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Old 11-28-2008, 06:46 AM   #21
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A few questions please....first though I really love the wittness hole idea and plan to do it to my GI RIA. Now how much did you take off of the regular hammer? I haven't yet been bitten but the sharp line on the grip safety caused a small cut that bled. I assume I can radius the edge some and make that not happen again. What did you use to reblacken the edges and hammer after alteration? I am thinking about the Hogue wraparound grips and a longer adjustable trigger. I find the short trigger too short to make me happy.
I didn't take any off of the regular hammer. It's sitting in my parts bin someplace. The hammer you see is a Commander hammer.

If you've not been bitten by the hammer, don't mess with it as it's fine for you. Some people they get; some they do not. If you must radius it, go slow, shortening it while maintaining all the angles the spur has.

You can indeed radius the grip safety, but take it sloooow - or better yet, buy one at www.e-gunparts.com and radius that one. RIA pistols seem to have worse grip safeties than other brands.

As for rebluing, get some cold blue and follow the directions precisely.

The pistol you're describing sounds a whole lot like the original 1911, as opposed to the 1911a1. Why not just take off the parts that you don't want, put them in a parts bin, and buy what you do want?

Here's an original 1911 long trigger, hammer and thumb safety:
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=116978551

They usually have pre-a1 grip safeties on there as well, but I do not currently see one.

You already have a flat MSH (the 1911a1 has a curved MSH).

This is an original 1911 as JMB designed it:
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=117185868

See how the grip safety blends with the tang? That keeps the thing from sticking out and biting you.

With all that said, I urge you to find a book or two on the subject before making any alterations whatsoever. These parts do NOT just drop in and all need to be fitted.

Find a gunsmith familiar with the 1911 and consult him before attempting any work. The information I provided is for educational purposes only.

These folks may be able to help you out further:

http://forum.m1911.org/forumdisplay.php?f=58

One of the people I was talking with in my last thread over there was Dave Berryhill. Maybe you've heard of him?

I don't want to see any uninformed alterations done to your pistol as it could sour you on the experience, and potentially cost a lot of money. There is a lot of reading material at that site as well - it's an online magazine.

As Matt said, "Tinkering is fine; that's how we learn." An educated tinkerer is a much happier tinkerer than is an uninformed tinkerer!

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ahhhhh... an "I love my RIA" thread!!! I'm all in!

It's a GREAT gun, and I got my GI version more than a few years back for $299. GREAT gun!!! I wish I had bought two at that price...

The only issue I ever had was a bag of crappy reloads that would jam the thing up bad. Other than that, it shoots fine, and accurate.
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Just got an RIA today. I'm completely stoked about it too (first 1911 I've owned)!!!!!!

So far, my first impressions are very nice. It seems to work fine with other 1911 manufacturer's mags.

I haven't taken it out to the range, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be pleased with it.
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Just picked up a RIA Compact. Looking forward to shooting it.
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I had one for awhile about a year ago and in some kind of brain fog decided I needed to get rid of it and buy a Glock.

The Glock is gone now and I'm pricing a new RIA.

Damn good gun for the money...............
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I am off topic here but I am looking for a little guidance. I have a guy that wants to sell me a Federal Ordinance 1911 military version. I like the gun but am not sure what it is worth. Could you help me or direct me to a site that can help me.


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I am off topic here but I am looking for a little guidance. I have a guy that wants to sell me a Federal Ordinance 1911 military version. I like the gun but am not sure what it is worth. Could you help me or direct me to a site that can help me.


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OK, I'm new here, but I'll jump on the RIA bandwagon. Got my first (hopefully not my last) RIA CS model and I love it. Looks great, shoots 100% of everything I have put through it, and is small enough for ccw, and won't break the bank or the credit card
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OK, I'm new here, but I'll jump on the RIA bandwagon. Got my first (hopefully not my last) RIA CS model and I love it. Looks great, shoots 100% of everything I have put through it, and is small enough for ccw, and won't break the bank or the credit card
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Welcome to the Forum Dadoo - Nice looking 1911 you got there. Where's the range report and test targets for us to drool over??

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