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Old 04-03-2013, 08:31 AM   #21
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I can't help it, Colt firearms (not just one singular model) just feel like an American icon for me. Stereotypical? Yeah, sure. But it is what it is

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Man just get one of each, 1911, M1, AR15, Win 30/30, Browning A5, Rem 870, Mod 700 your choice caliber same for Win mod 70. 1911 seems to be most recognizable and well respected. Sure works for me
All this talk about different American guns and rifles is giving me the new gun itch.My only issue with that is I just picked one up the other day.
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Proud to say I'm getting ready to pick up my first 1911. Not the brand I "want" but it is the one I can "afford" which is the important part. Yet to hear anything bad about rock island armory so I can't complain too much. Also my first .45 so either way I'm excited! advice on first mods?

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All this talk about different American guns and rifles is giving me the new gun itch.My only issue with that is I just picked one up the other day.
You mean to say there are times you DON'T have the "new gun itch"? Teach me your ways?
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You mean to say there are times you DON'T have the "new gun itch"? Teach me your ways?
Only when I have the ammo itch so lately I've had the new gun itch more often than not.:-)
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Proud to say I'm getting ready to pick up my first 1911. Not the brand I "want" but it is the one I can "afford" which is the important part. Yet to hear anything bad about rock island armory so I can't complain too much. Also my first .45 so either way I'm excited! advice on first mods?
If it isn't the tactical model and you want a combat/skeletonized hammer take a look at the s&w hammer at Midway, it is only $10??? Very high value right there! Mine dropped right in, took 2 minutes to do. And to get the best probability for a drop in trigger and beavertail I order the tactical versions from armscor USA website, spent $35 total for both
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Only when I have the ammo itch so lately I've had the new gun itch more often than not.:-)
Haha yeah, not much point in having the ammo itch as of late...that's one that's virtually impossible to scratch. I'm broke as hell but I'm dying to get a compact Glock (for a CCW) and a Colt revolver (classic). Oh the new gun itch, you leave me so very broke.
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Proud to say I'm getting ready to pick up my first 1911. Not the brand I "want" but it is the one I can "afford" which is the important part. Yet to hear anything bad about rock island armory so I can't complain too much. Also my first .45 so either way I'm excited! advice on first mods?
Congratulations on your first 1911!! Exciting indeed.

In a very friendly way, please let me STRONGLY encourage you to consider making your first "mod" simply a lot of ammo and practice, with a ton of dry firing. Really get to know your pistol before you do anything to it.

After that...the best thing would be to get the trigger worked on to smooth it out and get the weight down. If you are intending to use this for self-defense or anything other than a fun range gun, do NOT get the trigger weight below 3 pounds, in fact, I'm not sure you should go that low.

I think a Rock Island is a good basic 1911, so you have the classic one piece guide rod, and the standard flat mainspring housing. I can't really think of anything to "mod" beyond that.

The good news about a less expensive 1911 is that you should not sweat making it into some kind of "custom" 1911, just shoot it a lot and enjoy it.

Put the money you would spend on customizing it into ammo.

Hogue grips are awesome though, if you get a hankering for a better grip set up.
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I do want a Colt 1911. I'm *almost* ready to sell my Springfield Loaded and buy a Colt. Almost.

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Proud to say I'm getting ready to pick up my first 1911. Not the brand I "want" but it is the one I can "afford" which is the important part. Yet to hear anything bad about rock island armory so I can't complain too much. Also my first .45 so either way I'm excited! advice on first mods?
buy ammo, shoot the snot out of it, field strip and clean it, then repeat. learn the platform first before doing any modifications to it. read this stickie by Canebrake. lots of very useful information for those new to the 1911 platform and will save you alot of money and headaches in the longrun.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/choosing-your-first-1911-a-21860/

read this to go with the other as well. lots of good information here as well

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/canebrakes-1911-platform-pistol-cleaning-suggestions-85177/
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