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Old 02-14-2014, 10:33 PM
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Rubber O ring for grip screw?

Is there any rubber O-ring I can get locally(say... Lowe's or home depot) that I can use as Grip screw O-Rings?

Anyone know?
If so, does anyone know what size I need?
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:55 PM
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#60 from lowe's will work. or if you go to a hardware store they should be 1/8x1/16.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:07 PM
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At Home Depot plumbing section SAE 1/4 x 1/8 x 1/16 o rings. Googled from 1911 Forum.

10 for about $2.25.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:32 PM
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If you don't want to walk halfway to the next state and have an Ace Hardware locally, they have them in their nut/bolt/screw/washer-and-everything-else section. What they don't have is grip screws for a TCM!
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:07 AM
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I've also found the vinyl tubing available at the same places works well. Just take a grip screw with you and use it to find the right size. A foot will last you many years. Just use a nice new single edge razor blade to slice off a thin section to make a 'washer' from the tubing. For me this worked better than the o-rings which I found to be too thick for most of the grips I have.


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Old 02-15-2014, 01:07 AM
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I just took in a grip screw. I use the o-ring on my carry guns, they last a long time and keep the screws from working loose, without using locking compound.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:19 AM
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Thanks guys. I'm gonna get some today!
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:19 AM
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#60 o rings in the pluming section of lowes or Home Depot is also working for me.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:34 AM
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I have read on other forums that the #60 o-rings are a bit oversized for the job, and that 1.5 mm. X 3 mm. (1/16" X 1/8") o-rings are a better fit. I have tried the #60's on one of my Colts and they were too large.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:43 AM
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I use the #60 rings on all of my 1911's and have not had any problems.

Texagun, I might have to check out the ones the you mentioned though, thanks for the tip!!
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:15 AM
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I have read on other forums that the #60 o-rings are a bit oversized for the job, and that 1.5 mm. X 3 mm. (1/16" X 1/8") o-rings are a better fit. I have tried the #60's on one of my Colts and they were too large.
^ I've used these without any issues.

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Old 02-16-2014, 08:33 AM
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My grips screws don't leak, should I put O-rings on them just in case?
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:40 AM
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My grips screws don't leak, should I put O-rings on them just in case?
only if mainspring housing is cracked and leaking into the frame
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:31 AM
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Can someone please shed light on the whys and the purpose of O rings for grip screws? I've done searches since Mity posted this but can't find anything. Steve
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:48 AM
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OK, I found some info under ths Sig part of the forum. But I've had several 1911 and my new Rock doesn't have them. Least ways, I've yet to see them. I had to use blue Loctite just last week because of screws working loose. Steve
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:15 AM
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Adds friction to the threaded fitting without adding undue torque.

Loctite and rings would be like belt and suspenders.
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:57 AM
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Dave, when I got the handgun a few weeks ago, i took it down to give it the mineral spirits bath. They might have been there , but not knowing they should have been there, I wasn't looking for them. I'm hoping they are simply down in the grip holes. I've got some new grips so maybe I'll find them. This will be my 3rd new 1911. One used one. First time I've heard of o rings. Changed grips on all. Steve
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:56 PM
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They're not there from the factory
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:18 PM
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They aren't usually factory, but the hel get everything TIGHT, without damaging the grips.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:28 PM
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http://www.henkel.mx/mxe/content_data/83738_LT3355v4_MROthreadlocking.pdf


Loctite 222MS Threadlocker
Low Strength/Purple
Perfect for small fasteners up to 14"
diameter (6 mm), long engagement
length fasteners, and components
requiring occasional adjustment. Apply
to threaded parts before assembly.
Parts can be disassembled with hand
tools.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:39 PM
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They're not there from the factory
There we have it. I will try them with my new wood grips. Thanks, Steve
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:09 PM
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If you're going to put Loctite on your grip screws you better have a stronger Loctite on your bushings, else they will spin out and try to get cross-threaded when you reinstall.

The O-rings are a great idea. Makes it easy to take the grips off and maintain the frame, which tends to want to rust with no air circulation under the grips.
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:26 PM
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I've ridden Harley's for 40+ yrs, I know about Loctite. Also, on the 1911, I've owned for about that length. Never seen an O ring. Good advise and thank you, Steve
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:40 PM
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I would recommend that you only use O rings on metal, rubber or metal grips.
If you use O rings on wood grips the extra pressure they create can crack the grips.
Ask me how I know.
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:56 PM
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Noted and thanks
To me , a 1911 is suppose to have wood grips. Don't want them cracked
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