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Old 08-06-2020, 03:35 PM
Raiders1976 Raiders1976 is offline
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I need some advice

I have an 18 lb recoil spring in my EB Classic custom and it is a b*tch to field strip. The problem is that the guide rod plug has sharp edges and it cuts grooves into my Wilson Combat wrench when I attempt to compress it. This makes it very difficult to turn the barrel bushing. I've field stripped plenty of 1911's over the years but this is ridiculous. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-06-2020, 05:04 PM
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Either stop taking it down so much.

Or get a metal bushing wrench. It should loosen up somewhat over time.
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Old 08-06-2020, 06:08 PM
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Any suggestions?
How about a "Thumb Buddy"

http://www.slip2000.com/slip2000_thumbbuddy.php
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Old 08-06-2020, 06:14 PM
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You could also take the slide off before you remove the bushing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe57wn2otU4
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Old 08-12-2020, 08:21 AM
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I have an 18 lb recoil spring in my EB Classic custom and it is a b*tch to field strip. The problem is that the guide rod plug has sharp edges and it cuts grooves into my Wilson Combat wrench when I attempt to compress it. This makes it very difficult to turn the barrel bushing. I've field stripped plenty of 1911's over the years but this is ridiculous. Any suggestions?
Maybe time to change that recoil spring. It should have come with a 16.5# spring? Might be that the spring you have is heavier than you think? Try one of our 16.5# (part#9165-G) and see if that makes it easier and unless you are shooting a diet of heavy loads no need for the heavier spring?
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Old 08-12-2020, 09:20 AM
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Knock the edges of the guide rod down with some fine sandpaper.
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Old 08-14-2020, 06:48 PM
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Just take the slide off 1st and that way there will be no tension on the spring and you wasn't lose an eye or damage the drywall on the ceiling
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Old 08-15-2020, 02:47 PM
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Maybe time to change that recoil spring. It should have come with a 16.5# spring? Might be that the spring you have is heavier than you think? Try one of our 16.5# (part#9165-G) and see if that makes it easier and unless you are shooting a diet of heavy loads no need for the heavier spring?
I shoot mostly +P loads so that's why the 18 pounder.
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Old 08-17-2020, 11:26 AM
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You could also take the slide off before you remove the bushing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe57wn2otU4
That's my solution for compensator/bull barrel 1911s and FLGR 1911s.

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Looks like a very helpful item for the tool box. Think I'll order a couple.

Thank you for sharing.
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Old 08-17-2020, 01:47 PM
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Looks like a very helpful item for the tool box. Think I'll order a couple.

Thank you for sharing.
You're welcome.

I hope it works out for you. I haven't used one, but have a bunch of other stuff from SLIP2000, lube, grease, bottles/spray bottles, needle tops, and wipes. All good stuff.

Let us know how the Thumb Buddy works. It seems like a good idea for those that need it.
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Old 08-17-2020, 02:01 PM
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I've had enough recoil spring retaining plugs fly into the ceiling, into walls, and into my face to think that there's got to be a better way.
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