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Thread: 1911 A1 MS reassembly

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    Question 1911 A1 MS reassembly

    I had this problem before, but I've forgotten what I did to fix it. When reassembling, I can't get the slide to go on completely. It feels like the guide rod is hitting something, leaving the slide about a half-inch from going on completely. I think the guide rod/spring won't stay down, and it's causing the barrel link to be out of place. Has this happened to anyone else?
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    The link must be in the forward position (not to the rear).

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    If you are stopped a half inch short of where it's supposed to be, it's more likely that the barrel has rotated just a fraction. Take the slide off and be sure the barrel link is perfectly centered.

    Contrary to what Bushranger wrote, when putting the slide back on the frame the link does have to be to the rear. If it's not, the guide rod can't be properly positioned. I think he's referring to when you put the barrel into the slide.
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    I appreciate the suggestions, but now it's worse. I tried moving the link to the rear. When I tried to put the slide on, there was a loud "clunk" sound and now the slide is frozen, still not in the correct place, but I am unable to move it either way.

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    Here is a step-by-step. Pay particular attention to the picture in step 2 where his is sliding the slide on to the frame. Note the position of the link.

    https://www.instructables.com/How-to...semble-a-1911/

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    This is a great link on the subject, but it doesn't help me. I can't move the slide that far to the rear. It's hitting something. I think the guide rod is hitting the lower frame instead of sliding into the slot (just in front of the mag well. Another thing. When I depress the guide rod/spring, it pops back up, knocking the barrel link to the rear. This might put the end of the guide rod slightly out of alignment, preventing it from entering the slot in the lower frame. This is frustrating.

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    I did not pick up on the fact that yours is a "midsize". The guide rod and spring require special consideration to reassemble (a clip to hold the spring and guide rod in place).
    Here is a video that shows the procedure. The YouTube video is a complete assembly (frame also), but what you are interested in starts at about 4:00 of the video.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgLrnrLM6FM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Wilson View Post
    This is a great link on the subject, but it doesn't help me. I can't move the slide that far to the rear. It's hitting something. I think the guide rod is hitting the lower frame instead of sliding into the slot (just in front of the mag well.
    The guide rod doesn't enter that slot. That slot is for the barrel link.
    Hawkmoon
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    When I disassembled the gun, I didn't remove the guide rod/spring assemble. A the point in the video where he says, "Make sure the barrel is sitting correctly . . . ", I noticed that the guide rod/spring seem to be sitting flat. On mine, the guide rod/spring assembly has popped up, pushing the barrel link backwards. It seems to me that the guide rod should be riding flat in the groove. I can push it down, but it pops back up.

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