I appreciate the feed-back.
I definetly have 1911itis... Not to the converstion kit yet, unless its a 22lr for practice.
The Aluma-Grips are probably the most expensive thing I've added so far, I really wanted the custom look without the "custom" price-tag and they really do the trick. Since the grips are laser-etched into the metal grips, I'll wear out before the design or the grips do
I keep a count on the back of an ammo box-top I keep with the gun, each time I shoot 50 or 100 I just put "+50" or "+100". When I run out of room I use a new with the count from the last one. I learned the trick from the woman that runs the gun-range just out of town. So far I've got about 5,000 rounds through this one, all of it mixed factory ammo over the whole time I've had the gun. I'm sure that'll jump up significantly this summer when I reload till my arm falls off.
I'm far from Yale material in my opinion JD, but thanks for the vote of confidence
My love for guns made me manage my money under a tight-wire. Unfortunately the wire has moved down so I havent had much to put into my guns themselves, but I switched my focus to the reloading setup so I can put more bullets to paper this summer.
The reason I asked about a match-grade barrel is just to see what manufacturer might be better than others in everyone's opinion. I probably wont actually be ready to buy one until I actually need a new barrel for the gun. Figure if I have to replace it, may as well replace it with an upgrade, right? I merely want the recommendations waiting in the wing for when I do have the chance to get ahold of a new barrel.
I do worry about a couple of visible gouges in the barrel just short of the crown of the barrel but it doesnt seem to be affecting accuracy yet. One actually goes completely through one of the lands of the barrel in the opposite direction of its spin and is the most visible.
My ambi-safety has tried to back out but after I finish a few mags I check it and its only moved slightly once or twice the whole time I've had the pistol.
I like the fiber-optic sights, these Novak ones hold up pretty well, I've only had to replace the front FO rod because the front bulb that holds it in was smashed by the bushing tool. Since then, I've learned how to get passed using the bushing tool. I havent used the straight-8 sights but I like the concept, it seems like they'd be really good quick-acquisition sights for when you're on the move. The 3-dot sight style is what mine came with, so its what I'm most accustomed to.