Hilton Yam 1911 Duty Tune: Fieldstripping & Teardown Tips


Editor’s Note: This video series is a special presentation from Panteao Productions, providing The Armory Life with an excerpted series of videos from its “Make Ready with Hilton Yam: 1911 Duty Tune”. Stay tuned over the next several Sundays to see each new installment, and there is a link at the bottom of the page to a special subscription promo for you. So, be sure to check it out!

This video is the second of the series. You can view parts one and three using the following links:

Want to learn from a respected expert on the 1911? Then check out the video above.

In this second excerpt from “Make Ready with Hilton Yam: 1911 Duty Tune”, we dive into the next three excerpted chapters of the video above. In this segment, Yam gives us the details on not only a basic fieldstrip, but also a full teardown of the pistol.

The Details

In the first portion of the segment, Yam shows us a fieldstrip method that is a bit different than what you probably have seen before. Taught to him by Army Marksmanship Unit legend John Miller, this method is designed to prevent unnecessary wear of the bushing and its interface point on the barrel. This preserves the barrel to bushing fit.

Want to learn a trick on taking down the 1911 without causing wear on your barrel to bushing fit?

Next, we get into the inner parts of the slide. Yam employs a slightly different method than is commonly seen for taking down the slide parts to help prevent losing springs and risking injury — specifically regarding the firing pin.

Removing the grip screw bushings can be more difficult than you may realize.

Next, we take a look at taking down the final and most difficult frame-mounted parts. Yam points out that is section is not for the faint of heart, so if you have had trouble with the earlier slide teardown — know your limitations. From factory grip screw bushings that may have been staked to difficult plunger tube removals, this makes up the final steps for tearing down your pistol.


So, check out the video above, and be sure to stay tuned over the coming Sundays to see each new installment!

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