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How to Disassemble a Colt 1911 Magazine

Updated November 21, 2016

The Colt model 1911 pistol is a popular .45 calibre handgun that initially saw use by United States military forces and later on with law enforcement and civilians. Developed by the famous firearm manufacturer and inventor J. Browning, the Colt 1911 is instantly one of the most recognisable pistol configurations ever created. As with any firearm, it is necessary to properly clean the gun routinely. Cleaning typically involves taking the gun apart and this extends to the magazine that should also be cleaned.

Remove the magazine from the grip of the Colt 1911 pistol. Press the magazine release to eject the magazine. Pull back the slide to visually inspect the gun, making sure that it is unloaded.

Place three to four rounds of .45 calibre ammunition in the magazine. Loading the ammunition is a convenient way to depress the spring and this is necessary for it to be disassembled.

Insert a small-diameter pin through a hole in the side of the magazine. Use a hole that is just below the follower, or metal piece that rides on top of the spring. Slide the pin through and out the hole on the opposite side of the magazine.

Turn the magazine upside down and allow the ammunition to slide out of the magazine. Shake the magazine slightly to remove the follower.

Pull the small-diameter pin from the magazine and remove the spring. Once the pin is removed the spring should be easy to remove from the magazine.

Things You'll Need

  • Colt 1911 magazine
  • .45 calibre ammunition (3 to 4 rounds)
  • Small-diameter pin
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About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.