So when I first bought my 1911 on a whim I detail stripped it to see how it looked, and to see if crud was collecting in places I didn’t clean with a field strip. Being nervous and having never done it before it took me the better part of the afternoon to do it. (including taking breaks because I was afraid I might never get my gun back together).

In the end I was being a silly little fool, and actually the process of turning a 1911 into a bunch of hunks of solid metal is really easy. The only tools I used were two screw drivers, and not having a punch kit, I used a nylon hammer and toothpicks. (Pro-tip, get a punch kit set). If I had a 100% GI stock 1911 I could have done it ALL without tools, and given my n00b status, it was REALLY easy, and everything came back together and functioned PERFECTLY without even so much as some fiddling. It makes me admire guns for their simplicity, and how they are designed to be maintained easily and in bad conditions.

I guess Cars can be made that way too!

How cool is that?

H/T Commander Zero

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0 Responses to Takedown

  1. Kevin H. says:

    And ever more remarkable when you take into consideration that the 1911 is a fairly complex pistol to begin with.

  2. wrm says:

    Heh. First time that thing hits a pothole it’ll make like the bluesmobile at the end of the movie.

    Looks like two wheelnuts per wheel. Engine/gearbox assembly on locating pins or something, not bolted to the chassis.

    I’d like to see them try a real jeep…

    OTOH look up the world record for R&R-ing a beetle engine, with none of these tricks allowed (OK, I think heaters ducts were optional).

    • Weerd Beard says:

      Yeah I agree it was likely staged up for a fast take-down. That being said, it does show that 2-3 guys could probably do it on a field-ready vehicle in a few hours with nothing but a tool box and a manual.

      I mean you can’t stage up a Ford Taurus to do that without mocking-up parts!

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