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.

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 “Government” models. Different Manufacturers may use other names to signify a 5″ full size 1911. For example, Kimber refers to some of their 5″ models as “Custom”, such as Master Carry Custom. The Master Carry Pro will have their 4″ barrel, and the Master Carry Ultra will have a 3″ Barrel.

This procedure will not work for a Kimber model with a “bull barrel”. Most of the 4″ 1911 Models use a different design to lock the barrel to the slide. If you have the 4″ model, see my article Cleaning a Kimber 1911 Pro Carry.

1911 Barrel Bushing on Left Bull Barrel on Right

1911 Barrel Bushing on Left, Bull Barrel on Right

Field stripping is basically removing the slide from the frame, and the removing the recoil spring, guide rod and barrel. Once this is accomplished, these components can then be cleaned and lubed as outlined in my article: Cleaning a Kimber 1911.

The cleaning procedure and products used will certainly work on any 1911, and most other guns as well. Just be aware that if you are going to clean a Glock, Springfield XD series or Smith & Wesson M & P firearm or other gun with “plastic” parts, be sure to use a cleaner designed for that use. such as Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber Synthetic Safe Cleaner. Some of the more common cleaners are harsh on plastics and polymers.

If this is the first time you are doing this, do not fear! It is not hard if you follow the steps. The next time you do it you will be a pro and will not likely need these instructions. It looks like a lot of steps but I broke it down as far as I could to make it as clear and easy as possible.

Step by step direction are below, but you can also watch my videos. The first is for the Field Strip and the second is the reassembly:

Here is the reassembly video:

Step by Step Instructions: Disassembly-Field Strip a 1911

Here is the 1911 We are Going to Field Strip

Here is the 1911 We are Going to Field Strip

Here are the steps:

Remove the magazine

Empty the chamber of any rounds

Repeat the last 2 steps. BE SURE THE GUN IS UNLOADED.

Set the gun on a table or bench with the barrel facing up. Wear eye protection in case the recoil spring launches the plug into your face.

Align Barrel Bushing Wrench and Press Down

Line up the barrel bushing wrench with the bushing and apply downward pressure on the plug until you can turn the wrench.

Turn the Wrench clockwise to the 9 o clock Position

Turn the wrench clockwise to the 9 o’clock position.

Release SpringTension Slowly

Carefully and slowly reduce pressure and allow plug to rise as tension is released from the recoil spring. Be careful or the spring will launch the plug across the room. I know this for a fact.

Recoil spring Tension Released

Once the recoil spring is loose, the slide will move easily.

Line Up Notch in Slide with Slide Stop

Line up the notch in the slide with the Slide lock lever as shown.

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Push Slide Stop Lever from the other side until it Starts coming Up

Press on the slide Lock lever pin on the opposite side of the gun to start pushing it up enough to grab it.

Pull Slide Stop Lever Out and Put Aside

Remove the slide lock Lever and set it aside.

Slide will Now Come off the Front of the Frame

Remove the slide by pulling it off the front of the frame.

Pull Recoil Spring Out the Front and Remove guide rod

Remove the recoil spring from the slide assembly by pulling it out the front and remove the guide rod as well by pulling it up out the back.

Rotate Barrel Bushing Counter clockwise as Far as It Will Go

Use the barrel bushing wrench and turn the bushing counter-clockwise almost as far as it will go. There is a “key way” that needs to line up with the notch in the slide.

Pull Bushing Out the Front Along the Barrel

Remove the barrel bushing by pulling it out the front. Use the barrel to help push it out if necessary.

Slide the Barrel Out the Front of the Slide

Remove barrel from the front of the slide. You likely will need to flip the barrel lug forward so it will fit.

1911 Fully Field Stripped

You have now field stripped your 1911.

Now you can clean and lubricate each component.

Reassembly of your 1911 5″ Government Pistol

Slide the Barrel all the Way into the Slide

Place the slide upside down on your bench and slide the barrel  into the slide.

 

Line up the Notch in the Barrel Bushing

Line up the barrel bushing as shown and press it into place firmly against the front of the slide.

 

Using the barrel bushing wrench, turn the bushing clockwise to the 9 o’clock position.

Place the Guide Rod on Top of the Barrel

Lay the slide on the bench upside down and place the guide rod on top of the barrel as shown.

Slide the Smaller End of the Recoil Spring onto the Guide Rod

Slide the tighter, smaller end of the recoil spring onto the guide rod and seat it firmly.

Make sure the Barrel Lug is Perpendicular to the Slide

While holding the barrel and guide rod in place, turn the slide sideways as shown and be sure the barrel lug is perpendicular to the barrel.

Slide the Assembly Into the Frame until The Barrel Lug Lines Up with the Hole in the Frame

Slide the assembly onto the rails of the frame until the barrel lug is lined up with the hole in the frame.

Insert slide Stop Pin

Insert the slide stop pin through the hole in the frame and line up the notch in the slide with the square hole in the frame as shown.

Line up the slide stop Lever with the Hole

Line up the slide stop lever with the hole.

** Be careful here. If you do not line things up as shown, you may scratch your gun when pressing the lever into place.

Press the lever into the frame

Press the lever into place by applying even pressure to both ends of the lever.

Move the slide forward all the Way and lock the Safety

Once in place, move the slide all the way forward and lock it there with the safety lever.

Place the Gun on the Bench Pointing Up

Place the gun on the bench facing up.

Place the plug on the end of the Recoil spring

Place the plug on the end of the recoil spring.

Line up the wrench with the barrel bushing and press down on the plug

Line up the wrench with the barrel bushing and press down on the plug until the wrench is flush with the muzzle.

Turn the wrench counter clockwise to the 6 oclock position.

Maintaining downward pressure, turn the wrench counter clockwise to the 6 o’clock position.

Make sure the barrel bushing is properly lined up with the plug

Congratulations! You’re done reassembling your 1911!

Now work the slide back and forth with your support hand to make sure it feels right and to help the lubricant move into all the moving parts. Then wipe any excess lube off of the gun with a rag or paper towel.

You have successfully field stripped and reassembled your 1911. If your gun does not have a barrel bushing, please see Cleaning a Kimber 1911 Pro Carry for instructions on the disassembly on a Kimber with a bull barrel.

 

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