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    I recently purchased an 1911 and M1icon Carbine from a friend of mine. These two weapons were carried by his father-in-law (1st Lt, 20th Armored Div) in WWII.

    I got the 1911 disassembled for cleaning and everything went OK. When trying to reassemble it, encounter a couple of problems. Since I'm a newbie with a 1911, need some advice.

    1. The barrel bushing is not going back into place because what appears to be burrs on the end of the barrel. I think it could be forced, but am worry about that (see picture).

    2. There some kind of deposit on the inside of the barrel right at the front (see picture). Looks likes a calcium deposit, although I doubt that's what it is. Found another smaller one on the slide but just knock it off with a small screwdriver. I reluctant to use that method on the barrel. I have run a copper cleaning brush through the barrel a couple of times.

    Any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by szvacek View Post
    There some kind of deposit on the inside of the barrel right at the front
    Could it be weld? Or maybe JB weld?

    Quote Originally Posted by szvacek View Post
    what appears to be burrs on the end of the barrel
    Looks like you could take those down with a jewellers file.
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    You have a pistol with a known history so don't mess it up if you don't have to. Take just the barrel and just the bushing and test fit them. Make sure there is a very light film of oil on the barrel first. If the bushing slides on with no problem your issue lies elsewhere so don't mess with the barrel. If the bushing doesn't slide on then there are high spots that will need to be addressed. But the fact that you didn't say you had to wrestle off the bushing in the first place tells me the barrel's ok, unless you dropped it muzzle first on a hard floor. If the bushing slides on the barrel ok then test fit just the bushing into the slide, there could be an issue there. It sounds to me like your slightly out of alignment when your trying to put it together. A 1911 can be frustrating when your first learning to put it back together.
    That thing in the barrel kind of looks like an old liquified rubber band that somehow made its way in there and solidified. Use something plastic or even wood to try and break it off. If that doesn't work soak the barrel in your favorite bore cleaner for a couple of days and try it again with the plastic or wood tool. Whatever you do don't take bubba's advise and try to "shoot it out". Good luck and let us know how it works out. - Bill

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    I just pulled some spark plugs from a old flat head...
    Point being they were fouled and the color looks very similar.

    Could this be Lead fouling, building up on the old carbon?
    Next guess would be.... Is it Brass/Metal fouling?

    I'd try soaking in a lead removing solvent like Lewis, Would also try Hoppes #9.
    If either of these don't work....
    Might there be a chance of it being Solder?

    I don't believe you'd hurt anything by running a wad of Bronze wool thru, but wait for other opinions first.
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    1.) Said burrs would have been there when you took the bushing off. Any issues then? As mentioned, burrs just get filed off with a fine file or sand paper. Kind of an odd place for burrs though. Either way, be gentle. Burrs do not require a great deal of force to remove.
    2.) Drop the whole thing into a container of solvent and leave it there for a couple hours. Lets the solvent do its job. Then clean as per normal. Repeat as required.

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