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Hi -

Please move this thread to the Beginner's Corner, etc. if it's more appropriate there.

So far, I've been lucky to not bugger up my 1911's by using the random tools I have at hand. I think it's time for me to invest in a proper set of tools for working on my 1911's.

What are your recommendations?
  • for a basic set? for field-stripping, detail-stripping, and maintenance?
  • for a good set? to do the above and possibly some "tuning?"
  • for a great set? perhaps what the pro's use?
Your advice is much appreciated.

Forgive me if my google-fu missed any relevant threads. Please point me to the links.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Go to Brownell's and look at their gunsmith tool section.
For general maintenance get a good set of screw drivers for "gun smith's".
Next a set of punches for removing pins.
A copy of the Kuhnhausen or equivalent 1911 maintenance and repair manual.
Report back after a year!

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Chapmen gunsmith screw driver set or the Brownell's equivalent.
10-8 plastic tool or similar
Plastic small mallet
Hard Arkansas stone flat and found
1/16, 3/32, 1/8 punches , more for alignment and pushing pins, not hammering etc LOL
Padded Jaws for your vice
Lots of other stuff but that will get you started.
 
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I just received the basic Chapman screwdriver set for about $35 from Brownells. I couldn't believe the great quality in that set for the price. Includes a screwdriver handle as well as a ratchet. So far I haven't found a screw it can't fit.
 

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find myself using the wood off a clothes pin and a nail setter more times that not
 

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***disclaimer...... I am a hobbyist at gun tinkering... nothing more!!!***
This is what I put together for me as they pertain to your 3 part question in the O.P.

#1 pic: Obviously these are basic items to disassemble & maintain.
#2 pic: These will help you do some tuning. Brass punches save on the finishes, jeweler files, various grit stones & of course, measuring tools.
#3 pic: Are tools that allow me to actually fit parts when I build my projects.
Precision gauge pins help me measure grooves & holes. Pull gauge for measuring extractor tension & trigger pull. Kart barrel fitting kit for tuning the upper barrel lugs. Sight pusher for removing & installing sights. Extractor tension adjusting tool. Plunger tube staking tool for installing plunger tubes. Lower barrel lug cutting kit. The Matrix (black block) and stones are for fitting the frame rails to the slide rails.

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Most used for detail strip and reassembly:
Bushing Wrench
Starrett 3/32 Pin Punch
Small Brass Hammer
Hockey Puck (makes a great bench block)
The screw in point from a scriber with a tapered point
(works great to align disco and sear as well as Series 80 parts)
Good screwdriver
Needle File Set
Misc. stones and sandpaper

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6" Digital Caliper
0-1" Micrometer
Something to magnify, glasses, optivisor, etc..
 

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Great assortment of beneficial tools listed above. I have a combination of many posted as well.
Not to say that these tools aren’t beneficial in performing many repairs and parts changes, I must say though, the 1911 was designed to detail strip without any tools other than what the pistol is built from.
Enjoy your newfound interest!
 

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OK, since the flood gates have opened.....a deep credit card and an understanding spouse!

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