Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Never Seen THAT Before

You don't want to do something to your 1911 at gunsmith class where the instructor that has built hundreds and hundreds of guns from scratch says,  "Well, I've never seen THAT before.  You got a problem..."

Remember when I talked about how Springfield Armory isn't bothering to pin their ejectors to the gun anymore?  They just glue it.  And not with mere Loctite Red.   With something even more serious.  It's a green epoxy type stuff. 

Well, anyway, I have to yanks this bastard off in order to work on my gun.  Later I'll glue another one on.  Not even the smith is willing to make that 1/16th inch hole in my frame.  Which bugs me that I can't do that but, there you go. 

To knock the ejector off, and this will destroy the ejector, you squeeze just the ejector in a vise and pull on the grip while whacking the frame with a plastic faced 5 pound dead blow hammer.  This got the ejector out a few millimeters then the studs broke off in the holes.

Oh dear. 

And that was the new thing.

Now what?

The factory ejector, before I continue, was an obvious MIM part,  I could see the 'casting' lines on it. 

Luckily, the legs were just a bit proud of the frame.  I was able to get a grip on them a vise jaw and spin a bit.   This did the trick.  Crisis averted.


Arthur said...

Epoxy usually responds to heat. You could use a torch lighter to heat the part. Once the epoxy softens you should have an easier time pulling it.

NotClauswitz said...

As the saying goes, "Aint too many things a man can't fix with five-hundred dollars and a pair of vise-grips..." :-)