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Tropical Z
February 6, 2002, 01:50 PM
Does it need to be staked in place?
One person says yes and the other says no.Its for a sistema that i got a few minutes before going with a friend to the range,and all i did was a function check and clean the barrel before shooting a hundred rounds through it.At home when i took it apart there was no barrel link pin.I'm told the 1911 will not function without it so there must have been one at the range.Do i stake or not?

February 6, 2002, 04:52 PM
I put this question to a number of gunsmiths by email, I got three answers. All said it would function fine without being staked, one said he wouldn't bother, one said he normally stakes them, but it's not that important, and one was pretty insistent that it should be staked. I suspect that it fell out when you field stripped the gun, that's the principal reason for staking it. :)

February 6, 2002, 05:29 PM
I agree, it's not very important to me if Tropical Z spends all afternoon swearing and looking at the carpet with the "thousand yard stare." It would kill me if it happened to me again though.

I lost one of these once, replaced it and the new one is still loose. Do you stake these by using a punch on the end of the pin to enlarge it? If you could describe the staking technique, it would be appreciated.


February 6, 2002, 09:13 PM
You stake the barrel feet right next to the pin, two or three places on each side. The pin is a lot harder than the feet, and hammering on that will be a waste of time. :)

James K
February 7, 2002, 12:17 AM
Hi, guys,

I can't imagine anyone who would say that it doesn't need to be staked. The frame keeps it in place when firing, but we all know why it needs to be staked.

A couple of other things people seem to have forgotten about the 1911 type.

The firing pin spring should have a small end so it grips the firing pin and the two parts stay together.

On original type guns, the rear of the recoil spring should have a small end so it grips the recoil spring guide, and the recoil spring plug should have a dimpled cut so the front of the spring can be screwed into the plug to keep it from flying away.

Jim (aka Loser of Parts)

Jim V
February 7, 2002, 06:29 AM
Stake it in place. The link pin should be a "ring" fit in the holse of the barrel feet but a loose slip fit on the link. If the pin becomes a slip fit on the feet, then the link is not properlly fitted to the barrel because the feet holes are enlarging.

Tropical Z
February 7, 2002, 01:42 PM
Thanks for the prompt replies!

February 7, 2002, 07:48 PM
In Volume 2 of Kuhnhausen's Book, he mentions that the military version of the 1911 and it is staked as johnwill said, but more specifically 3 places on each side, while the national match pistols are only staked at the 12 o'clock position on each side.