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Old 10-07-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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Looking to upgrade my SA MilSpec.

Beavertail - Smith & Alexander or Wilson Drop-in.
Would have to alter frame to fit the S&A. Not sure I want to do that with a lifetime warranty. Have seen pics of MilSpecs with Wilson for government models - large gap between frame and safety. I have seen 1 pic with the Wilson commander style on MilSpec, much smaller gap. Has anyone tried the commander drop-in? Would you modify gun with lifetime warranty?

Mainspring Housing - changing from arched to flat. If I go from Springfield w/ ILS to non-ILS will I need to change internals? Has anyone used the Smith & Alexander?
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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Looking to upgrade my SA MilSpec.

Beavertail - Smith & Alexander or Wilson Drop-in.
Would have to alter frame to fit the S&A. Not sure I want to do that with a lifetime warranty. Have seen pics of MilSpecs with Wilson for government models - large gap between frame and safety. I have seen 1 pic with the Wilson commander style on MilSpec, much smaller gap. Has anyone tried the commander drop-in? Would you modify gun with lifetime warranty?

Mainspring Housing - changing from arched to flat. If I go from Springfield w/ ILS to non-ILS will I need to change internals? Has anyone used the Smith & Alexander?
many times when you modify an item, it usually voids the warranty. so you have to decide whether you want to modify and void the warranty to get what you want in a pistol or live with drop-in parts that might be a bit mis-matched.

would i modify a pistol with a lifetime warranty? good question. depends on the pistol and what i was wanting out of it. might be better to find another pistol to modify if the warranty is an issue that concerns you.
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Should have put in my original post that I did look into trading for a Loaded model. Upgrading the MilSpec will cost about the same as paying the difference for the loaded. I also prefer the rear cocking serrations only. This is a pistol that I plan to keep since it's my first 1911. Someday it will belong to my son. I do not see having the cash for another 1911 anytime soon so upgrading this one just the way I want seems to be the best option.
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Have you considered asking SA to do the work?

Warranty problem solved.
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Have you considered asking SA to do the work? Warranty problem solved.
I have, but it's cost prohibitive. $90 to install beavertail, $45 to refinish frame and $60 to ship the gun to them. Plus still need new hammer. For that I can buy all the parts including a Novak rear sight.
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Installed a S&A beavertails on my older Springer. I like the fitted BTs better than the "drop-ins".

Mine is a pre-ILS gun so a mainspring housing change was simple. But I'm pretty sure your spring and plunger would work fine in a standard housing. I prefer the arched housings, but that is personal preference.

With the cost of parts and tools, refinishing equipment and supplies to do this yourself and do it right, won't save you a whole lot of money, and you will void the warranty. Also if you do mess something up you have no one to blame but yourself, and you may be dropping more cash on second sets of parts. Not trying to discourage you from doing this, just giving you more data to weigh in your decision. I obviously opted to risk it, and bought the BT, the fitting jig, the stones, the new hammer, the hammer and sear fitting jig, the parkerizing kit, and I already had an air compressor, air brush and Norrels Moly Resin for the final baked finish I wanted over the Parkerizing.
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I have, but it's cost prohibitive. $90 to install beavertail, $45 to refinish frame and $60 to ship the gun to them. Plus still need new hammer. For that I can buy all the parts including a Novak rear sight.
you could probably save a bit on the shipping if you have a gun dealer do it for you. they can send pistols flat rate through the USPS.. you would have to ship it either with FedEx or UPS.
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Trade it for a RO it is all done with what you want. The Mainspring housing with the lock does take different springs. Got mine from Wolff .
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