Owners of Officer sized 1911s have one common problem. It’s a chore when we need to strip the guns down for cleaning or maintenance. The officer sized guns like the Kimber Ultra series of pistols, have a short recoil guide rod and it needs to be compressed before the slide stop can be removed. Usually, you’d have to insert a small pin (I use a bent paper clip) into a hole in the guide rod to capture the spring, and then trying to hold the paper clip in place while trying to disassemble the gun.
That’s where the 1911 Ultra Tool comes in. Designed and Patented by Richard Ketchum.
You insert it into the guide rod after locking the slide back, as per the included illustration :
Looks like this :
then move the slide forward a little, and the take down groove will be aligned perfectly with the slide-stop. From there, disassemble the gun per normal. Here’s a picture of the captured recoil spring and guide rod.
He sells them off his site at http://www.1911ultratool.com./ and has models for Kimber, Colt, Springfield Micro Compact, EMP and Para Ordanance Hawg for $25.
Just installed some upgrades for my Glock 19 today :
Slug Plug – to plug the hole in the grip. I don’t know why Glock never bothered to fill this in the first place. WEIRD!
Stainless Recoil Guide Rod – this one is noisier than the stock polymer guide rod but more durable.
Extended Magazine Release – I also filed down the sides to give it a slight bevel so it won’t bite into my skin.
A Glock .25cent Trigger Job – basically polishing the metal areas to smoothen out the action. It works, just barely, you can tell that the trigger pull is slightly smoother, but you can still feel the polymer on steel drag during the pull.
A Scherer 3.5# Connector – Had to polish the heck out of this one. Look at all the imperfections. sheesh.
All done, except for the extended slide release which is on Backorder.
I’ve been shooting my XDm in USPSA Limited category and have been wanting to add these updates for a while now. You know that the .40 S&W is snappy and very stout and one of the ways to help is to increase the weight up front. I did that by getting a Tungsten Guide Rod from Canyon Creek. I also got the Tungsten Magazine release to help with the weight & reaching the mag release button without changing the grip.
The guide rod protrudes a little but doesn’t change the overall length of the gun.