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    Complete disassembly / reassembly

    Well, after many hundreds of rounds down the pipe of my PT1911AR, I finally worked up the nerve to do a complete strip, clean, lube, and reassemble. I was a bit anxious going into it, thinking I might end up with a box of parts headed to a smith, but after several undisturbed hours, I got ‘er done.

    All the safety and functional tests pass, so the next step is to get it to the range for a proper test. And now that I know my way around the insides, I promise not to let it get so dirty again.
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    Good for you! I haven't ventured that far yet! One of these days I will get daring too. My biggest adventure has been to replace the extractor, that's it. Well of course field strip for general cleaning.

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    a detailed strip of a 1911 is important to know so that you can understand the inner workings of the pistol. This helps when you have issues with reliability as dirt and grime hide in the oddest places. Test that by firing a box of Tulammo right after you do your reassembly and tear it down again. that will show you where the gunk likes to hide.
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    I just did the samz thing with my PT-945.
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    Glad all the test passed. One thing that I learned and use every time after taking mine apart is to do a pencil test to make sure the 80 series safety is working properly. Make sure the gun is unloaded put the pencil down the barrel eraser side down barrel first. Aim the gun towards the celling and pull the trigger (it does have to be cocked) the pecil should fly out of the pistol almost to the celling. If it doesn't the gun is probably not going to work at the range. Just a simple good way to check and make sure it is completely assymbled correct.
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    Good job and congrats on getting it all back together. It always seems to me that the disassemble is easier than the reassembly. You were not kidding - it really does look dirty in the picture!

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    After the first time, it becomes much easier and quicker to do a full takedown, although, those series 80 parts will always be a
    pain....especially if, like me, you have fat fingers.
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    SO how lucky were you with yours?
    by that i mean how many extra parts did they put in yours?
    a couple of my 1911's only had 1 or 2 extra parts but some had 3 -4 extra parts !
    its amazing to me that none of them extra parts fell out while i was shooting them?
    I saved all the extras and when i get enough i am going to try to build a complete 1911 from what i got in the shoe box.-----
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    Grandpa always said, " 'Tis better to end up a few parts extra, than to be a few too short". Grandpa had a lot of shoe boxes.
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    No extra parts or "packing bolts" as I sometimes call the leftovers.

    After manually checking the safeties and action, I did the pencil test. Shot the pencil across the living room! Still need to get to the range. Soon.
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