Normal Maintenance

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by pcar157, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. pcar157

    pcar157 Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2019
    Have a DW Pointman 9. Was wondering if there is any type of normal maintenance schedule, other than clean and lube, for say 1,000 rnds, 3,000 rnds, 5,000 rnds and onward?
  2. k38

    k38 Active Member

    Aug 4, 2014
    You'll get a lot of different answers to this one. I wipe off the feed ramp and inside the slide every 50 rounds or so and lubricate. I field strip and clean thoroughly every 200 or 300 rounds. If I'm feeling ambitious, I detail strip the slide and clean every 1500--2000 rounds. I'm too much of a klutz to detail strip the frame, but plenty of guys here do, at various intervals. You'll want to change out the recoil spring eventually; there will be no agreement on the round count: some will change at 1500, others will let it go until 5000.
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  3. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    My maintenance schedule:

    A touch of lube before shooting

    Field strip and clean/lube at 500 rds

    Change recoil and firing pin spring at 2000 rds

    Detail strip, clean/lube and change recoil-firing pin-mainspring at 4000 rds
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  4. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    May be a little excessive but I field strip and clean after every fireing and detail strip and clean after 500rds or when I carry in adverse conditions.
    An old habit from a time when my life depended on a firearm functioning flawlessly .
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  5. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    I keep it simple...

    A, I field strip - clean & lube every time I shoot a gun ...
    B. Every 2,000 rds, I do a complete strip on the gun down to a bare frame ..clean, inspect & lube. If you don't shoot it much it once a Qtr.
    C. On springs.... I have changed a little over time...springs are better now...
    1. Recoil springs I use Wilson flat spring & they say 40,000 rds before replacement.
    2. Firing pin spring replace at about 20,000 rds
    3. Mainspring ... I replace at about 50,000 rds
    4. Sear spring ....I replace at about 100,000 rds...
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  6. pcar157

    pcar157 Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2019
    Thanks everyone. I have not any problems to make a claim for warranty service. However knowing manufacturers of other things they typically look for a reason not to honor a warranty claim. So I am just doing a little due diligence in case a claim should arise I don't want to hear "well you didn't change this or that......." Perhaps I should reach out to DW and see if they have any recommendations. I do field strip, clean and lube after every range visit. Kind of enjoy that part of gun ownership as well.
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  7. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    I lube any gun befor eshooting( since my hand surgery ,many were not shot for quite a while) .

    I wipe the barrel clean and the chamber after each session

    field strip clean and relube after 100 rounds.

  8. dakota1911

    dakota1911 Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    Well there is......


    Sorry. Could not resist. Colt had an add back about 1984 or so when they introduced models in SS that showed a Colt SS 1911 in a dishwasher and that was printed in many gun mags of the time. If you have questions on your CZ/DW I would call them and ask. That could be good or bad experience. Anything I tell you may or may not be what CZ/DW thinks is what is good for one of their pistols.

    For what it is worth I field strip, clean, lube, and inspect after every range trip although that may happen the day after the range trip. Depending on the inspection then the experience may go further.
  9. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    I field strip, clean, lube and inspect the gun every time I shoot it. A detail strip is done once a year. I've never kept a gun long enough to need a spring change.
  10. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    Carry guns get field stripped, cleaned and lubed every time I shoot them cause Elmer Keith said so.

    Competition pistols just get lubed during the season unless they start acting up. It's fun to see how disgusting they can get and still run fine.

    I detail strip the slides far more often than the frames. (Probably every 2000 rounds) Extractors get covered in crud. Bill Wilson has said he never takes the lower half of a 1911 apart once it is working the way he wants.

    Recoil springs and firing pin springs once a year at minimum. I've taken some high round count classes where I was tempted to swap springs out after the weekend.

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