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USrifle brought in a Springfield Armory Range Officer for his Black Hammer Arms trigger job that he won here on WAGUNS. The trigger had a steady pull and break weight of 4.5lbs that felt like Gaston Glock and John Moses Browning had a love child and called it Mashed Potatoes.

What’s the first step in doing a trigger job? Cleaning the gun.

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I don’t know who did John wrong but, the last FFL to have this gun had to reassemble it for him and according to him, he didn’t take it to them like that. The gun needs some spa time.

Starting with a bath in acetone.
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It looks like someone skeet skeeted all over the parts and put it back together. Ewwwwww. So after that soak and scrub, everything gets a bath in Slip 2K to keep an potential rusty away. I let them soak over night. The frame and slide were cleaned by hand and not soaked in acetone.

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Excess is wiped away and the gun is reassembled. The trigger pull and break increased by a half pound. Imagine that! But now it’s a much more crisp break. On to the trigger job.

Now..who does this? We want polished parts! Not poorly machined and parkerized...SA...I expect more out of you guys.

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You can see that as soon as I start to stone the face, the high areas show up.

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The face gets stoned until it’s completely polished, hammer hooks are the proper height and the sharp edges are slightly broken. Here’s some polishing after stoning.

https://instagram.com/p/Bc_hN4aAQdV/

The sear...the sear has one angle and the another edge that was showing the sear was not properly prepped. It was prepped and polished with stones. I’m a bit bad sometimes with taking pictures and I didn’t take pictures of those parts.

Other parts to this trigger job are polishing mainspring housing tunnel and the stems of the internals rubbing the spring, polishing areas of the sear spring, polishing the flats of the hammer and sear to decrease friction, polishing the trigger bow. Do your parts shine like this?

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The trigger pull weight and break weight are set in the the sear spring. I like to have a pull weight of no more than 1lb and the break weight is set to 4lbs. But what else is going on? The thumb safety was fitted by someone else but, they missed a detail. It’s rubbing on the plunger tube. Let’s address that by filing in the right area and touching up the tube with cold blue.

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Someone really should pay attention to these things.


Do your mags drop free under stress? Are you sure about that? See this video about addressing that.

https://instagram.com/p/BdEKMgngyGU/

You need relief in your magazine release.
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You can see the relieved area has been touched up with cold blue.


The barrel ramp and throat were polished as well just like I did his Ruger. Didn’t take pictures of that.

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Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:10 am
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I won't mention who assembled the pistol due to the proprietary MSH, but I sure didn't apply a bunch of grease to my Pistol.
Thanks for the write-up and repairs dreadi, I will see you when I get back from Maui.

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You're welcome.

For those that don't know, the SA Range Officer that John brought in has a mainspring housing with lock feature that also includes a mainspring cap that captures the hammer strut. It's called I.L.S and you can read about it here http://www.springfield-armory.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/1911Manual.pdf

For some people they will like this feature, for me, I don't care for it. To alleviate John's future frustrations, I installed a standard 1911 mainspring cap. As part of the trigger job, the stem gets polished.

You can see some video and zoomed in images here.




Shout out to Massivedesign for making a Instagram embedding code! Esteemed WAGUNS members, this is part of what your money goes toward for making this site great! I contacted Dan about my troubles with embedding "Insta" posts. He looked at the code and in a few minutes created a new button! Thank you, Dan.


Looking back at my post from last night, it looked incomplete. So I pulled John's gun and took some more pictures.


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Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:06 pm
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dreadi wrote:
Shout out to Massivedesign for making a Instagram embedding code! Esteemed WAGUNS members, this is part of what your money goes toward for making this site great! I contacted Dan about my troubles with embedding "Insta" posts. He looked at the code and in a few minutes created a new button! Thank you, Dan.

That's good!

Also needs the code to automatically resize the pics. They are showing up as just part of the image, because the image is too big.

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Yhea. It’s not playing well on mobile.


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Hmmm. Tapatalk is only showing links.

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Images come up fine here.

Say, about stoning: there's a trick to opening champagne where one grabs the cork and twists the bottle rather than turning the cork...

What's the trick with stoning? Is the stone set on the bench and the parts drawn across it? or vice versa? What's the grit? (Are these trade secrets?) Are you going to get a Black Hammer Youtube channel and make vids?

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I just edited the post from Tapatalk, adding images. Those may be what you’re seeing.

It depends on what you’re stoning and how. There some fixtures that hold the part and you move the stone. Some other tools require you to hold the part and stone. That’s like asking, “How do you drive a nail?”. Hold a hammer and nail and pound it in? Air nailer loaded, pull a trigger and pop? The other kind that RRRRRRAAAAT the nail in place?

There’s no trade secrets. The stones I use are readily available from Brownells.

https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tool ... od913.aspx

And no, I’m not planning to start a YouTube channel for Black Hammer Arms. I’d rather be working on your guns instead of making “how to” videos.

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dreadi wrote:
Hmmm. Tapatalk is only showing links.


Tapatalk doesn't play well with host side embedding.


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Massivedesign wrote:
dreadi wrote:
Hmmm. Tapatalk is only showing links.


Tapatalk doesn't play well with host side embedding.


Ughhh I’m calling the social media marketing department and tell them to get my materials posted correctly or else!

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Sweet pics. :popcorn:

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Sweet pics. :popcorn:


You should feel the Trigger and run the slide... :drool: A properly worked 1911 is a thing of Beauty. Polymer frame guns with strikers have no Soul.

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