Ultimate 1911 Tuning Guide

We’ve compiled all our 1911 How-To articles to create the ultimate 1911 tuning guide.  You’ll learn how to do a trigger job, break in the slide, install a trigger, and much more.  Take your trigger down to a crisp 3.5 lb (or less) that’s ready to rock any competition.

1911 Disassembly, Cleaning, & Assembly

You can’t mod your 1911 if you don’t know how to disassemble or clean it!

Complete 1911 Disassembly
Complete 1911 Disassembly

1911 Trigger Job (Sear Angle & Sear Spring)

One of the more difficult tasks to do on your own, but we walk you through everything from tools to techniques.  Combined with the guides below, we reached a crisp 3.5 lb trigger pull.

1911 Sear & Hammer Adjustment Pins
1911 Sear & Hammer Adjustment Pins

1911 Frame & Slide Break In

Make your slide and frame fit feel as smooth as glass, without shooting thousands of rounds through it.  All you need is some polishing compound and elbow grease.

Before After Slide Break In
Before After Slide Break In

1911 Tune Up to Lower Trigger Pull

A much easier process than the true trigger job above to lower your trigger pull.  Just requires polishing compound, sandpaper, and a Dremel to lower your pull by .5 – 1 lb.

Polishing Compound, Sandpaper, Dremel Tool
Polishing Compound, Sandpaper, Dremel Tool

1911 Trigger Installation & Fitting

Swap out that flimsy ill-fitting stock trigger for a custom fit fully adjustable trigger.

1911 Trigger Dykem Burr
1911 Trigger Dykem Burr

1911 Trigger Pretravel & Overtravel

Adjust your new trigger to reduce the amount of slack before the shot breaks, as well as lower the reset distance.

1911 Overtravel Adjustment Screw
1911 Overtravel Adjustment Screw

Learning Resources

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