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Old 11-05-2012, 12:00 AM   #1
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several months ago i bought an American Classic Commander. it has the hard chrome finish. well a couple of weekends ago, i sat staring at it and decided to make some minor changes and make it more to my liking. first of all i undercut the frame at the trigger guard, recessed the slide release pin hole on the RH side of the frame, recontoured the grip safety to more closely match the frame, did a slight carry bevel on the frame and slide and MSH. next was a trip to the bead blaster at work. will need another session to remove all the finish completely. here are some pictures of before and where i am at right now. will be blueing after the finish is removed. need to find some grips that will compliment the finish when done. still undecided as to exactly which way to go with there yet.

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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Nicely done. I heavily modified my AC Commander also. Much more to my liking now.

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Nicely done. I heavily modified my AC Commander also. Much more to my liking now.
thank you Olympus! i'm thinkin it may need some grips from you to make it special!
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Kudos axxe! You have a true vision for a PD carry piece! I can relate to your comfort zone because the Commander model is the "true" carry piece!

Only addition I could offer is to select a slim/thin set of stocks.

You have found the enlightened carry piece! This model will serve you well.

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How well was that thing shooting before the work? I've thought of getting one since it is about the only "bargain" 1911 out there in a true Commander size. I've wanted an affoardable one to do a bobtail conversion to to make it better for concealment.

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Kudos axxe! You have a true vision for a PD carry piece! I can relate to your comfort zone because the Commander model is the "true" carry piece!

Only addition I could offer is to select a slim/thin set of stocks.

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How well was that thing shooting before the work? I've thought of getting one since it is about the only "bargain" 1911 out there in a true Commander size. I've wanted an affoardable one to do a bobtail conversion to to make it better for concealment.
thank you, but dang Cane, are you reading my mind? have a set of new grip screws and bushings (slim) already for it! just need the slim grips now. haven't decided exactly which ones yet. i am thinking a lighter color to contrast with the darker color of the frame and slide. the thumb safety, slide release and mag release will be SS finish, to add a little more contrast when done.

Doc, it shot very well before teardown and only had to make one minor adjustment to the extractor, courtesy of Cane who told me how to tweek it. most all my changes are more cosmetic than functional. as i am not changing any internal parts as they function quite fine. the AC or even the RIA would be great pistols to do what you are suggesting. honestly, IMO, these pistols are a great platform for doing a budget build on. this AC is my second one and am very pleased with it. the first one was an AC II Government model that i shot the snot out of! loved it. they are great pistols. you need to check them out.
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thank you, but dang Cane, are you reading my mind? have a set of new grip screws and bushings (slim) already for it! just need the slim grips now. haven't decided exactly which ones yet. i am thinking a lighter color to contrast with the darker color of the frame and slide. the thumb safety, slide release and mag release will be SS finish, to add a little more contrast when done.

Doc, it shot very well before teardown and only had to make one minor adjustment to the extractor, courtesy of Cane who told me how to tweek it. most all my changes are more cosmetic than functional. as i am not changing any internal parts as they function quite fine. the AC or even the RIA would be great pistols to do what you are suggesting. honestly, IMO, these pistols are a great platform for doing a budget build on. this AC is my second one and am very pleased with it. the first one was an AC II Government model that i shot the snot out of! loved it. they are great pistols. you need to check them out.
Could you blast one for me so i can duracoat it? Lmk
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Could you blast one for me so i can duracoat it? Lmk
Tactical, personally i would like to, but as that i have no FFL, there is no way i could recieve a pistol from someone.
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Here's my modified AC Commander. Complete with bobbed frame and slim bushings and grips.



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