What noob mistakes did you make with your 1911

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Dalton Wayne, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne New Member

    8
    Nov 11, 2011
    First field strip I put an idiot scratch on mine.:frusty:
     
  2. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
    buying my first 1911 was my mistake...it's an addiction now... :pound:
     

  3. Mechanized

    Mechanized He's a large "member" Supporting Addict

    Sep 24, 2011
    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH fool, Oh darn :bolt: nvm
     
  4. Pat-inCO

    Pat-inCO Olde Fart

    26
    Nov 7, 2011
    Noob mistakes? I bought a Para, got rid of that (glad I did) and then bought a Springfield.
    The Springfield now resides with someone else, who loves it.

    I like my Kimbers.
     
  5. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    I bought a Les Baer TRS,.........then I traded it off for a bolt gun.

    It had been hard chromed & bobtailed by Virgil himself! :der:
     
  6. DAT85

    DAT85 BIG OL' BALD HAID ! Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    Picked up and shot a .45 that my father had back when I was 7 yrs old.

    First centerfire handgun that I ever fired.


    I'm 54 now,and I can't tell you how much this addiction has cost me in 47 yrs. :Cry:

    DAT85
     
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  7. Amsdorf

    Amsdorf Banned

    107
    Sep 24, 2011
    Detailed stripped the slide in my back yard, and firing pin and spring went flying into the grass. Never found them.
     
  8. too_pure

    too_pure Employed

    550
    Nov 9, 2011
    This. It was all of about 6 hours old.
     
  9. jbp84

    jbp84 New Member

    2
    Nov 11, 2011
    Can you guys explain to this newb what the "idiot scratch" is, so that I don't put one on mine if I get a 1911 soon?
     
  10. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
    the scratch on the frame from putting the slide stop back into the frame.
     
  11. Craig19

    Craig19 Member

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    Aug 18, 2011
    When I was reassembling my Dad's Colt Combat Commander the recoil spring shot out from under my thumb. It took me a while to find it, that was a big sigh of relief when I did.
     
  12. JaPes

    JaPes Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    45
    Sep 27, 2011
    Can you explain to yet another newb how to avoid the "idiot scratch"?
     
  13. Pyrenean

    Pyrenean New Member

    19
    Nov 16, 2011
    The essential part is avoiding them. Watch some youtube videos and go slow. Some folks will put a piece of tape or business card under the slide stop before inserting it. Being careful works too!
     
  14. too_pure

    too_pure Employed

    550
    Nov 9, 2011
    I knew all about it before I made my "reassembly mark". I was trying to be careful and everything. It all happened so fast. Haven't done it since though.

    My son learned a few new words that night.

    After a while I stopped noticing it. Guns inevitably get banged up and used looking over time.
     
  15. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    My noob mistake was NOT sending my first 1911 (Norinco) off to Wilson, because they said it would cost about $700-800 and was gonna take 6-8 weeks! At the time, I thought that was WAY too much money and WAY too long a lead time. Boy was I nieve. :pound:
     
  16. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
  17. EdS

    EdS Member

    311
    Sep 21, 2011
    No offense intended.. but there's really no need to modify. If you just go in straight, and use both hands... its a snap!
     
  18. CMG

    CMG Member

    835
    Aug 20, 2011
    It took me a long time to learn to detail strip and re-assemble it while blind-folded.

    Growing up with a Marine GySgt father has it's challenges! :biggrin1:
     
  19. kvtcomdo

    kvtcomdo Member

    45
    Sep 17, 2011
    Idiot Scatch.:frusty:
     
  20. Okie

    Okie Member

    232
    Aug 18, 2011
    Idiot scratch and shooting the recoil spring across the room:Cry:
     
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