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Thread: Tight barrel bushing

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    Tight barrel bushing

    So I got the AO back from Kahr and One thing from that visit (which was to replace the sites and plunger tube assembly) was the discovery that the barrel bushing was cracked and replaced.

    I took the gun to my local range to check it out and itís running really well but when I took it home to strip and clean it, Iíll be darned if the bushing is so dang tight that my wrench wonít even hardly turn it. Some folks advocate to just shoot the snot out of it and maybe after 500-1000 rounds itíll loosen up enough to clean. Others Iíve read say hose it down with CLP and let it drain and just wipe it off and take it out again.

    Any other comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Iím kind of liking the shoot the snot out of it. What have been your experience. Suggestions and guidance are most appreciated!

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    Ordinarily a tight barrel bushing to slide fit is considered desirable. Sounds like yours is a keeper. Some of mine have to be "hammered" out with the barrel. +1 for snot shooting.

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    Yeah I remember my Springfield full size 1911 and the bushing was tight but would at least move with a wrench. This one is off the chart tight. Might have to go get a metal wrench. I’ve already got 200 rounds through it after the repair work. I’ll try again after 500. It’s really a pretty pistol and was either well taken care of or barely used. They charged me about $11 for the new sights, new bushing, and plunger tube assembly. Kahr CS was A+.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyrenean View Post
    Ordinarily a tight barrel bushing to slide fit is considered desirable. Sounds like yours is a keeper. Some of mine have to be "hammered" out with the barrel. +1 for snot shooting.
    Not when it's so tight that a bushing wrench won't turn it. There is absolutely no need or reason for it to be that tight.

    The barrel bushing doesn't move in the slide when shooting, so there is no reason to believe that shooting it will cause the bushing to loosen up. Personally, I'd get it out any way I could, then use some emery cloth to take it down enough for it to be a proper fit.
    Hawkmoon
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    Last edited by Hawkmoon; 8th November 2019 at 00:42. Reason: Typo


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    K, Iíll keep trying.

    i might still need to buy a metallic wrench for it though. Right now itís torquing it a bit out of shape.

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    Put in the freezer or use dry ice. Wear gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinWiseguy View Post
    i might still need to buy a metallic wrench for it though. Right now it’s torquing it a bit out of shape.
    You have one of those nylon bushing wrenches?

    Throw it in the trash. They're useless.
    Hawkmoon
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    Retract the slide a bit so the barrel is not tightening the fit.
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    Definitely retracted the slide to get the pressure off the bushing. Haven't heard of putting it the freezer though!

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    Maybe not so great service? My Kahr A/O Commander suffered from one problem after another. The front sight came loose several times even after repair by Kahr . The front bushing broke and my recoil spring plug was sent down range. The gun would not feed ammo more than one or two rounds. Kahr did not fix any of these problems. Private gunsmiths did and every time the gun went back to Kahr, I paid for the air freight.

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