pro ? Just saying like Ricky T . I shot my Pro 250 rds and
tried to take it apart . It was the worst Idea I've ever had . It was really
hard to get the bushings out on both my Pro and on my TGO I waited
700 rds and it was easier but not by much .
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Old 04-03-2020, 05:56 PM
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When I got my Pro I could barely rack the slide and removing the bushing was a much harder task.Things are a bit easier now but the pistol is still very tight. I wondered if the FBI had a breakin protocol before they let an agent carry one on duty.
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Old 04-03-2020, 06:25 PM
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This is the gun. It had several thousand rounds through it by the time he loaned it to me for a month.

Don't look too close, you might see some holster wears.
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Old 04-03-2020, 06:39 PM
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Don't look too close, you might see some holster wears.
Holster wear just adds character and shows a gun is not a safe queen, l love to see it!
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Old 04-03-2020, 07:24 PM
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Holster wear just adds character and shows a gun is not a safe queen, l love to see it!


I was going to say the same thing .

After 8000 rds its still tight . Just not as tight

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Old 04-04-2020, 03:01 AM
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I carried a Pro-Model for years as my duty pistol. The first time I went to clean it. I was taking the end cap off. My finger slipped. The end cap launched like a missile. The end cap punched a hole in the plastic light cover in the ceiling light in my laundry room. I would recommend safety glasses when you disassemble your new pistol. You have made a great purchase.
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Old 04-04-2020, 09:20 PM
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Congrats on the new beauty. I just grabbed a RO elite compact from D&L 3 weeks ago. They have amazing prices.
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Old 04-05-2020, 12:59 AM
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When I got my Pro I could barely rack the slide and removing the bushing was a much harder task.Things are a bit easier now but the pistol is still very tight. I wondered if the FBI had a breakin protocol before they let an agent carry one on duty.
When they were newly issued, yeah....2500 rounds in 5 days, and then only if you passed the SWAT qual.
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Old 04-06-2020, 09:04 PM
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I have another question on the Professional roll mark. Mine just has just the Professional roll mark but it doesn’t have the 45.cal below it. The. .45 cal is on the frame. Thoughts.
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Old 04-07-2020, 04:42 PM
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I have another question on the Professional roll mark. Mine just has just the Professional roll mark but it doesn’t have the 45.cal below it. The. .45 cal is on the frame. Thoughts.
That would be the new rollmarks Springfield has gone to.
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Old 04-07-2020, 09:23 PM
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I like this look better. Less of a billboard look. Thank you for that info!
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Old 04-08-2020, 02:51 PM
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When they first changed them, I was skeptical to say the least, but now I actually think they look pretty good.
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Old 04-12-2020, 09:00 AM
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I’m bored out of my mind with this pandemic, so I was looking and my Pro and was wondering if the blending at the rear looks ok.
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