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1911 Disassembly, Cleaning, & Assembly

Learn how to field strip your 1911 for easy cleaning and lubing after a range day.

We’ll also go over how to completely disassemble your 1911 for those deep cleaning sessions.

Complete 1911 Disassembly
Complete 1911 Disassembly

1911 Field Strip & Cleaning/Lubing

Field stripping is disassembling your gun into it’s primary components for routine cleaning and maintenance.  The 1911 is slightly harder to field strip than other pistols, but can still be done in no time.

Before we go into cleaning specifically for the 1911, you might want to first check out our primer on How to Clean and Lubricate a Gun.

We also recommend the following tools and solvents/lube for cleaning our 1911 and other guns.

Here is a great video that goes over all the essentials of field stripping, cleaning, and lubing the 1911.  We like how he puts grease on the rails like us and he also goes over the often forgotten magazines!

How Often Should I Clean?

We like to keep our 1911’s in tip top shape so we field strip and clean every 2-300 rounds.  We also do a full disassembly cleaning plus copper solvent at around the 1,000 round mark.  You’ll find that the extractor gets pretty dirty but the trigger mechanism stays nearly pristine.

1911 Full Disassembly & Reassembly

Here’s a great video of a detailed strip of the 1911.  Spray everything down with some M-Pro 7 and put thin layer of oil on everything before putting it back together.  That’s it to a happy 1911.

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2 Leave a Reply

  • Keith P.

    Some good info here. But definitely missing info about what is probably the number one 1911 gunsmithing project, barrel fitting. A great gunsmith can marginally improve results with a great trigger job, but it's not going to be a night-and-day difference, because the triggers are pretty good right out of the box. Hand fitting a match barrel on a 1911 makes a much bigger improvement in accuracy, more than any other accurizing technique.

    November 25, 2020 11:21 am
  • Joseph

    The photo attached is quite misleading as the video does not show the full disassembly

    October 16, 2020 11:54 am