Files and stones for some basic work?

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Migander, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. Migander

    Migander Sun Rise or Sun Set

    Jan 24, 2016
    I want to get started with some basic 1911 work.

    Can fellow Addicts recommend files and stones to perform the following?
    Maybe the best place to get them – Brownells?

    Tuning extractor
    Fitting trigger
    Fit firing pin stop
    Making cut in back of slide stop to ease installing slide stop
    Fitting thumb safety

  2. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017

  3. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    I started with a quality set of needle files, a #2 and #4 file, a white ceramic bench stone, a set of small ceramic stones (round, triangular, square), and a few Arkansas stones. All from Brownells. :)

    Edit: But you have to be careful, otherwise your initial tool purchases can snowball and end up looking like this: IMG_0025.jpeg
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2018
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  4. MDP

    MDP MP Custom

    Jul 22, 2016
    Otto frei for files. I use sandpaper on sanding sticks much more that stones. Save the stones for trigger work.

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