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Hi all, new here & glad I found this forum. A couple of weeks ago I got my first full size 1911, the PT1911. So far I think it's a real keeper. I have one (with probally more to follow) question. Is it possible to take apart the PT1911 without using the bushing tool?
 

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I've tried to not use the tool BUT........................I cannot push the plug in without the tool. Is there a trick?

And THANKS for the WELCOME!!!!!!
 

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No trick. Just push down and move the bushing to the side. Is there a reason you don't want to use the tool?
 

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"Is there a reason you don't want to use the tool?"

I just thought if you forgot or lost the tool it would be good to know how to take it apart without it. I guess I need a stronger thumb.
 

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i have found that if you cock the hammer and put the safty on, unloaded of course, that it will keep the slide from moving back and make it easier. as well, when you use your thumb nail to depress the sprind plug, push on the bottom edge so you can rotate the bushing. CAUTION::::do not place your head over the end of the gun, if you loose your grip on the spring, the plug and spring will get you. after that its all gravy.
 

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After you have loosened the bushing by taking it off a few times, I keep a small flat screw driver handy to press the spring plug down without eating up the end of your thumb. Good luck and enjoy!
 

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OK this is real easy as I've left my tool in another bag any flat surface will work just be carefull when you release the tension. I've used the side of my pocket knife closed of course. press down on the plug and rotate the bushing.
 

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You can also simply pull the slide back and line it up with the disassembly notch, then push out the slide stop pin. Just hold onto the slide while you do it. No tools, no busted fingers. Make sense?
 
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