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cotex 03-17-2014 12:47 PM

I just came across a old 1911 that is in need of some tlc
 
It was my dads and I was thinking new barrel, beaver tail, hammer, the works then finally give her a paint job, I gravitate towards Wilson combat lots, I was on brownells for like four hours. What should I look at replacing first to make it bad ass?
I liked the barrels with comps on the end...
Tex


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Axxe55 03-17-2014 01:36 PM

personally, if it were mine and had been my father's pistol, i'd leave it as is. i wouldn't change a thing. clean it, oil it and shoot it and enjoy the memories of my father having owned it at one time.

but that's just me and what i'd do. it's yours to with as you please.

Gatoragn 03-17-2014 04:28 PM

Axe, ya hit it outta the park with the post above. +10000

Winchester94 03-17-2014 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Axxe55 (Post 1532076)
personally, if it were mine and had been my father's pistol, i'd leave it as is. i wouldn't change a thing. clean it, oil it and shoot it and enjoy the memories of my father having owned it at one time.

but that's just me and what i'd do. it's yours to with as you please.

Agreed! That's definitely what I'd do.

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HOSSFLY 03-17-2014 05:54 PM

Agree with all ^^^^ :cool:
BTW- Do you have a sister named Tam? :confused: :p

danf_fl 03-17-2014 06:02 PM

Sometimes an old 1911 left as is can be worth more than your modifications cost.
Then when mods are finished, the gun isn't worth a hoot.

Reconsider, and buy a RIA to tinker on.

(A 1960's basic Colt with no frills can go for over $1200 easy)

JW357 03-17-2014 09:04 PM

Agreed with all the above.

But its your gun I suppose so do what makes you happy.

Quentin 03-17-2014 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Gatoragn (Post 1532188)
Axe, ya hit it outta the park with the post above. +10000

I agree. I wouldn't change a thing! Well, if it needs a new recoil spring, sear, mags or grips that's ok but I'd still hang on to the old parts.

limbkiller 03-17-2014 10:22 PM

Basically I agree with all of the above. What year and how old. If your talking a 70's gun or later do what you want. If it is a 1920-1960 model I would rethink any changes for sure. I'm getting ready to chop up a 1984 SS Colt first run in SS never fired until I got it last year 1911. If he carried it in the service it would be blasphemy to change it.

SSGN_Doc 03-18-2014 12:36 AM

Pics of the gun in question could help. Knowing the manufacturer, year, configuration and condition help us to give better informed opinions.

Oh, and barrels with comps are of limited usefulness on a 1911 in .45. Bushing comps are the worst and scream loudly at 1911 fans. Also, avoid most 1911 parts that say "drop-in". Barrels, bushings, safeties, and beavertails should be hand fitted to the gun.


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