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Old 08-20-2011, 04:54 AM   #1
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Default Getting ready to buy my first 1911 in a couple weeks

Hey guys. As the thread says...gonna be buying my first 1911. I'm very excited. I'm buying the springfield
G.I. 5" barrel, parkerized. This is the 1911 I've always wanted. Plain, black and beautiful. I don't need any bling on it. So....some questions. I'm a Glock nut, I've done a bunch of stuff to my G17 and its all been super easy, how is it for a 1911? The only thing ill probably do later on is get a skelotonized hammer and trigger. How hard is it to do that kind of stuff? I'm getting a too good to be true deal on it. My friends dad is getting rid of it to get a Kimber. 500 rounds through it-crimson trace grips and 3 mags for $500!!!! Anyone own one of these beauts and how they stack up to others? Anything special i need to know? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 08-20-2011, 04:58 AM   #2
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I don't own one, but I own the Mil-Spec 1911a1. It's just like the GI model except without the lanyard loop and a 3 dot sights system, and I love it! It may not be a Colt, but it's pretty darn close to it .
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Looks like a great choice and a smoking deal! I can't speak from experience but i have looked into it a lil and it sounds like modding a 1911 takes a bit more "finesse" then other guns but doesn't sound too terribly difficult either. I'd personally leave it as is though but that's just my opinion, have fun!
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I would be honored to assist you in your 1911 mods. The changes you listed can be done with a modicum of mechanical common-sense and little help from your friends. (Those of us that have been there, got the t-shirt.) The only thing that may require a gunsmith is the new hammer to sear tuning.

My first request is that you get ~500 rounds of WWB 230gr ball ammo from Wally-World and don't do a thing to the gun until the ammo is spent. This will give you and your new gun to get to know each other and for you to compare the 1911 pattern pistol to the glock. Once you have 500 1911 single action trigger pulls under your belt you may never go back! Don't worry, 500 rounds can be expended in record time compared to the time it takes to complete the trigger take-up with the glock.

I look forward to your transition into the wonderful world of John Moses Browning.
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Hey frantz, it's not a do it yourself thing. I have a colt government and bought a Wilson beavertail and hammer, took the gun apart and realized they didn't fit. Put all back together and took it to a gunsmith. Drop in parts doesn't always mean drop in parts. Just a few simple mods shouldn't cost too much and won't mess up the appearance. Don't "kitchen gunsmith" it, you'll regret it. My best friend took a dremel to his Colt officers, and now he regrets it. He was young and knew it all, now he is wiser leaves his dremel alone.
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Oh yeah, good buy tho. It's a springer, my opinion you got a better deal than your friends dad.
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I have a springer 1911 loaded parkerized. It's like the GI with custom parts that I would have wanted to do myself basically. And MAN it's so awesome... Ur going to fall in love with it.
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I have to agree with everyone above.
Like Cane says, shoot it to become familiar with it.

There are a lot of things that can be done to a 1911 to make it "Your" 1911, but you have to know what needs to be changed.

(I also heard that if you put 2 1911's in a safe together, somehow a family of 1911's develop over time.)
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(I also heard that if you put 2 1911's in a safe together, somehow a family of 1911's develop over time.)
Oh God if that was only true! Hahaha. To be honest w/you I'd probably just end up putting a skelotonized trigger on it and not the hammer. And I will be definitely shooting the stuffing out of it.
Any maintenence issues I need to know? Like how often springs need replaced etc etc? I am anal about maintaining my firearms and they get cleaned religiously so that's not an issue.
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I would be honored to assist you in your 1911 mods. The changes you listed can be done with a modicum of mechanical common-sense and little help from your friends. (Those of us that have been there, got the t-shirt.) The only thing that may require a gunsmith is the new hammer to sear tuning.

My first request is that you get ~500 rounds of WWB 230gr ball ammo from Wally-World and don't do a thing to the gun until the ammo is spent. This will give you and your new gun to get to know each other and for you to compare the 1911 pattern pistol to the glock. Once you have 500 1911 single action trigger pulls under your belt you may never go back! Don't worry, 500 rounds can be expended in record time compared to the time it takes to complete the trigger take-up with the glock.

I look forward to your transition into the wonderful world of John Moses Browning.
Sorry cane did not mean to over step you sir. I'd like hear about the trigger swap
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