(BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO DIS-ASSEMBLE THE PISTOL, REMOVE THE MAGAZINE, CHECK TO BE SURE THE CHAMBER IS EMPTY, WITH THE SLIDE SAFETY ENGAGED AND THE HAMMER BACK IN FULL COCK POSITION)
This tool will be fully appreciated by anyone who has tried to field strip a 1911 type pistol with either the plastic wrench provided with most 1911’s, or with their fingers. Using a nice and well-shaped wooden handle, to which is attached a resin block with recess to fit over the barrel and around the barrel bushing, with a center rod that runs about 3 inches inside the barrel to hold in position, this tool makes it much easier to turn the barrel bushing to the side to release it from the inside notch in the slide while holding pressure on the recoil spring, allowing the tension of the spring to be released slowly, and without the spring and rod flying across the room, maybe putting somebody’s eye out. Once the barrel bushing is off, removing the slide and barrel only requires pushing out the slide stop rod and lever. To re-assemble, the process is reversed, pushing in the barrel bushing against the recoil spring until it can be turned to lock into the notch inside the slide, holding both barrel and recoil plug and guide rod in place (of course, this is after aligning the barrel link with the hole for the slide stop rod and replacing that piece).
The .45 Take-Down Tool is made and sold by Alchemy Custom Weaponry, and in my humble opinion it should be included with every 911 type pistol sold. There are videos of using this tool on You Tube. To order, call 1-309-944-1911. Please tell them you saw it here!