View Full Version : Take down ease

April 9, 2009, 07:44 PM
Hey fellas,

The only big bore autos I own and have ever owned are 2 1911s.

I am not a frequent shooter, maybe once a year if lucky.

A good friend of mine recently got a Beretta 92 and WOW, when he showed me how absolutely simplistic it is to disassemble for cleaning, I am green with envy.

Are there any .45s that are so quick and simple to take down?

My 1911s are a pain in the butt compared to his 92.


April 9, 2009, 08:35 PM
My FNP-40 is pretty similar to the Beretta take down, and it's very easy. I would assume the FNP-45 is the same.

April 9, 2009, 08:40 PM
Try taking down a SIG P220...it's so easy, even a caveman can do it.

April 9, 2009, 10:05 PM
And although I don't own one in .45acp, I would expect a Glock in any caliber would take down the same as my G17 & G19s. If so, they would be just as easy as the Sigs.

April 10, 2009, 01:39 AM
Glocks, Springfield XD/XDm's, CZ's similar to 1911's, Bersa, most modern polymer pistols are very easy to disassemble.

April 10, 2009, 06:53 AM
If you really want simple, take apart a Makarov. If you separate it into the smallest possible components (including disassembling the magazine) you will still only have 31 separate parts.

April 10, 2009, 11:05 AM
Sorry, I fail to see what is so difficult about dismantling a 1911. If you only shoot once a year, you will never get the familiarity with your 1911 that you will need to quickly and easily dismantle it. I used to make people freak out when they would tell me they were having trouble getting their pistol apart, then lay their 1911 on the counter and I would have it in pieces 15 seconds later.

It's really simple, designed to be dismantled under battlefield conditions with no tools. Push out the slide stop, the slide comes off, relieve spring pressure on the bushing by removing the spring from the slide, slide the barrel out, remove the bushing, use the slide stop to push out the mainspring housing pin, push out the thumb safety, dump the guts out on the counter. Is that all that hard?

James K
April 10, 2009, 07:40 PM
It is rather odd, but in the early part of the 20th century, a soldier was expected to take his weapon down and clean it. The M1911 was designed to be completely disassembled (except for grip screws) with only its own parts or at the most a simple tool. The M1903 could be completely disassembled by the soldier except for a few parts.

Today, field stripping of most military weapons is fairly easy but detailed stripping is a no-no, considered a job for an armorer. Yet the modern soldier is expected to operate and repair complex electronic equipment that the soldier of 1911 would never have been able to figure out. Interesting.