View Full Version : How do you free up a 1911 slide?

September 19, 2000, 01:51 AM
A friend has a Colt 1911 Series 70 with a frozen slide. What should he do?

September 19, 2000, 07:28 AM
Put it somewhere warm? ;)

Is it rusted shut, improperly assembled, or just "new" and very tight? In the first two cases, you'll probably need a gunsmith. In the last case, I think 500 rounds through the bore would loosen it nicely.

[This message has been edited by BB (edited September 19, 2000).]

Mal H
September 19, 2000, 10:19 AM
Sounds like a good question for our resident Smithy. Please look for this thread there...

September 19, 2000, 01:23 PM
Start taking it apart until you find out why. Will the slide stop or the recoil spring plug come out?

George Stringer
September 20, 2000, 08:00 AM
Mike, a little more info is needed here. Is it frozen in battery or open? George

September 20, 2000, 11:02 AM
It is frozen in battery. I think it is the result of storing in a damp basement for a few months. I sprayed G96 down the barrel and up the magazine hole to try to free it up. Thanks for the help.