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Old 06-28-2020, 09:52 AM   #1
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1911 Slide Lock

Ok I have had this issue with many 1911 and now I have to ask. Why the heck is it so hard to install these things when reassembling!??!

Line everything up, push down, and it snaps in place. Besides being Hulk Hogan using a 25lb sledge hammer jumping off the ropes to get these in, what are your tricks? Is there anything that can help such as file this or that?

I have been using the paper under the slide lock and sliding it in. Much easier yet still might scratch the slide. Been lucky all these years doing it this way.
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Old 06-28-2020, 01:56 PM   #3
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How to prevent the idiot scratch

It is common in some circles to use a round file to cut a groove in the slide stop lug. When reassembling simply place the plunger in the groove and push the slide stop straight into the frame. Below are a couple of pics of a slide stop with this modification.

If you decide to do this don't just start flailing away. Take a long hard look at how everything lines up (slide, frame. slide stop) so you can cut the groove at the appropriate spot on the lug.



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I guess I have been just lucky, so far no issues with any gun
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How to prevent the idiot scratch

Here are some more pics showing the relationship of the forward plunger and the slide stop during reassembly.







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You're holding the slide wrong.

Pick up the pistol holding it facing the "left side up." Then grip the slide with your right fingers over the rear sight, and your right thumb on the rear grip safety. By tightening and loosening your grip you will be able to move the slide in increments.

Holding the slide lock in your left hand, move the slide carefully with your right hand as the notch in the slide aligns properly with frame. Set the stop into the notch, and it should appear a tad lower than the notch. Press it straight down and should drop into place despite yourself.
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Old 06-28-2020, 05:28 PM   #7
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You're holding the slide wrong.

Set the stop into the notch, and it should appear a tad lower than the notch. Press it straight down and should drop into place despite yourself.

Yep been doing what you said for years though the "it should appear a tad lower than the notch" I haven't.

I've been lining up that stop exactly with the placement hole and the detent.

I'll try this tomorrow after the range. Thanks everyone for giving me those tips!
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I'll add I use a guitar pick to avoid contact with frame.
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At toothpick or Q-Tip with one end broken off can help line up the barrel link also.
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