1911 grip bushings tool question
This question is like asking a bunch of Lockheed skunkworks aeronautical engineers how many times to turn the rubber band on a wind up airplane. Still, would like to know.
I'm replacing the bushings on a 1911 to go to thinner grips. The frame has been after market hard chromed. I've seen several posts where people have messed up bushings using a screwdriver making them hard to extract and running the risk of messing the frame up. I see that Brownells and others sell a special screwdriver with a cowling for this purpose. Is this really needed or just be careful?
I had one come loose on me. I used a screwdriver and loctite blue. Haven't had any problems since. I do beleive they recommend peening the inside once in place.
I did mine with a SD.
No problems. And I'm a tard.
The shrouded bushing driver provides some additional support to the thin ears of the bushing when it is being unscrewed.
If the thin ears try to spread the shroud stops them.
If you have access to a metal lath it is not hard to make your own shroud.