Anyone else have trouble disassembling 1911 w reverse plug?

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  1. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    Dec 15, 2018
    Any special tricks to easily remove slide stop lever in order to disassemble 1911 with reverse plug?
     
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  2. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    A paper clip most likely. The full length guide rod will have a hole in it. Bend the paper clip and stick it in there.

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    Some may include a small lever to assist.

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  3. Lou1

    Lou1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 1, 2018
    AD467C15-CF0B-4C6D-ACD8-7CA983B7236D.jpeg The paper clip will work but I bought this from Brownell and it really helps. I think its called a reverse plug retention clip. It was eight bucks.
     
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  4. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    If you want to save some scratches on the front side of your reverse plug...
    I use .080 lawn trimmer string. Has always worked for mine...
     
  5. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    I use paper clips that have that plastic outer shell, they don’t make a dent in the plug. Always remove the slide stop first thing.
     
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  6. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    Dec 15, 2018
    Thank you all for your advice, but I'm not sure if I'm explaining this right. The reverse plug absolutely will not come out if I simply rotate the barrel bushing like most 1911s. I have to pull the slide back to the 2nd notch on the slide and then push the slide stop lever toward me until it's out. Then I can gently let the spring pressure release until I can remove the slide. After that ordeal I can disassemble, clean & lube my 1911.

    I have a big problem putting it back together cuz I do not have a full length guide rod. So me, with a disabled left hand/arm has to somehow hold a 20 pound spring to the barrel until I get the slide back on. Should I request a full length guide rod from the gunsmith? It takes all of my strength to get the small guide rod and spring into place.
     
  7. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    I can show pics if u need
     
  8. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    I was told by Clark Custom Guns that this is the proper way to disassemble their "meltdown" 1911 Custom Combat. It's just hard as he'll.
     
  9. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    Dec 15, 2018
    And reassembling is tougher on me with a tiny guide rod. It's gorgeous though, and shoots 1/2" or better at 50 yds from a ransom rest with a proper load.
     
  10. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    Dec 15, 2018
    I use a small wooden dowel to remove the slide stop without marring the finish.
     
  11. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    I even sent it back down to Clark Custom Guns in Louisiana to check it out, and they said I got it right. Cost me over $100. I've never even shot it. I just wanted to make sure it was perfect for me, or perfect if i wanted to sell.
     
  12. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    I've got a Colt Compact (Officer's ACP size) Meltdown, I haven't had it apart in a while but I don't require it being a huge problem. I'll get it out and pull the slide off and try it.
     
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  13. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    Dec 15, 2018
    That would be AWESOME!!! Thank you!
    Best,
    Ed
     
  14. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    Dec 15, 2018
    Mine's a .45 ACP Longslide meltdown.
     
  15. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    You need to post up some pics, that thing has got to be wicked cool looking!
     
  16. mrdocalavich

    mrdocalavich Member

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    Dec 15, 2018
    U got it. I told them to make it as tight as possible and still function flawlessly. Coming up.
     
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    Not sure if these are coming through.
     

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    1217182031b.jpg Not sure if these are coming through.
     
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