Originally Posted by 1911newbee
hello all.i recently got a 1911 mill spec,by springfeild.i've put 200 rounds through it now and love it.Thinking adout adding some grips,new sights,and beaver tail grip safety.Any tips or suggestions on brands?Good bad or ugly.Thanks.
Lots of quality add on parts out there to choose from but some general parts to consider as your first upgrades:
Arched MSH, this is a personal preference based on feel, but for many, it is desireable, and the US Army found it tends to help shooters who typically shoot low with a 1911 by force adjusting their grip.
mag-well, can be helpful in quick mag change situations. can also be a one piece unit as part of the MSH
Memory bump grip safety - some like them, some don't - helps you maintain consistent grip by having a tactile location on your hand via the bump.
Sight choice - what do you need? I picked tactical low profile night sights as my first upgrade, but found that as my primary usage was indoor range, the night sights were too hard to see, so I changed them again for hi-vis white dots which for me, made more sense. Determine your usage prior to picking them out.
Grips - some look cool but feel crappy - there are also things like finger grip add ons that will work with any normal grip. Regardless, make sure you know if you like 'sticky' rubber grips or slick, or smooth hard grips, and if you get a magwell extension, you will need un-beveled grips to match
Ambi-safety - good if you need to shoot as a lefty ......
Trigger - there are many options here for type and pull, find out the benefits of them all before modifying.
Many other potential upgrades out there that can be done by you with a few simple tools - but as the others have said, shoot it enough to make an educated choice on which upgrade apply to you.