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Old 06-21-2009, 01:31 AM   #41
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Thank you.

It was done by a well known Gun Smith back in 1992. I picked out every piece. The list of parts reads like a who's who of custom 1911's. I even had the frame welded and re cut since back then Caspian frames weren't.

Storm Lake tube, Wilson beaver safety, extended safety,slide release, Kings sear, disconnect, trigger, Smith Alexander single piece MS and mag funnel (lot's of fitting there) Chip trigger that at the time was the first ever of this shape common now. Ti firing pin, hammer strut, extractor. BoMar sight of course.

Another thing I wanted was the tri-tone hard chroming and even though it was my IPSC gun I went with old school bluing on the slide. If you look close you will see the flats are the natural HC finish but the under cuts are bead blasted and the switches are all polished like a brand new Snap-On wrench.

I waited 2 years for it.

Thanks for the info. Those S/A MSH/Funnels are a serious pain to fit. Don't always end up working, either. The high polish is a nice offset to the slide and frame.

It's nice to see a 1911 that has had some actual gunsmithing done to it, versus the usual "parts swapping" that passes for "custom" these days.

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Thanks for the info. Those S/A MSH/Funnels are a serious pain to fit. Don't always end up working, either.
I have installed several Smith & Alexander Mag-Guides and never once had an issue. There is nothing to it besides the actual spring swap. The Mag-Guide is designed to have some clearance from the receiver. I hope you are not trying to get a no-gap fit! You don't want or need that tight fit! And you will never see it if you put magwell cut grips on the gun.

If you have a question about installation, give Alan Smith a call, he will walk you through the process until it's working! A conversation with Alan is like a pistolsmith lesson. Barbra Smith is equally knowledgeable and both are a pleasure to deal with!

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I picked this one up about 3 months ago and just now after 2 months got my ammo in that I ordered on line. I do have a 45 Combat Elite that I bought new when Walmart used to sell pistols about 25 years back. I don't have any pictures of the 45 right now so this will have to do.

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I have installed several Smith & Alexander Mag-Guides and never once had an issue. There is nothing to it besides the actual spring swap.
Your "parts swap fu" is strong. I have had a couple recently that were very hard to fit. One of them had a visibly high leg to the funnel on the right side. It took some pretty heavy filing to get it on. And based upon the original post, I'm not the only one who has had to fit them.

I don't consider a little fitting to be a bad thing, and would rather have parts that require some light fitting so there are not visible gaps with the finished product. But they are not always a "drop in" part", and there is not always "nothing to it".
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That's a very good looking gun JD. * grumbling *

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There are some downright beautiful handguns around here.

Now that it's finally home, here's my reworked 1927 Sistema Colt:

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