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1911 crushed plunger tube

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by absoluterik07, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. absoluterik07

    absoluterik07 Salem, OR Member

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    So I bought a very sexy Springfield blackened stainless loaded model yesterday and first thing I did was swap out the bushings for slim grips I have. I put tape around them as I didn't want to scratch the frame because they were staked which required a set of pliers and a vice grip rather than just a screwdriver. Needless to say I somehow crushed the plunger tube with the hammer cocked and safety on. This has effectively rendered the pistol useless. If I could remove the slide it wouldn't be a problem and I could replace this easily, however that is not possible so my question is, does anybody have any ideas on how to remove this? I know I cod just send it to Springfield but I like doing things myself and am fairly competent with the 1911 platform. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks in advance, Erik
     
  2. halmbarte

    halmbarte PDX Active Member

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    Dremel it off. It's worthless as it is.

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  3. absoluterik07

    absoluterik07 Salem, OR Member

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    Dremel off the plunger tube? Actually if I could cut in half to alleviate the crush I could probably get the safety to come back down and then remove the slide to replace. Has anybody else done this stupid move?
     
  4. halmbarte

    halmbarte PDX Active Member

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    If you cut it be careful not to go too far. Also, I'd tape around teh tube so you don't damage the finish if you slip.

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  5. rick

    rick Close to Corvallis, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Is there enough clearance to snip off the end of the plunger with diagonal wire clippers?
     
  6. absoluterik07

    absoluterik07 Salem, OR Member

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    So I ended up taking a hammer and punch to push the pin back in. Problem solved. Now I just need to remove the plunger tube and replace! Hopefully I can get the pins out so I can feed some wire through and easily remove it. Thanks for the suggestions guys!
     
  7. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If the saftey tube is staked on the inside, you may be able to remove it it a needle punch and careful prying. putting the new one in and restaking could be a bit more tricky
     
  8. absoluterik07

    absoluterik07 Salem, OR Member

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    I was able to easily remove the old one with pliers and CAREFUL prying with tape on the frame to prevent frame scratching. I just ordered a new plunger tube and a tool to install it from brownells so we should be good to go!
     
  9. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Came to post this, looks like you got it taken care of! Which plunger tube tool did you go with?
     
  10. absoluterik07

    absoluterik07 Salem, OR Member

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    absoluterik07 Salem, OR Member

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    Just thought I'd report back that this tool made it insanely simple to replace! I now have a Nowlin plunger tube, colt plunger assembly, Wilson ringed recoil spring plug, and Wilson G.I. bulletproof guide rod, and VZ slim FRAG grips. This thing is a work of art! Now to shoot it... I'll post pics later just because I love it so much!
     
  12. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Thats the same one I have and just used. After reading the many reviews was a pretty easy choice!! New plunger, Harrison Design, is rock solid on my milspec!!