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July 21, 2010, 10:29 PM
I picked up a Remington R1 .45 yesterday. Today was the first chance I got to clean it, so I field stripped it (per the instruction manual) and cleaned, lubed, etc. When I put it all back together (again, per the manual) the grip safety seems to just flop around and when I tested it, the hammer will drop without the grip safety depressed. It worked correctly before I disassembled/reassembled it...now it doesn't. I'm not familiar enough with the 1911 to try a complete detail strip...is there something I might have done to cause this? And how can I fix it, short of returning it to Remington?
Thanks for any help.
July 21, 2010, 10:54 PM
Field stripped or disassembled?
Sure sounds like the sear spring is out of position; its right leaf tensions the grip safety.
July 22, 2010, 06:16 AM
Just field stripped...I've never tried a full disassembly...that kind of scares me...
July 22, 2010, 02:07 PM
did you loosen or take it off?
July 22, 2010, 04:12 PM
Here's how it goes together:
July 22, 2010, 05:54 PM
I didn't do anything with anything except the manual-recommended field strip. The only time I've removed a mainspring housing was to remove the lock thing from an old Springfield Armory "Loaded" that I had.
I spoke with E-RPC's customer service this morning and they're sending me a call tag to return it to them. I could probably try to figure it out and fix it myself, but I've had it for two days and it hasn't even had a round loaded yet, so I figure the manufacturer can take care of the problem.
July 22, 2010, 11:42 PM
July 25, 2010, 06:27 PM
Well, I took a shot at disassembly; I'm really lost now. I'm following animations, looking at diagrams, and I have two parts that don't show up in any of these:
Anybody know what these are or where they go? They fell out when I removed the hammer/strut and I don't have a frame of reference for them...
Thanks for any help.
July 25, 2010, 06:45 PM
Those are part of your firing pin safety. They go in a small cutout in the frame on the left side. When you pull the trigger, the long leg of the one part lifts the firing pin block.
July 25, 2010, 06:52 PM
Thanks...they're a bear to get back in...any hints? Please????
July 25, 2010, 08:00 PM
OK, so whoever said a 1911 is easy to reassemble must be smoking something really good...I finally got mine back together, and it took me almost two hours. Those two firing pin safety things were a pain in the butt, and the sear/disconnector were no picnic either. And, after taking it all apart, the grip safety still doesn't work! I had some issues with getting the spring to stay in place correctly, but I'm confident it's in the right place...there's just no tension on the grip safety.
Since I have a call tag coming, I'll send it back and let the factory fix things, I guess...
I have to say, though, the 1911 is not my favorite handgun...
July 25, 2010, 08:07 PM
I had the same reaction the first time I disassembled a 1911. After a couple of times it becomes second nature.
They really are a great gun. Though like you, I was initially skeptical about the reported ease of assembly.
This helped me:
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