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Posted on 09/02/2012 5:21:45 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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I left my Springfield 1911 in my garage one night and the next day it had a light rust coating on it. What is the best way to safely remove the rust. No pits.
Hey Frog, thanks for the pingaroo!
Maybe soak it in some penetrating oil?
Alternatively, you could just get a Glock. ;-)
gotta go eat supper
I don’t really engage in the Glock/1911 banter. My gun was a gift and I thought this was a source for real information. Next...
Rub a soft cotton cloth over the rusted area with a gun solvent. Do not scrub, just apply gentle pressure to remove rust. Wipe off when done and wipe on a fresh coat of oil to protect it.
I got a story.
I inherited my Grandfathers Win 1897 12ga back in the 70’s. I used it for bird hunting for a couple of years and then noticed the fit-up between the barrel and receiver was a little sloppy. So I retired it and put it in the closet for 30 years.
In the last few years I’ve seen the 97’s discussed on other gun forums and read with interest. Well yesterday morning I ran across another 97 thread on The High Road. A guy was asking about it and one of the knowledgeable responders asked if it was a solid frame or a take-down.
Take-down???? I had never run across that. So I looked at you tube and sure enough mine is a take-down. That explained the sloppy fit. So I took it apart and now I think it will be a fine functioning gun.
Also looked up the serial # and found the manufacturing date to be 1898-1899!!
So now I’m cleaning it and ordering some parts for it to get it back in good shape. It fits nicely in a carbine case.
I didn’t know my Grandpa had it when he was alive, so I never got to talk to him about it. And it is a John Moses Browning design!
Thank you very much.
Had the same thing happen to me. I used a fine steel wool pad (0000) and a light machine oil and buffed the rust out with no damage to the firearm. Actually, it looks pretty good for an old timer. The bluing has faded quite a bit over the years but my 1911 Browning is just as reliable as ever. It just needs a little more TLC in its old age.
This is the gun:
For more stubborn surface rust, my Dad always used a little gun oil and some really really fine steel wool, applied with a light touch. It worked for him, but I’ve always been too chicken to use steel wool on my guns.
davetex, that is SO cool! Aren’t ya glad you’ve hung on to it for all these years?
And this is my Grandfather before he retired.
He traveled all over Ellis County tending to farmers medical needs. I’m pretty sure he accepted the gun as a barter deal as a lot of his patients didn’t have any money.
Yes, I am glad. I almost sold it a year ago as junk!!??
Now I have a great project.
Thanks for the info. Trying the cloth and oil this evening.
As soon as I take the dogs out one more time, and settle them down for the night, I’ll give y’all a range report and a couple of pictures of my recent purchase.
Thanks for the ping frog!
I noticed that mylife has been slacking off a little over the last couple of weeks. :)
Thanks to the advice of my FReeper friends here on the Gun Talk Radio thread, I went ahead and got that slug gun I was looking at.
Will put up some pics here in a moment.
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