Colt 1911 Field Strip

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The 1911 is a handgun that is truly timeless: It is an option today that many people still regard as the pinnacle of what a handgun can be. After 100 years, the pistol is still going strong with no indication of falling out of favor. So by viewer request we break one down to show you guys what makes it tick!

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The full transcript …

– Hey guys, this is Alex C. with TFBTV, and today we’re going to field strip a Colt 1911.

I’m not quite sure why, but this has actually been requested by quite a few people.

So, I thought I would just accommodate that request.

This is a Colt Series 80, also called a 1991, sometimes.

The main difference being that they have a firing pin block.

I wish I had a Series 70, but Series 80 shoot, still, very well.

So, the first thing we’re gonna do, actually, is remove the magazine.

And while we’re doing that we might as well make sure it’s unloaded by doing a little chamber check.

A little public service announcement, you’re gonna want to do that with every firearm when you’re taking it apart for cleaning or doing a field strip.

As you can see, this one is definitely clear.

And you want to do that because to undo the bushing in the front, or to start the disassembly process, you press this button and rotate the bushing.

And it is under spring pressure, so make sure that it doesn’t pop out across the room.

However, it’s unlikely as it is retained.

The next step’s gonna be all about that little disassembly notch I just pointed out.

Pull it back, so that the slide stop is aligned with that, and press the slide stop out from the other side.

Now, set that aside for safe keeping.

Then you’re free to pull the slide right off the gun and separate the lower, or well, the receiver frame from the slide.

Now, next up, you’re gonna rotate off the doodad on the front of the recoil spring.

Pull off the spring and the guide rod from the rear.

Set that aside.

Now, you can rotate the bushing the opposite direction, and pull it out from the gun.

After you set that aside, you are then free to remove the barrel from the front.

All in all, not too hard to field strip.

Little harder than your run of the mill Glock or other modern, short recoil operated gun.

You can see, here are the major components.

A few more than you would have on a Glock or an M & P, or a Smith and Wesson, or anything like that, but all not too hard once you get the hang of it.

Just don’t lose the bushing or the slide stop or anything like that.

Anyways I’m Alex C. with TFBTV.

Big thanks to Ventura Ammunitions for making our videos possible.

We hope you enjoyed this field strip, and we hope to see you next week.

Hey guys, it’s Alex, again, with TFBTV.

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Until next time.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Sean Sean on Dec 21, 2015

    For almost of us, this like an instruction video on how to breath, or go to the bathroom.

    • JK JK on Dec 24, 2015

      @Sean Or how to grammar...

  • Rick Rick on Dec 22, 2015

    To all the great commenters and staff on TFB, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Of all the sites that I check into; this is my favorite.