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Polish it up Buttercup!

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I stripped the CM9 apart when a little trigger grit was aggravating my 'Type A' self. You know the type. It's ugly! The trigger bar was a mess. Well, it was sort of OK as a normal trigger bar, but you know what I'm driving at. I already had it apart at one time to clean things up when it was new (what, a week or two ago?) and even stoned things down here and there, but it wasn't enough for us anal types. This time I took the trigger bar to my old Corvette hot rod project shop, AKA garage, full of nasty powerful tools, and worked of that piece of stamped steel. Alot! Cause it needed alot! And "alot" isn't even a word! Moving on... The Dremel was my friend. I started with 220 grit, then 320 then 600 and finally got to the rouge. White. green, the the very fine red. Holy mother of God it was shiny and smooth! The secret was to polish any contact surface, of course, and the primary villain, the lower edge where the trigger bar spring slides while cycling the trigger. I just kept at it until it was smooth and super bright.

Three beers and unusual French cuss words later, the trigger, spacer spring, bar, doohicky, were back in place and I was ready to give her a whirl.

What a difference!

Talk about butter smooth! I can't detect the slightest tic or bump or anything other than a super slick pull on the trigger right through the break. Amazing. You know how you can usually pull the trigger back at a normal speed and it feels just fine, but at very slow creeping speeds you'll feel the bumps and grit and surges? Not now! Pulling the trigger back very very slowly and deliberately transmits zero feedback other than gliding along to the break. How impressive is that!

The circled area in the pic shows where the trigger bar spring rides while pulling the trigger. That's the area to focus your attention.

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Sounds like you're a guy of demanding anility. I'm the same why with some but not all of my interests. Haven't' taken mine down all the way but would like to and if I did I'd take the time to do what you did. My only concern would be overdoing it especially when I wouldn't know I was. I suppose I would look to see contact areas and work them to polish not necessarily remove metal.
I make up wouds quite a lot.
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Your'e not orgasmuming are you? Not allowed on the Forum unless it goes bang..................well you know what mean.
Hey, If I can watch Vaginal Cream TV commercials whats wrong with what I said. Just askin.
I've done the same, V'room. I remember working on my race bike and it was cold outside so with her blessing I bought it in the cleared out dining room and took it apart and reassembled over a week.
This is a follow up to a previous post that I explained watching this commerical and asked how would you like to be a teenager visiting your girl friends house with her parents and this commercial comes on? You missed it probably because your wifey doesn't want you on the forum that day.
If you don't try new things, at least once, you REMAIN ignorant.........
What...She liked the monkey and threw you out? Just wonderin.
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It's a wonderful knack isn't it? Just let you hair down and lay it back.
Thanks for the info. Will try this!
Hey looky here.......another free spirit. Red works great if you're up for it.
We do get carried away don't we, Sorry.

I would like to someday take mine apart polish everything but I must say I have no complaints with what I have. I can't imagine them being any smoother than they are now.
Interesting read gentlemen.
Anything to do with the art world I enjoy and I just happen to be getting in what your talking about. My Air brush is an older model too but not as old as your 1911. I didn't know they had air brushes back then. Learning learning. And Battery Powered too....wow.
Might as well what you got into it for the necessary fix, I don't think you could replace it with anything nicer....
I agree, you'll never get the big bucks back for all you've blindly dumped in it now. Geeze how could do that Mr. Rat?
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