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Springtime! For Maintenance! And…

I’ve not posted a gun post in a while.  Many gun rights posts, but not one about equipment, per se.

My duty, service pistol is a 1911 National Match slide over a Vega stainless steel frame, with Bomar sights, a Swenson ambidextrous safety, Micro bushing, all custom hand-fitted by a premier gunsmith and coated with Poly-T by Robbie Barkman (many years ago).

I’ve owned her since 1983, and probably put 15-20K rounds through her.  I change the recoil spring every 2-3000 rounds, and clean/lube her as needed.

But I’ve never done any other spring maintenance!

Do You?

Bob (a former PI boss and gun store boss) sold me her and is Mr. Be Prepared.  An Eagle Scout, he has pretty much all anyone needs in the way of parts and such.  And he has offered to drive to me 40 miles to change out the other springs in my 1911 !

What a guy!

I’m certain she’ll be up for another 20K rounds.\

I only hope I am…


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Springtime! For Maintenance! And…

  1. 1911s are quite happy just getting the recoil spring replaced.
    The only time I’ve ever heard of anyone replacing a sear, plunger or mainspring was ‘just because’, they wanted a different style/brand or it got rusted.
    I expect mine to last the life of the gun….unless I lose one doing a detail strip N clean.

    Posted by KM | May 4, 2014, 5:22 pm
  2. My 1911 is probably suffering mostly from lack o’ shooting, but I hope to remedy that, and soon. Meanwhile, kudos to Bob for helping out with transport!

    Posted by Rev. Paul | May 5, 2014, 10:24 am
  3. Had a Vega a few years ago. Worked great.
    Did I shoot your .45 at GBR or at Kevins shoot once?
    I still remember that trigger.

    Posted by Skip | May 7, 2014, 4:55 pm

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