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Old 09-06-2019, 07:40 AM
Dan13 Dan13 is offline
 
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Default Early Colt model barrel link pin question

Anyone else have an early Colt barrel link being held to the barrel lugs with a pin that EASILY slides out of the lug holes? Mine does and I have almost lost it twice on a field strip of my 1913 colt. The barrel is a mid-1918 to 1919 version barrel. Not sure if this is normal or something I should address. Thanks all.
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:29 AM
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Stake it, both sides.
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:59 AM
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Use a hammer and punch to peen a little metal from the barrel lug over the pin on each side. Google "1911 barrel link pin staking" for pictures.
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:37 AM
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Wow, this seems to be a common issue based on your suggested search. Looks like a pretty easy process to stake. Has anyone used a light loctite? Seems less distructive to a 100 year old barrel.
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:41 AM
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SEE: https://forum.m1911.org/showthread.p...o-Stake-or-Not

SEE: https://forum.m1911.org/showthread.p...arrel-link-pin

SEE: https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=499878

SEE: https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=415098

SEE: https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=351279

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Old 09-06-2019, 11:47 AM
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Same issue with mine. I don't see any ill side effect after all these years, so I decided to leave it. Biggest issue seems to be taking extra care during disassembly so the pin isnt lost.
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Old 09-06-2019, 01:10 PM
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Wow, this seems to be a common issue based on your suggested search. Looks like a pretty easy process to stake. Has anyone used a light loctite? Seems less distructive to a 100 year old barrel.
Staking a pin is hardly "destructive".
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Old 09-06-2019, 01:33 PM
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Staking a pin is hardly "destructive".
Nope, it's surely not.

Then again, it's not really necessary either, assuming the OP isn't going to use the old war horse as a daily shooter. Biggest concern would be losing the pin but disassemble it on a bench/table and problem solved I would think.
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Old 09-06-2019, 01:45 PM
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It won't be a daily shooter, but I have and plan to continue to get proficient with it. As such, it will see a few hundred rounds or so. A fear initially was losing it as it fell out on initial inspection, then again while cleaning after the first shooting session. I was not sure if the exact size was replaceable for a 1918 barrel. Secondly I wondered if it "should" be loose or if that would cause a problem. The answers were all great, thanks! I know some about guns, but not a pro by any stretch of the imagination.

I think I will try a replacement from Wilson Combat (I want a few recoil springs anyway), and if that does not work I will try to stake it.
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:31 PM
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A dab of heavy grease works well for several reasons.
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