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Old 01-26-2014, 08:30 AM   #1
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Field stripping a 1911

Ya know, I love my Kimber. BUT, why do I need that BS plastic tool to depress the spring cap so I can turn the bushing to field strip/clean my Kimber? Why don't they make it solid on top so I can use my finger/thumb to push it down? The recess in front makes it act like a cookie cutter on my thumb when I try to depress it without that plastic thingy.

I can field strip my Glocks in about 5 seconds. No tools needed.

Is there a better spring cap, perhaps with a solid top, that will make this easier?
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:36 AM   #2
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I'm sure there are solutions to your problem, but the tool is needed for most 1911's. My Pro series is completely different though. They don't have a barrel bushing.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:39 AM   #3
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Hmmm, guess I should have done some homework rather than buying on impulse. How do you strip the pro?
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:48 AM   #4
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Youtube is very helpful.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:55 AM   #5
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I ran into similar issues with a Rock Island (RIA) 1911. The tool works well.

The Kimber Warrier I have has a solid spring cap. In my research I have found for my Rock Island is to take an old Remington Rand part and match the length to the RIA
The RIA has full length guide rail and the Remington has a GI (shorter guide rail.)

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It works perfectly. Sent a letter to ARMSCOR on this issue.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:56 AM   #6
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I don't know if I can explain the process for the Pro, but it takes a tool as well. There is an L shaped tool that comes with the gun that is inserted into the guide rod and stops the recoil spring from fully extending allowing the removal of the slide. I'll bet there's a YouTube video that explains it much better then I can.
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Originally Posted by AIrdale26 View Post
I ran into similar issues with a Rock Island (RIA) 1911. The tool works well.

The Kimber Warrier I have has a solid spring cap. In my research I have found for my Rock Island is to take an old Remington Rand part and match the length to the RIA
The RIA has full length guide rail and the Remington has a GI (shorter guide rail.)

Food for though

It works perfectly. Sent a letter to ARMSCOR on this issue.
Good info. Welcome to the forum!!
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:49 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies, guys. I suppose it's just part of my learning curve, to get used to the 1911 world.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:02 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies, guys. I suppose it's just part of my learning curve, to get used to the 1911 world.
How long have you owned your Kimber?
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:54 AM   #10
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If you install a Wilson Combat Flat Wire Spring kit in your Pro series Kimber you don't need any tools to strip it down.
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