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   EVER READY - NEVER DRY   All Weather, All Condition, All WeaponLubrication System 1911 Pistol (and clones) Instruction Set By Gregory Pond The following instructions detail the products and procedure for a proven, fieldstrip level firearm lubrication process. The recommended lubrication productsare as follows, and can be purchased at Brownell’s firearms accessoriescompany (www.brownells.com, toll free 800-741-0015). These products arespecifically formulated for use in firearms. Do not substitute non firearm gradelubricants. Part# 965-361-010Wilson Combat Ultima-Lube UniversalPart# 965-000-008   Wilson Combat Ultima-Lube Universal Grease/Oil   The universal grease is a white lithium-complex, extreme pressure grease.The universal grease/oil product is a higher viscosity, synthetic oil, formulatedfrom a mixture of synthetic oil and grease. ________________________________________________________________ This field strip level lubrication system’s procedural steps are listed below,followed by pictures showing the actual application areas in a sample Colt® XSEGovernment Model pistol. The field strip level lubrication system utilizes amixture of two compatible lubrication products. The use of both productsprovides the specific benefits of both a low and high viscosity lubricant, at thesame time. This process has been thoroughly tested in AR-15 style, semi-automatic rifles. The process has been thoroughly tested in 1911 type, SigSauer®, Glock® and Browning® Hi-Power pistol platforms. Testing, competitiveand duty use weather conditions include extreme cold/snow, plus 90 degree heatand high humidity and rain. Thousands of test rounds have been fired in eachplatform. To date, no field strip level lubrication failures have been experienced(typical round counts of 200-300 rounds fired between cleanings).Any firearm lubrication process should include lubrication of metal to metalcontact surfaces only.  The newer, polymer (Glock® and similar) framed firearms do not requirelubrication of the polymer components. The polymer components have beendesigned to be self lubricating. Normal, polymer framed pistol maintenanceshould include keeping the polymer components completely clean and dry.Many shooters notice that polymer grip components become very slippery witheven the slightest amount of cleaning solvent or oil present on the polymergripping areas.Applying lubrication to metal surfaces that do not wear against other metalsurfaces, does nothing to increase the lubricity of the moving parts.Unnecessary, excess lubrication does little more than provide a base forunwanted contamination to adhere to. A good rule of thumb is to lubricate whereyou see shiny metal (most firearm finishes wear from metal to metal contact). Beadvised that some firearm finishes, such as hard chroming and “baked on”phenolic resin finishes, may not provide shiny wear marks to easily identify metalto metal contact surfaces. Become very familiar with your weapon   systemand it’s operation, to be sure you are lubricating the right components ofthe firearm. The base product utilized in this field strip level lubrication system is the lithium-complex grease (Wilson Combat Ultima-Lube Universal). The high viscositygrease product is excellent in preventing run off, even under the severe heat andfriction endured in 300-500 round firing cycles. The grease also eliminates runoff due to close body carry (body heat warms conventional oils, loweringviscosity, resulting in run off inside the holster). STEP 1 After removing any magazines and completely unloading the firearm ,disassemble and thoroughly clean the firearm. Remove any cleaning solvents toa bare metal finish. Clean cotton patches on the flat metal areas, and cotton Q-tips® in the frame and slide rails, can be used to wipe off cleaning solvents afterfouling is removed. De-lubricating cleaners such as automotive brake cleaner oracetone are not recommended, unless a complete stripping of the weapon isplanned, to include re-lubricating of all internal trigger, firing and safetycomponents. Never apply a de-lubricating cleaner to the “inner workings” of afirearm unless complete stripping and re-lubricating is planned. As a side note, avoid using a grease on any firearm’s internal parts, unless specified bythe manufacturer. Most internal parts are small, closely fitted parts that leave little to noroom for thicker, high viscosity lubricants, such as the grease described in thisdocumentation. A thin film of the grease product is applied to the metal on metal bearing and lockup surfaces of the pistol components, to include the slide and frame rails and thebarrel lock up areas. See pictures below for field strip level lubrication areas tobe included. The Wilson Combat Ultima-Lube Universal product comes in a  syringe and allows for precise positioning/flow of the grease. The grease shouldbe applied in a small bead, and smeared to a thin coat with a finger tip or the tipof the grease syringe. Areas such as the slide and frame rails will require theuse of the syringe tip to smear the grease as flat as possible. Your grease coatshould approximately equal the thickness of one or two pieces of tissue paper. Keep in mind that the only lubrication serving its purpose, is lubricationthat remains resident between the metal components that are wearingagainst each other. Excess build up is simply forced out of the wear contactareas, and does no good. STEP 2  After the base grease coat is applied, a small amount (measured in single dropsand partial single drops only) of the grease/oil product (Wilson Combat Ultima-Lube Universal Grease/Oil) is applied on top of the base, grease product. Theaddition of the grease/oil product will slicken the grease lubricant, for better initiallubrication during cold weather firing. The grease/oil product also preventsstiffening of the grease lubricant, during long storage periods.Add only one full drop of the grease/oil product to the muzzle end of eachgreased frame rail . Tilt the frame muzzle end of the frame up, and let the droprun from the muzzle end of the frame’s rails towards the grip end. No grease/oilis needed on the slide rails, as the slide rails will pick up the drop of grease/oilupon re-assembly.Internal areas of the slide, such as the muzzle opening in the slide and thebarrel/slide locking lug areas can be lubricated with less than a full drop of thegrease/oil, applied on top of the grease. The barrel bed in the frame should get apartial drop of grease/oil applied on top of the thin coating of grease.After re-assembling and safety checking a properly lubricated pistol, a smallamount of excess lubrication is typically forced out from between the slide/framerails, muzzle end of barrel, etc. Simply wipe off the small amount of unusedgrease, and further excess should be minimal.See pictures of disassembled sample Colt® XSE Government Model pistol belowfor areas of required lubrication.  Grease onlyapplied to bothslide railsGrease andgrease/oil appliedto slide barrel lugarea (raised andlowered lug areas) Images below depict Colt® XSE GovernmentModel pistol. Most 1911 style pistols havesimilar components, and the same field striplubrication points exist.
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