The 1911 (1911-A1) 45 Automatic Pistol Gunsmithing

23 Feb

Many older preppers own 1911-A1 pistols. I dug out my copy of an older book, Survival Guns, and noticed it gave a short parts list to stock. Noticeably absent were two parts: The plunger tube and the ejector. Maybe these were omitted because it takes a bit more gunsmithing/fitting to replace these parts. But, it’s not beyond the skills of the average prepper. Here are some great Youtube links to show you how:

Ejector replacement on the 1911

Plunger tube replacement on the 1911 (does require a special tool)

Some shooters braze a heavier plunger tube to their 45s. Others use green Loctite on these parts.

Here’s an entertaining series of posts about fitting all the parts to a 45 receiver. Well worth reading for anybody building their first 1911.

Youtube has many videos about assembling\disassembling the 1911 style pistols. Here is one:

This short video (Youtube) shows how the 1911 trigger works.

Here’s a good discussion of the 1911 trigger.

For those who prefer books, you can look up the 1911 gunsmithing manuals by Jerry Kuhnhausen. Do preppers really need to know how to service a 1911 to this extent? No. But if you’re a shooter who likes tinkering with mechanical things and you like the 1911, building a 1911 might just be a future hobby project for you!

Oh, my: This guy build a 1911 receiver on a mini mill.

Charlie Palmer -author, The Prepper Next Door

Common Prepping Supplies that Don’t Last Very Long
This is a great post. It reminds us to take our batteries out when storing electronic devices and discusses the longevity of some items preppers stock. Sometimes we’re taken by surprise: Things we think will last, don’t. Sanding belts are one. Old sanding belts fall apart. Some electrical tape turns into a gooey mess given enough time.

Using an old-school razor…for shaving. I like the concept of saving money by eliminating consumables.

Here are some great tips about personal awareness for self defense.

Some great money saving tips on
I’ll put this under the category “Don’t try this at home.” Here’s a guy who is using a 3D plastic printer to make AR receivers. This technology could be great for making small plastic parts for things that won’t explode on you. Note: like the receiver on an 870 shotgun, the AR-15 receiver doesn’t take the force of the pressure inside the barrel. The bolt locks into the barrel or “barrel extension.”

Another article on this new hobby of making plastic things with 3 D printing technology.

The Chinese are hacking into computers running America’s crucial infrastructure:

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