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Old 03-17-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default 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...
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:36 PM   #2
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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.

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

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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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Agree with all ^^^^
BTW- Do you have a sister named Tam?

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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)

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Agreed with all the above.

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

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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.
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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.

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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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