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Old 07-22-2002, 09:49 PM   #1
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Basic files and stones for 1911 gunsmithing...?

I would like to order a few files and stones to use for basic 1911 gunsmithing: to polish inner parts, smooth trigger channels and breechface, fit hammers, sears & triggers, slide stops, extractors, beavertails, mag funnels, etc.

If you have experience with this, would you please recommend specific types and sizes of files and stones which are the most basic, needed files...

Thanks in advance, for your recommendations...
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Old 07-28-2002, 04:33 AM   #2
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Brownell's sells files for almost every 'special use' that one can imagine. Pricey, but that's life.

Most of my filing is done with a 10" second cut mill, a 7" smooth cut mill and various chain saw files. I only buy Nicholson (sp?) Black Diamond files, which are available around here at Ace Hardware. Special use files include checkering files and 60 degree vee files for serrating sights and such. (And some BAD checkering...) Other special use files can often be made from the stock files, as long as one has a grinder and patience enough not to burn the temper from the file.

Stones are simpler-a 1/2" by 1/2" by 6" fine (either ceramic or arkansas), a Washita bench stone and a Surgical Black Arkansas bench stone. The flexible abrasives that Brownell's sellls (sort of like a pencil eraser with various grades of grit embedded in it) can also be worth it's weight in gold.

Old 07-28-2002, 05:28 PM   #3
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Washington State
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Flexible Sanding Sticks

:roll: I have found the Flexible Sanding Sticks, which are similar to finger nail files, to be very handy for polishing gun parts of all types of weapons. You can find them in various grits from course to super fine at a good hobby shop. They are just the ticket for deburring, and smoothing all manner of parts, and are much more efficient than stones for many applications, as they will conform to rounded shapes, and fit inside trigger slots, hammer slots, etc. Try em, you'll like em. Good Shootin ! Joe :roll:

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