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I bought a 2011 from an old man who was terminally ill last year. I probably paid too much but he needed the money. When I got home and disassembled it I found it it had significant metal galling. It’s a hard chrome STI model. I sent it back to STI and they told me there was nothing they could do. Their head gunsmith was very kind and suggested I contact Doug Jones of Accu rail.

I talked to Doug and he seemed to think it was not a problem. I will post some pictures later but what he basically does is machine the frame and install these little stainless rails that the slide rides on. He does a lot of competition guns and STI’s of course. The fit was amazing and he even adjusted the trigger for me and replaced the thumb safety.

The pistol was really dirty and I picked up an ultrasonic cleaner from Harbor freight. I added my solution of choice, heated it and set the timer. I was amazed at how clean the parts came out. Even carbon deposits and fouling in the barrel wiped out with a cloth. For anyone that cleans a lot of guns, that Ultrasonic cleaner is the cats meow.
 

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You had me at STI.


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Standing by for pics. :unsure:
 

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Just got back. Daughter graduated from UF Law and we stood in rain at stadium and shot pics!

Here’s a pile of parts that was a pistol earlier
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Next shots you can see the accurails installed, the slide is really tight, trigger 3 pounds on the scale.
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Decent looking unit. (y)
 

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I use my ultrasonic cleaner all the time.

My cleaning solutions for ultrasonic cleaners are:

Gun parts with no aluminum: water, dawn dish detergent, and simple green

Gun parts with aluminum: water and dawn detergent

Stripping blue off of guns: water, dawn detergent, 1 tablespoon of Lemi-shine.
 

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Nice pistol Sir. You can really see the damage on that on pic, wow.


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Good info on the solution. It’s got to be a lot cheaper than what I used. I used, per the recommendations of the guy I spoke with, three parts water to one part frog lube solvent. It just destroyed every speck of carbon and gook.

The interesting thing about the 2011 if you look at the first picture, the frame is unlike anything I’ve ever seen on a 1911. The grip part is all plastic and all separate. It screws together in front of the trigger guard and then attaches with two screws at the top of the grip. The bottom screws on the grip appear to be purely ornamental and are threaded into plastic.
 

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I have been thinking about getting an ultrasonic cleaner, I guess it's time to get off the fence. That's a nice looking STI.
 

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How much dawn and simply green do you use for that size tank the HF 2.5L one thank you for sharing.
 

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I used it for the first time and removed some carbon that had evaded me when I discovered it last time I got back from the range it was in my Colt CRX16 inside the bolt carrier . So it looks like it will be useful and helpful.
 
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