Gun Maintenance

How to Reassemble a 1911- Step By Step Pictures and Instructions

How to put a 1911 back together after field stripping for cleaning, recoil spring replacement, repair or upgrade. The 1911 is my preferred gun and I like to keep it clean. It works best when it is clean and lubricated. If you need to know how to disassemble your 1911, see my tutorial: How to disassemble a Kimber Pro Carry 1911. 1911 Reassembly Instructions This article will show you step-by-step how to reassemble a 1911. Specifically, one with a 5″…

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1911 Function and Safety Check

How to Perform a 1911 function and safety check. Anytime you disassemble or field strip your 1911 for cleaning purposes, recoil spring replacement, plunger tube replacement, upgrade, etc. it is necessary to perform a function and safety check. This is simply a series of steps to be sure that the gun has been assembled properly and the firearm safeties are working normally.. This tutorial will walk you step-by-step through a thorough mechanical function check. The checks in this tutorial are…

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1911 Recoil Spring Replacement Chart

Kimber 1911 Recoil Spring Replacement Guide The recoil spring on any semi-automatic gun is critical to the proper performance of the firearm. Each spring has a particular rating relating to how many pounds of force it takes to compress it by one inch. When a spring undergoes many compressions over time, it will become weaker. Springs wear out and need to be replaced at a particular interval to avoid issues with the recoil operation of your gun. When a recoil…

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How and When to Replace the Recoil Spring on a Kimber Pro Carry 1911

How and when to replace the recoil spring on your Kimber 1911. The recoil spring on your 1911 is critical to the proper functioning and performance of your firearm. However, just like any other spring, it eventually wears out and becomes weaker. When this happens, your firearm will not cycle properly and you will start to experience malfunctions such as a failure to completely load a new round into the chamber. When the spring gets weak, the slide may not…

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Kimber Pro Carry II Disassembly- Pro CDP, Pro TLE II Disassembly

How to Disassemble a Kimber Pro Carry II, Pro Raptor II, Aegis Elite Pro or Ultra Carry 1911 pistol This article will tell and show you all you need to know about the Kimber Pro Carry II disassembly and take down procedure for cleaning purposes, or to replace the recoil spring. The method also works for all Kimber Pro models and Ultra Series pistols. The Kimber Pro Carry II is a 1911 with a 4″ “bull” barrel. The bull barrel…

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How to Disassemble a Kimber 1911- 5″ Barrel Custom Models

How to take apart a Kimber 1911 with a 5″ Barrel. Complete Disassembly and Field Strip Instructions This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to disassemble (Field Strip)  a 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol in .45 ACP. Specifically I will be showing the disassembly of a Kimber Aegis Elite Custom. Kimber 4″ barrel models such as the Pro Carry II have a different take down procedure and use a different tool to remove the slide. See my article: Disassembly of a Kimber Pro Carry…

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How To Clean a Bodyguard 380

I am going to show you step-by-step how to clean a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 pistol. From the field stripping to complete reassembly, this tutorial will allow you how to quickly and confidently perform this task in 15-20 minutes. After you have done this once, you will be able to do it even quicker the next time without instructions. If you have never tried to take down (field strip) your Bodyguard .380, it can be tricky the first time…

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Field Stripping and Reassembling a Kimber 1911 .45 ACP

Kimber 1911 Disassembly & Reassembly Instructions This article will show you step-by-step how to disassemble (Field Strip) and reassemble a Kimber Aegis Elite Custom 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol in .45 ACP.  You will need to know how to field strip your pistol for cleaning purposes. For just the Disassembly, see How to Disassemble a Kimber 1911. This procedure will work for most, if not all makes and models of 1911 pistols with a 5″ barrel. Some will be referred to as…

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How To Clean a Kimber 1911 – Cleaning a 1911 .45 ACP Pistol

Cleaning a 1911 .45 ACP Pistol In this article, I am going to show you, step by step, how to properly clean a Kimber 1911 Pro Carry II pistol.  You will see the gun cleaning tools and supplies that I have used with great results over the past 10 years of heavy gun use. This Kimber .45 ACP model has a 4.25 “bull barrel” which has a different disassembly procedure than a 5” Government Model 1911. The main difference is…

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