5year old Les Baer - "New "on shelf

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by MFM22, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. MFM22

    MFM22 Active Member

    Sep 15, 2020
    So as we tend to do - visit local shops , found a nice Les Baer Custom Carry .
    The first time I handled it figured something was wrong - too damn tight ! Did the research and that's what they are about - tight

    I started thinking it'd be nice to have a quality built 1911 - checked the build date and it was 2015 ..
    It's new no doubt but my concern is what happens to the internal lubes after that long ??
    Factory recommends shooting it without any cleaning or take down - go 500 rounds first .

    Not sure about this 1911 .. tempting but nervous about running a dry gun
    I asked about taking slide off and lubing it - they didn't think it advisable due to the high tolerances- super tight and it would be trouble reassembling ...

    I guess the Specialist sitting next to it is in the running .lol
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  2. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Take it apart and lube it up!!!!!!!!!!!! Grease on the rails.
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  3. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Detail strip it, clean and lube or before you even THINK of shooting it.
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  4. fatbaldguy

    fatbaldguy Cranky old curmudgeon

    Jul 28, 2017
    What he said. rig gun grease.jpg
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  5. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    Use this instead, it's what Uncle Les uses...
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  6. Roundabout

    Roundabout Member

    Aug 1, 2020
    I have one, same vintage, took it down, reassembled after 100 rds, couldn't resist, now have 1000 or so through it, loving it. Les shipped then with a small plastic container of lube, the likes of which I can't say as the label came off. I'd liken it to halfway between a CLP and 30wt oil, have no idea, I recall the name started with an M or N??? Les uses it, I use it cause he said so. Anyhow some of our more knowledgeable addicts wil know. Is the price right?
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  7. 1911_Bandit

    1911_Bandit Batteries_included

    Mar 5, 2020
    Are you referring to MPro7 maybe? That's some good stuff, imo.
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  8. MFM22

    MFM22 Active Member

    Sep 15, 2020
    Makes sense to take it down carefully , I'm thinking if what to offer dealer. Had it at $2100
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  9. HooDoo Man

    HooDoo Man Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 26, 2017
    How the hell did it sit on the shelve since 2015. What did they what 100% over MSRP?
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  10. soverystout

    soverystout Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2019
    Don't take it down. Les provides specific instructions in the nifty cardboard box to save customers from themselves.

    It was drenched in Breakfree CLP from new, just give the rails and lugs another blast of it. leave it nice and wet. When you shoot it, where an old shirt because it will be a mess with CLP if you did it right. Re-apply the CLP as you choose or each 50 rounds fired.

    Do not take the gun a part until you have smoked through 500 enjoyable rounds.

    If you take it down before then, and you have a problem, Les will tell you that you are the problem, not the gun.

    If the shop was asking $2100 5 years ago, they were trying to rob someone. But $2100 now for the same gun is more reasonable, but CJ at 1911 heaven is still less expensive for the same pistol.... delivered.
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  11. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Lube it up good from the outside and give that some time to work. Then, field strip, clean, and reapply. No worries
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  12. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    Offer up $1750

    I got a basically new, 2013 Custom Carry on Gunbroker a year ago for $1600
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  13. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Been working for me since my introduction in 1982
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  14. Roundabout

    Roundabout Member

    Aug 1, 2020
    I like it too but this was/is a petroleum based product. Looked in my range bag, can't find it at the moment--when I do I'll post if someone hasn't come up with it yet. Not certain MPRO7 was out yet? Anyhow I'm always misplacing my glasses car keys et Can't see can't pee, old timers know the drill...
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  15. hpguru

    hpguru Well-Known Member

    Dec 4, 2017
    I would never shoot a gun that had been sitting for that long without stripping and lubing it. I would bet that uncle les might recommend same if you asked him.
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  16. nod

    nod Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Nov 19, 2015
    I agree, if still in the plastic bag soaked with Breakfree wipe off the outside and shoot it. Breakfree is all you will ever need on your LB. I clean, lubricate, and preserve with it. If you shoot a lot you may need a bore cleaner for lead or copper build up.
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  17. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    Might not be a bad idea to call Les and ask him how He would like you to proceed.
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