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bullsleyer
bullsleyer, Gunsmith, master machinist, tool & die maker, mold maker
Category: Firearms Repair
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Customer: Hi Bill. My name is ***** ***** have a 380 ***** ***** Mustang that is sometimes impossible to remove the magazine without severe force. I want to replace the Magazine Catch ant the Magazine Catch Lock.
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Customer: I think that I have figured out how to remove the catch lock, but I am not able to get it to turn with a screw driver.can you help me?
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Firearms Repair
Expert:  bullsleyer replied 11 months ago.

Hi,

Thanks for requesting me.

As far as removing the magazine catch, lock, and spring goes, the slotted head catch lock only needs to turn 1/4 turn. You might have to slightly push in on the lock a little to get it to turn. When it turns 1/4 turn counter-clockwise, the whole thing will come back out.

Thanks,

Bill

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Bill, Thanks for the reply.
I cannot turn the lock in either direction. I don't want to do it but I am begining to tear up the screw head of the lock. Do you have any suggestion about how to get the lock to turn?
Also do you know where I can buy the lock and the magazine catch?
Bob
Expert:  bullsleyer replied 11 months ago.

Hi Bob,

Push in a little ways and turn counterclockwise. The lock has a tab that has to go in about 1/8 inch or so before it will turn. Keep pushing in until it wants to turn.

Thanks,

Bill

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The schematic that you sent are from Numrich.
They do not have these parts in stock. They are sold out.
Bob
Expert:  bullsleyer replied 11 months ago.

Why do you thing you need new parts?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Bill,
As I said before I am tearing up the screwhead of the lock and it will not move either clockwise or counter clockwise.
I take pride in my firearms being in new condition, meaning all screw heads in new condition.
I am afraid that the lock screw head will twist apart before the lock can be turned the 1/4 turn counterclockwise.
I would prefer to replace the parts indicated when the piece is apart to insure the condition of the firearm.
Bob
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Bill,
I also believe that the magazine catch is damaged.
I do not want to take the chance that it is not.
Bob
Expert:  bullsleyer replied 11 months ago.

Hi Bob,

My power was out due to a snowstorm. Sorry for the delay.

Here is a close-up of the assembly: http://www.m1911.org/technic28.htm

I am having a hard time finding a magazine catch assembly. I have checked all of my resources including Colt. I would strongly suggest that you take it to a gunsmith who can remove it and repair it. That is what I would do for you if I could not find the catch assembly.

Thanks,

Bill