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How To Maintain 1911 Pistols: Complete Instructions

The 1911 does require some unique maintenance compared to modern striker-fired handguns. Here is a step-by-step guide to maintain your 1911 pistol for reliability and function.

How To Maintain 1911 Pistols: Complete Instructions

How To Maintain 1911 Pistols (Handguns photo)

A well-equipped 1911 is one of the most-shootable handguns ever devised. For decades, it was the combat semiauto handgun, rivaled only by the Browning Hi-Power. Today, polymer-framed, striker-fired handguns offer great ergonomics, lots of capacity and excellent reliability. On paper, these handguns have made the 1911 obsolete, yet the design endures. The fact is that many shooters, myself included, simply shoot a good 1911 better than we do other, arguably more capable, designs.

If you’re new to the 1911 world, there is something that you should know. You cannot treat it like a Glock and expect it to perform to its potential. The reality is that 1911s require a bit of...

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