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Old 03-25-2005, 03:06 PM   #1
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1911 grip bushing removal

getting started on my 1st checkering of a front strap. it's a springer 1911 and i need to remove the grip screw bushings. are they loctited in or just really torqued in there? any advice appreciated
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Old 03-25-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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"springer"?

Most GI or early commercial pistols had grip screw bushings that were staked in place and you can see a pattern on the inside of the bushing. If you don't see that then they're probably glued in somehow. Torque alone probably wouldn't hold them.

The best way to remove or tighten them is to use a special tip that has a blade to fit the slot within a socket that supports the od of the bushing. That way you're not likely to damage the bushing.
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:31 PM   #3
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Oh, I hope he's not messing up a Singer.....
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Old 03-26-2005, 01:16 PM   #4
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Don't you think it would be kinda fun to accurize a $20,000 gun?
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I'd like to have before and after pictures. Before he learned he had turn a $20,000 gun into a $1,000 gun.... And after.
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Old 03-29-2005, 09:35 AM   #6
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Maybe it's a Springfield Armory. I hope.
rgrgutis; You will probably ruin the frame messing with the grip screw bushings. They're staked in to keep them from loosening when you need to unscrew the grip screw. If you force them out, you could ruin the threads in the thin section of the grip, which can only be fixed by tapping the hole oversized and using an oversized bushing. At the least, you will ruin the bushings. Most people figure on replacing them if they have to be removed.
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I ONCE DID A SINGER.....A LOOONG TIME AGO IN A STRANGE LAND,
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Old 04-01-2005, 03:56 PM   #8
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How can you sleep at night?

BTW: let me know if you run into any old Pachmayr guns for sale.
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