How well do you know your guns?

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  1. Thomas

    Thomas Decent Shooter

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    Do you guys have the ability to strip your guns down to the bare bones? Can you notice a problem when you see one?
    I can do this on 1911s, but am challenged when it comes to the other pistol models I have owned, or currently own. Detail stripping a 1911 takes me about 3 minutes, and reassembling it requires 5-15 minutes depending on how stubborn some of the parts are being. On a few occasions, I actually had to put the gun aside for a few minutes to regain my composure. This is especially true on 1911s that have tuned triggers.
    I broke down my Desert Eagle once, and only once! Despite the gun being single action only, it was a royal pain. It took me hours to figure out how to get the springs back into place. I have since passed that gun on to my brother, and he won't dare detail strip it either. Double action weapons are very difficult. When my Sig got extremely dirty, I had to detail strip it to get all the mud out. I couldn't get the gun back together again, and was forced to send it to the Sig shop. This mistake cost me almost 100 bucks.Live and learn I suppose.
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    I'm no good with stripping them down or knowing when there's a problem, I hope to get better though.
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    Slacktrack Moderator Staff Member

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    I hate stripping down my 10/22 because it's in an Archangel body kit. The kit pieces are a pain to take off! Bolt actions are very simple. The only one I take the bolt apart is my Lee Enfield and that one is easy. I'm no gunsmith but I can figure out when I've reassembled something incorrectly!
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    GearZ Decent Shooter

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    It really depends on the guns. Some I can due to so many years of shooting them (e.g., M1911) and others out of necessity (e.g., a Ithaca Mag-10 needs to be kept real clean). Others, I wouldn't have the foggiest to do a detail strip (like my wife's P22).
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    Jessi Rookie Shooter

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    Absolutely. This is very important for being able to clean them properly, so it's one of the first things I do.

    And actually, I take it one step farther. I learn how to strip them with my eyes closed and put them back together without opening. It's one of those "learn your gun inside out" techniques. I feel like if I can do it quickly with my eyes closed, then I can easily do it with my eyes open, too, so I feel like I've mastered it at that point.

    So whenever one of us gets a new gun, I tend to keep it next to me on the desk for the first few days to strip it repeatedly until I can "do it blind" and then I'll put it away.
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    Thomas Decent Shooter

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    If I practiced more, I could probably start putting my double action pistols together more effectively. I know the 1911 pretty well, but the firing pin blocks on modern variations are a pain. I actually tuned my sear spring recently; lowering the trigger pull.

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