The Challis Bushing Extractor Tool is worth every penny

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Greg45acp, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned

    Oct 31, 2016

    Such a great design. A grip screw is used to secure the toolhead to the bushing and makes removing even staked on bushings easy.

    Very well thought out. Saved me the hassle of the other methods for removing stubborn bushings and possibly horking up the threads in the frame.
  2. pistolwretch

    pistolwretch Dremel jockey Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    I need to try one of these!
    My standard is the sleeved driver, with or without heat, as sold by Brownells.
    If that does not get them out, I go to the Deadly Vise-Grips!
    And when that doesn't work, I set the frame up on the mill and machine them out.
    Recent Colts have SEVERELY staked bushings. I'd guess one or more of the assemblers has a heavy hammer or a STRONG arm!
    Myself, I see ZERO need for staking. This is the 22nd century and we have access to thread locking compounds that are MORE than up to the task of securing a fine threaded detail.

  3. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    I own the challis tool also, It's so nice I can't wait for any new guys and the chance to use it ;)
  4. 7.62Kolectr

    7.62Kolectr On guard

    Jun 6, 2018
    I used it on two of my Colt Commanders.
    One .45 and the other a 9mm. On one the bushings weren't staked yet on the other they were. The Challis tool removed them with ease. Best $20 you'll ever spend.

    Pics here in this review I did.

  5. WWB

    WWB Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    The challis tool is worth having makes life a whole lot easier.
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  6. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    Ditto the above good comments re: Challis - great products!
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  7. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    Very good high quality products, I like the various screw head designs also. Anytime I change grips I use Challis bushings and screws. I have not bought the removal tool yet as I’ve been pretty lucky removing bushings.
  8. apipeguy

    apipeguy Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Would never try to remove a standard bushing without one. All of Brian’s products are fantastic and I continue to add additional tools with every order. I do not own a 1911 without Challis bushings on it.
  9. little horn

    little horn New Member

    Sep 20, 2018
    so what bushing is this for?
  10. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
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  11. dimedog

    dimedog Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2017
    Ditto the OP....Makes it super easy on any bushings.
  12. little horn

    little horn New Member

    Sep 20, 2018
    and that was easier than just answering the question?????
  13. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    grip bushings
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  14. little horn

    little horn New Member

    Sep 20, 2018
    and what does this add to the gun? what problem is being solved here?
  15. little horn

    little horn New Member

    Sep 20, 2018
    you do realize that there is more than one type of bushing...right?
  16. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    Alright. I tried to help. I gave you a direct and definitive answer to your specific question.

    I know what it does, as does everyone else in this thread. You will be better suited to google it and figure it out for yourself.
  17. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Awesome write up, 7.62!
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  18. little horn

    little horn New Member

    Sep 20, 2018
    wow. so helpful. so basically you come here to show off what you know and not really to help. got it.
    seriously, what is the point in you guys being on here if your answer to anything that requires you to explain anything is "google it"???
  19. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    You are going to really hate it here.
  20. 7.62Kolectr

    7.62Kolectr On guard

    Jun 6, 2018
    Thanks. For such a simple tool and for as many who have bragged about it I found the 1911 forum lacking in a simple review/tutorial thread on it.

    Like I said in the review 'did I need it?' No.
    'Did it improve function of the guns?' No
    But us boys and their toys like to tinker, mod and mentally feel like things are superior after doing so.
    And since everything together was only like $60 I figured heck why not. As I was doing it a few things came up so I figured why not just take pics and make a tutorial/review for future use? As seen in the thread the 9mm bushings were staked in with a prominent X. I don't really know of anything that would remove them so easily and so mentally stress free? Not to mention the reverse is true. Using the 7/32 socket I put the new bushing in it and having a larger piece in my hand it was much easier to get the new ones started into the frame.
    The Challis bushing 'system' is now so well known and respected that every new Wilson comes with them already in the gun, O rings and all.

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