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    #16
    Re: tight AC Commander

    The Academy in Longview was in line with gun stores, but that was a few years ago. Walmart was cheaper, but Freedom Munitions even cheaper, so that's where I've gone for last few years. 'Course, since I don't shoot as much lately, haven't needed much ammo.
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      #17
      Re: tight AC Commander

      Found a way to verify that the issue is a tight bushing. I chalked the slide open about 1/2" by putting a wooden dowel into the ejection port.
      This moved the bushing down the barrel about 1/2" Then I depressed the plug and spun the bushing to easily remove spring/plug.
      As long as the bushing isn't in contact with the barrel where it mates for lockup, it will spin. I replaced the bushing with the one from my 5" AC.
      ZERO ISSUES with disassembly.
      Now....do I send it off for $25 UPS charge & lost time, or buy a $20 bushing locally and be done? Seems like a no brainer,
      but if the new bushing is also tight, I just wasted $20. BTW...the bushing measures just .001" greater than the barrel.
      Will check to see how much a smith wants to hone the factory bushing to fit.

      How much clearance should there be? I'm sure more than .001".

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        #18
        Re: tight AC Commander

        If deemed defective, Eagle may send you a new bushing at no charge. Some accurate measurements might help determine that. At any rate, never hurts to ask. Personally, I'd try honing the bushing out myself & if I screwed it up, could still buy a new one. Keep in mind, less is best. Hone & test, hone & test. That clearance between bushing & barrel affects accuracy, so worse case, a very inaccurate Commander.
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          #19
          Re: tight AC Commander

          I would contact Eagle Imports. I expect they will drop a new bushing in the mail. They sent a new bushing for my MAC Bullseye. Easy.

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            #20
            Re: tight AC Commander

            I've done a bunch of research on this now. Accuracy wise, the tighter the better. That stands to reason. But I bought this Commander for EDC, I don't need bullseye accuracy & would prefer easier disassembly. Good suggestion on trying it myself....a wee bit at a time. Worst case scenario, I'll need to buy a bushing.
            I won't end up with "a very inaccurate Commander" no matter how many times I have to try. Combat accuracy will be fine with me. Will call Eagle on Monday too.
            Thanks Mitch!

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              #21
              Re: tight AC Commander

              The bushing is different between the commander and the full size. While you can assemble it the full size bushing should be longer than the commander.
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                #22
                Re: tight AC Commander

                Going to local smith Monday. I'll let him measure it & maybe hone it a bit. Worst case scenario, he most likely has a bushing in stock that will suit my desires.
                Thanks to all for the chat, I've learned a bunch.
                When I asked these questions over on1911 Forum, I got flamed for not wanting a gun that was so hard to tear down.

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                  #23
                  Re: tight AC Commander

                  Originally posted by texas solo View Post
                  Going to local smith Monday. I'll let him measure it & maybe hone it a bit. Worst case scenario, he most likely has a bushing in stock that will suit my desires.
                  Thanks to all for the chat, I've learned a bunch.
                  When I asked these questions over on1911 Forum, I got flamed for not wanting a gun that was so hard to tear down.
                  A lotta snobs on the 1911 forum & why I don't go there anymore. I still get "highlights" emailed to me which just serve to remind me why I don't go there.
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                    #24
                    Re: tight AC Commander

                    HUGE UPDATE..
                    For those who followed this thread, I went to a local smith today. Even he couldn't turn the bushing....with a wrench!
                    He wanted $80 to hone it out to fit. Humm....Eagle Imports is sending me new bushing, so I got nothing to lose.
                    I put some 600 grit sandpaper on a Dremel and worked it slowly. Test, turn, test, turn, repeat.
                    I got to where it's easy with a wrench and just a bit snug by hand.

                    Thanks to all who chimed in here, I appreciate it.

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                      #25
                      Re: tight AC Commander

                      Sounds like you've got it handled.

                      I go to the 1911forum (the grey one) now and then. It's nowhere near as snobbish as Gloque talk. But I think unless you're already an expert or you spent $3,000 on your 1911, you'll be largely ignored.
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                        #26
                        Re: tight AC Commander

                        Got another 150 rds on the new Commander today. First two mags went into a 2" circle, so no accuracy issues with my repair.
                        I also tried a lighter spring, but it caused issues, FTE's, FTF's. I put the original #18 spring back in and the issues cleared up.

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