Present Arms PCT (Plug Capture Tool) For 1911

Present Arms has developed a bushing wrench for the 1911 pistol designed specifically so that the recoil spring and plug does not shoot across the room (or into somebody’s eye) when you remove the bushing. This is a very simple idea, but it seems to work well. It is demonstrated in the video below …

The tool is made from polymer so it will not scratch the pistol. Present Arms sell it on their website for $12.95.

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  • 2wheels

    Or you know, you could just go without a bushing wrench and achieve the same result.

  • Truth

    People have actually been using a tool for this?

    • David Sharpe

      Yes, makes it easier.
      It’s a pain in the thumb to do it without the tool.

  • Mystick

    I remember one time when I was camping and cleaning my 1911. My fingers slipped and the spring cap went SPROING into the darkness of the woods. Took an hour to find the thing in the dark.

    I still don’t have one of these tools, but I have certainly learned to keep that thing under control during disassembly… and to position the pistol so that if it does get away from me, that it doesn’t fly 30 feet.

  • st4

    Typically people learn after the first time. Like with, “Garand thumb.”

  • Hunter57dor

    amazingly, i have been doing this from the age of 12 with no tool, and no problems.

    not sure who is buying this.

  • bob

    Thumb…free. save the $12.

  • allannon

    And here I always assumed that the spring flying across the room was a feature, intended to make people move at least a little bit while they find it. 😉

    And yea, you can use your thumb, but this might be easier. I like easier, within reason; $12 doesn’t sound unreasonable.

  • Well Then

    Only took 100 years.

  • Nicks87

    Maybe just buy a pistol that doesnt require tools for disassembly? 😉