I did a 75BD that I milled, and needed to Cerakote. It was going to the Wizard anyway to get Cajun parts, so that was my backup plan. It was tedious but I was kinda proud of myself for getting it back together.I tinker, disassemble and modify everything.
My first time with a 1911 was slightly panic inducing but successful.
That said.....even I draw the line at my CZ 75b.
I’ve watched several good videos on the CZ, it looks like a pretty simple platform to work on. At least, after watching some of these videos, you get a good idea of where to be careful for what parts will go boing when taken apart.I did a 75BD that I milled, and needed to Cerakote. It was going to the Wizard anyway to get Cajun parts, so that was my backup plan. It was tedious but I was kinda proud of myself for getting it back together.
I kept pausing and rewinding the CGW video at the workbench.I’ve watched several good videos on the CZ, it looks like a pretty simple platform to work on. At least, after watching some of these videos, you get a good idea of where to be careful for what parts will go boing when taken apart.
Brett, you're a good man giving excellent advice. Much Respect!Stop taking your firearms completely apart if you don't know what you're doing. No really.....stop.
Three times this week I've had to reassemble COMPLETELY stripped firearms. All the pins, springs, screws, etc. I received what I like to call "Bag O Gun."
I'm not trying to cut my profit, but seriously....
Cleaning TYPICALLY does not require full disassembly.
I'll gladly put it back together and charge for it....but if we can avoid it, it'll save you the money!
Your local gunsmith
I repaired musical instruments when I discovered that the guy I hired to hot rod my old Mustang was an absolute idiot.I've been totally dis-assembling 1911s since I could rack the slide. They were meant for that. Not every cleaning, certainly. One of JMB's original design criteria included, "No tools". He succeeded, masterfully. I got in big trouble when I was about 10 for 'borrowing' my dad's tools to dis-assemble the lawn mower. My punishment was, "Stay in the garage until you get it started. Then you can come out and cut the grass, YOUNG MAN!" I got the grass cut before supper. Last one, I promise. I was about 30 when my dad came to me to complain that a mechanic was ripping him off. I went to his personal garage and found my dad's F150 with the engine completely removed from the vehicle, in pieces on the floor. No cylinder specific part were marked. We (brother) had to match wear marks on bearings to identify which cap went with which journal. In-line 6 cylinder, by the way. I remain eternally grateful to the mech... MORON for not taking apart the transmission or the carburetor (remember those?). He did not remove valves from the heads, either. Some minor block work, a new set of bearings, gaskets, rings and seals, and we had it re-assembled, re-installed and running in couple of weekends. I think just to PO me and my brother, my dad traded it immediately, because he didn't trust our work. WTF?
Moral of the story? You don't need to be a mechanic to fix mechanical things. I sorted mail at the USPS, my brother made cardboard boxes at Stone Container, at the time.
I had that experience with the front suspension of a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. I was sooo close to finishing the job but got to a point where I just didn't have the right tool and didn't know where to buy one. A trip on the back of a flatbed truck to a mechanic that had ALL the tools got it back on the road.Meh, everyone has a 1st time taking something apart. Guns, cars etc. Not everyone can reassemble properly. If they could, pro's would serve no purpose.