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Removing 1911 barrel link pin

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Burt Gummer, May 8, 2012.

  1. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Bought a spending 1911 threaded barrel to replace the stock barrel in my Springfield and the Stormlake does not come with the pin/pivot installed. Maybe there is a reason for that, but for what you spend I'd think it would be there and you wouldn't have to get a drift punch out to change barrels back and forth :(.

    Anyway, this pin does not want to come out and before I beat it to death is there some trick? Left to right, heat it up first? Even a steel punch and hammer isn't getting it done.

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  2. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Ask Wichaka. He's the resident 1911 guru. I'm sure he will be able to help you out.
     
  3. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Thanks. I decided to buy a NEW pin/link for the new barrel so I don't do something stupid with this one. That, and an pin/bench/pistol circular thingamabob that holds the barrel steady. I've learned when in doubt, stop.
     
  4. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    That can be an expensive lesson. Ask me how I know! :laugh:
     
  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You might want to pick up some tool marking dye and after you install your new pin & link, check where your original barrel lugs fit, then check to see where your new barrel fits.

    Better yet, read this guys article on EZ barrel swaps.

    The 1911 Project: The Kart of Barrel Fitting
    how-i-did-it.org/1911-project/the_kart_of_barrel_fitting.html
     
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  6. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Thanks a lot. At work I had the name Gorilla because I would just try to manhandle something into working. A 10/22 barrel did fall victim to that when the flash hider wouldn't come off. One destroyed barrel + then I stubbornly took a portable bench grinder to it and cut it off. Had to remove a retainer piece further up the barrel and the flash hider was in the way. LOL. Cost me a new barrel of course.

    Now, when something goes wrong I try to relax, walk away for a few minutes, ask people for help, that sort of thing. All else fails I can always take something to a pro.
     
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  7. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Oh great. This thing is supposed to be a drop in replacement for a Springfield full size 1911. I hope I don't have to tinker with it too much or I'll probably go the gunsmith route. Or ... hold it way out from me when I first fire it, ballastic glasses, hockey mask, and kevlar gloves ..... :)

    For now, I STOPPED. I'll wait for the right tools/parts to put on the new Stormlake.
     
  8. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    If you decide to go the gunsmith route, I've had some 1911 work done at Al's Gun Shop in Forest Grove (Verboort) and also at Willamette Valley Arms in Hillsboro. They both did good work for me at a reasonable cost, at least I thought so.
     
  9. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Go read the article I mentioned, it's very informative and after reading, ask yourself, am I smarter than that guy.
     
  10. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    "Wichaka" aka Steve is good... If the new barrel has any varience from the old one you are going to have to fit it with the proper link. If the link is to short or to long it could be very ugly on the pistol.

    Drop Wichaka an email.
     
  11. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I PM'd him.

    Jbett98 - no, I am not smarter about gunsmith jobs than that guy; not by a long shot. I could probably beat him in a spelling B though, hahaha.

    I do surprise myself on how I've been able to disassemble things and put them back together though. Child's play for a gunsmith I am sure, but we are all good at our various trades and hobbies. Gunsmith work is fairly new stuff for me.
     
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    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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  13. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    :( - oh piss. OK, when the bench/punch thingy comes in I'll try to figure this out. 1911s are hard!! LOL

    If anyone knows a really good 1911 guy in the SW PDX/LO area let me know - he/she better not add an idiot mark though or there will be great weeping and gnashing of teeth. I even bought one of those idiot-scratch protectors.
     
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    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I use a shank from a .080 cobalt drill...put in in the block, and I hold the little punch with a small pair of vise grips. I have punched out hundreds, with the same old one.

    Shanks from PTD brand drills make the best punches!
     
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    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    netcarrier Portland, Oregon Active Member

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    Hi Burt Gummer,
    Hope you got a pack of link pins in differant sizes. You have to pick the right size pin you know. You will have to fit the barrel to the side. There are more Tests to do, to check and make sure its right. Good Luck. I have it all on DVD Step by Step. I just did mine.
    Tony Portland, Oregon Area
     
  18. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Been on and off here this last week, as life has had other things for me to do!

    Got your PM Burt, yer welcome to bring it up and we'll check it out...no charge.

    I can run thru you thru the workings of the 1911, and give you things watch for.
     
  19. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Thanks and I will be in touch once my stuff gets here. Not much for accepting free help or charity though, expect lavish gifts and/or bribes LOL.

    Different sized pins ... crap .... well the one I ordered should match up, as a 'set'. Swivel/circle with pin. If this wasn't something that could literally blow up in my face I'd be more daring.

    Osprey suppressor won't be in my hands until late fall anyway.
     
  20. netcarrier

    netcarrier Portland, Oregon Active Member

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    Hi Burt Gummer,

    It's the Link pin.
    There are some things that have to be done, like checking the lock up of the side to the barrel. Do you know the kind of barrel you got? Is it a drop-in? Gunsmith Fit?
    There maybe much more to fiting the barrel to the side. Have you tryed to put the barrel in the side and see if the gun will go in to battery, with out the spring? Will the barrel lock up into the side?

    Tony Portland, Oregon Area