Broke my 1911pd

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by jfbong1911, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. jfbong1911

    jfbong1911 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2018
    Well after thousands of rounds through the old boy I finally broke something on the beast. Need a new plunger tube . Will take pics of the repair when the part come in. But here are some pictures of the carnage.:frown: 1911pd2.jpg 1911pd3.jpg
  2. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Watching for details.
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  3. Acroyer

    Acroyer Off my meds Supporting Addict

    Dec 16, 2015
  4. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    Known weak point.
    I trust you are getting a name brand homogeneous replacement and are making sure of an internal countersink.
  5. apipeguy

    apipeguy Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Needed to replace a plunger tube earlier this year and bought Brownells Plunger Tube Tool. Made the job very easy.
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  6. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
  7. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
  8. BuckyP

    BuckyP Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    Not sure why more companies don’t integrate that part with the frame at this point. Purism?
  9. grayghostforge

    grayghostforge Hit it while its hot

    May 17, 2017
    the argument I've heard is if the tube gets crushed it can be replaced. My counter would be "Dont you think hit enough to crush that tube is going break the frame too?"
  10. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2018
    No have seen tubes damaged with no frame damage at all. Look at a tube as a stand alone part it is not very robust to say the least.
  11. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    I've replaced plunger tubes on 1 Springfield and 3 Mimbers.

    Look for the 10-8 Precision article on doing this job. Makes for a better than factory install.
  12. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    If you manage to squash your integral plunger tube, you "just" mill it off and put on a GI type.

    The main advantage of the separate plunger tube is in manufacture. Before the plunger tube and grip screw bushings go on, the sides of the receiver are dead flat off the mill or surface grinder. Note that most of the integral plunger tubes are on cast receivers.
    Also made for reparability in Army service.
  13. BuckyP

    BuckyP Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    I think if it was more than a tube, like the 2011 or Caspian high cap has, you’d be hard pressed to crush it.
  14. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    I broke one on my Wilson 5" Protector model in 9mm about 2 years ago ( gun was 11 yrs old ) and had around 225,000 rds thru it ..../ I didn't do the repair - sent it to Wilson Combat under warranty....they fixed and returned it in about a week. I was happy ..!! ( they pay freight both ways too ...).
  15. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    Humm, My Caspian Titanium officer Model has the Integral Plunger Tube.

  16. jfbong1911

    jfbong1911 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2018

    I like to do my own repairs , just something I like to do.:)

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