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Old 11-25-2014, 10:55 PM
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Hex Head Bushings... Why did it take 100 Years?.

Challis Grips is proud to announce its new Hex Head grip screw bushings.

Easy to install and EASY TO REMOVE. These new bushings have a hex head and are installed and removed with a simple nut driver. The question most often asked about the bushings is, "Why did it take 100 years for someone to think of this?"

The bushings, accessories and an info sheet are available on the Products Page at challisgrips.com.

An interesting review of the new bushings was posted in the parts and accessories bin. Check it out at https://forums.1911forum.com/showthre...hlight=challis

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Old 11-26-2014, 11:59 AM
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What a great idea!!
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:50 PM
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I would have posted sooner but I have been in awe looking at them. Great idea!
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An Epiphany!

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Below is a cutaway showing a grip installed on a bushing assembly fitted with both O-rings.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:08 AM
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Your cutaway is awesome!

I kept forgetting to pick up a nut driver so I tool a 3/8-16 flat head socket screw, which has a 7/32 socket, screwed it into a Nylon handle, and turned the head down for a neat little tool. The socket was tight and I had to diamond file it a little bigger but I'm there now and trying the new bushings out on a project.
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sculptor - your images are outstanding, I loved the cutting edge! The cut away really demonstrates to anyone looking, the benefits of the hex head bushing! Thanks for the detailed and visually informative presentation.
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:39 PM
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Your cutaway is awesome!

I kept forgetting to pick up a nut driver so I tool a 3/8-16 flat head socket screw, which has a 7/32 socket, screwed it into a Nylon handle, and turned the head down for a neat little tool. The socket was tight and I had to diamond file it a little bigger but I'm there now and trying the new bushings out on a project.
Hey Ned, that sounds like something I would do. I love making my own tools. But for those not into making their own, I have properly sized nut drivers available here: http://www.challisgrips.com/1911-Gri...show=40&page=1

One is a simple nut driver. The other is preset to the torque I recommend for installing the bushings. Both are excellent quality.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:47 AM
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Well I can just tell ya that I now have a nice told for this BUT "if I'd known then what I know now"..... I'd have just bought yours!

Sometimes things get out of hand. After getting the screw well bottomed-out into the handle, and the screw's socket sized up just a few thou to fit the bushings, I realized the handle was a little to plain.

I had been out to the FRAG tree earlier, carefully hand-picking some for the 1911 I'm working on. Some had fallen to the ground on their own and would otherwise go to waste so I gathered them up and put them on the handle of the new tool.....

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I had been out to the FRAG tree earlier, carefully hand-picking some for the 1911 I'm working on. Some had fallen to the ground on their own and would otherwise go to waste so I gathered them up and put them on the handle of the new tool.....
I've been wanting a FRAG tree! Send me some seeds if you get a chance. It may be too dry for them here, but I'd like to give it a try. They sure did that handle up nice. I'm glad you didn't didn't use too many...any bigger, that handle in a strong hand could easily over torque those brass bushings.

The one I sell ain't as pretty, but it makes nice little clicks when you turn it just so...
(And it's a whole lot easier to change the socket size.)
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Yesterday a top notch pistolsmith posted comments on Facebook about the Hex Head Bushings. Another great pistolsmith commented on the post. I copied both of their comments below:

"Finally installing a set of Brian Challis bushings. Quality and the easiest set that I have installed. Great job Brian!"

"i installed my first set today as well, that should have happened 100 year ago."
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I like those!! Good work!
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So are you saying the O-rings are mandatory?
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:47 PM
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So are you saying the O-rings are mandatory?
The O-rings are entirely optional. In many instances they are of little value, but with certain materials they can minimize or eliminate damage to grips and frame. You can read details in this information sheet.
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The only problem I have had is getting the original bushings OUT.
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The only problem I have had is getting the original bushings OUT.
Removing the old style bushings can be a difficult task. Because of this, I don't recommend that anyone change their bushings without a specific purpose. If you do feel the need to change to the new hex head bushings I recommend that you read the posts in this thread, Challis hex head 1911 grip bushings - A user review.
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