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Old 02-06-2014, 09:03 AM   #1
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Hey all,
What do y'all think the worst common upgrades for 1911s are? Hopefully we can help some newer 1911 owners out. My list is as follows:
1-extended slide stop
2-full length guide rod
3-drop in barrel bushings
I am sure I am forgetting something, but what do y'all think?
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:20 AM   #2
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I have done all of that in some form or another.
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This thread is very timely for me. I have never done anything to modify a 1911, but I have been thinking of buying a cheap one to play around with. I'll be paying close attention to the suggestions and warnings. Thanks.
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Polish the feed ramp for fun and giggles.
Buy non-quality magazines (being cheap).
Play with the hammer and sear in hoping to reduce trigger pull without proper tools.
Get a cheap holster.
Change the springs to a lighter load than designed.
Play with the sear spring.

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Polish the feed ramp for fun and giggles.
Buy non-quality magazines (being cheap).
Play with the hammer and sear in hoping to reduce trigger pull without proper tools.
Get a cheap holster.
Change the springs to a lighter load than designed.
Play with the sear spring.

(Every sentence can have the word "Don't" in front of it.)
Jeeze. Can I change the grips? <grin>

Seriously, except on S&W revolvers I tend to leave the trigger groups alone, and I never mess with the sear. My thoughts on my little project were to do mods to help reliability, and in many cases pay a gunsmith for the work. I want to try taking a Hunk-O-Junk and making it a dependable shooter. I want to plan the work, but let someone more skilled than I am work the plan. Would it be a waste of time on my part?
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Polish the feed ramp for fun and giggles.
Buy non-quality magazines (being cheap).
Play with the hammer and sear in hoping to reduce trigger pull without proper tools.
Get a cheap holster.
Change the springs to a lighter load than designed.
Play with the sear spring.

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With one caveat, I have some Triple K mags for range use, I have not done any of Dan's no no's. But I also have some Tripp Cobras for TEOTWAWKI.
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Barrel bushing compensators.
Drop in beavertails. (I hate all of the big gaps)

On sears: I was afraid to mess with them until I watched my gunsmith do a couple sear and hammer fittings. WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS it isn't hard to get a crisp trigger. A proper jig, and stone set is a must.
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Extractor should be high on the list of improvements you would want done.
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Ghastly grips are a pet peeve of mine.

Especially the smooth grip, "I think I'm Cobra",

off color ones...
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I knew I forgot one, adjustable sights(on anything but a target gun).
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