College Student 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Ruzai, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Ruzai

    Ruzai New Member

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    I figured I'd post my pride and joy. Yes, I know its a Taurus, but this isnt a bad pistol as long as you know how to fix the little kinks in it. I liked the whole duo-tone look as its both display worthy but can handle the riggors of being a 1911.
    Of course this is in 45acp, I put custom laser etched "Punisher" AlumaGrips grips on it that I ordered from GunGrips.net. I have a seperate pair waiting on my next 1911 as well. I have a set of Novak Wide-Notch fiber optic sights (green front pipe and red back pipes) to help my eyes be drawn to the front sight. I'll be needing a new barrel before long, especially once I start reloading for it a whole lot this next few weeks. I polished the barrel and trigger but it didnt seem to do much good as its very rough steel on both, I'd like to get smoother metal on both. The trigger has pits in it from how rough the metal is cut out from the factory, it'll be the next to go on the gun. I shaved off the end of the ambi-safety due to it interfereing with the grip. The grip on the right side is cut for an ambi and worked but the lever wouldnt completely engage and that didnt sit well with me really.
    I put a Wilson Combat mag-well on for faster reload and the grips were cut out for that as well. As for my magazines I'm using 4 Chip McCormick Power-10s that I had to modify the butt-plate for the mag-well and two Wilson Combat 8 rounders.
    All-together its a pretty sweet setup for an aspiring shooter and reloader like myself on a college student's budget. I can put bullet to paper and steel 10x10 targets at 25 yards more than 60% of the time with it depending on my form that day. Not bad for someone classified as "legally blind" by the gov'ment. :D

    In the box. Custom cut the foam for plenty of mags. 56 rounds in the box total
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  2. NGIB

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    A nice setup. Are you having any problems with the 10 round CMCs? One of our local guys went to them for the pin shoots (looking for any advantage) and he had nothing but trouble with them...
     

  3. Ruzai

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    Nope, I've had zero problems with them. Course, once I get any new mags I take them apart and clean and oil them with Rem-Oil and replace them the way they came. I dont exactly like the follower but I can live them with them, but I hear people have problems with them since they like to wobble all over the place. He might want to switch the orientation of the springs, sometimes those little things can have an affect on the larger mags from what I hear. But if I had to guess it'd be the cheap follower.
     
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  5. lonyaeger

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    My first 1911 was a PT1911 and I loved it. You don't have to apologize for it, never think that! Enjoy it!
     
  6. junho806

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    from one college student to another a 1911 is still a 1911...
    and that low interest rates on those student loans aren't too bad
    :D
    nice grips btw
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  7. canebrake

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    He's smiling! (Well maybe on the inside!)
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    It's a good looking set up. If you're happy with it, that's all that matters. After all, it is a 1911. :D
     
  9. Ruzai

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    Seeing as how I wont be selling it, I'll continue to update it to my liking.
    I was wondering if any of you might have a good recommendation for a match-grade barrel?
    I was also thinking of putting in a new recoil spring system to help reduce recoil and help with follow up shots, what do you guys/gals think?
     
  10. colmustard

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    nice 1911! my first was a pt1911 also, and i have over a thousand rounds through it, and still no probloms, its the .45 i shoot the most and is still fun! Enjoy it and shoot it...(they tend to like it!) LOL:D
     
  11. Uchahi

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    very nice setup.
     
  12. mesinge2

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    You have contracted 1911itis from an addictive gun.

    First comes the 1911, then comes the 1911 accessories (arched mainspring housings, match grade barrels, caliber conversions, compensators, magwells, and on, and on).


    Currently my disease has me craving a 460 Rowland conversion.
     
  13. lonyaeger

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    Really nice looking pistol and the Alumagrips really set it off. I love Alumagrips and have them on two of my 1911s.
     
  14. Dillinger

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    Where are you a "college student"? Yale? Harvard? LOL

    I know plenty of "working guys" that would like to have a set up like that.

    Very nice. Very nice indeed. :p

    As for adding the infamous "match grade barrel". I think several of the shooters here will back me up on this:

    First off, a "Match Grade Barrel" for your 1911 is probably not going to be a drop in piece. It's going to require some custom fitting by a someone who knows what they are doing. That might be you. It might be a gunsmith.

    Secondly, by the time you shoot that barrel out to get to a point where your shooting would warrant a "Match Grade Barrel" you are going to be so deadly with it, you won't really need it. ;)

    In a short arm, like the 5" barrel, having Match Grade stamped on the barrel is nice, it probably adds some confidence to the shooter in a mental aspect, but to REALLY get the benefit out of the tighter tolerances, you would have to be a regular shooter putting thousands of rounds down range a month.

    I would save your money for your next 1911. As it was mentioned, they have a habit of multiplying on you. :D

    JD
     
  15. DrumJunkie

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    A lot of people don't like the PT1911. I have bought two and liked them both. Depending how you are wanting to use that pistol you might not need a barrel change. They do use the standard link and pin but the lock up is tight. I get 3" and under groups at 25 yards all day long with both reloads and commercial ammo. A good gunsmith and do a trigger job to it and it should be fine there too really. The glaring needs to me seemed more to be the barrel bushing and maybe the sights being a lot of people don't like the Straight 8 sights they come with. I personally like them a lot but most the people I shoot with like a three dot set up more.The type of ambi safety in them I'm not as big a fan of. I've seen a couple of them try to pull out. Mine didn't do it but I've sen it on others. I changed my recoil spring from the factory 16 to a 20#.

    But the way I see it for what you're putting into one you are getting a right fine weapon. I have paid more for a 1911 that would not shoot as well.

    How many rounds you have through it so far?
     
  16. doctherock

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    Shes a beauty, really like the punisher grips as well.
     
  17. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    IMHO, I would not change anything for the sake of change. Break it in good, clean it regularly, change springs, and practice, practice, practice.

    I have a SA 1911a1 with the factory barrel that I bought in the early 1980's (used in competition shooting) that still shoots better than me when put in a gun rest. And that is with over 15,000 rounds through it. When I do my part, I can put 4 out of 5 touching each other at 15 yards.
     
  18. Ruzai

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    I appreciate the feed-back.
    I definetly have 1911itis... Not to the converstion kit yet, unless its a 22lr for practice.
    The Aluma-Grips are probably the most expensive thing I've added so far, I really wanted the custom look without the "custom" price-tag and they really do the trick. Since the grips are laser-etched into the metal grips, I'll wear out before the design or the grips do :D

    I keep a count on the back of an ammo box-top I keep with the gun, each time I shoot 50 or 100 I just put "+50" or "+100". When I run out of room I use a new with the count from the last one. I learned the trick from the woman that runs the gun-range just out of town. So far I've got about 5,000 rounds through this one, all of it mixed factory ammo over the whole time I've had the gun. I'm sure that'll jump up significantly this summer when I reload till my arm falls off.
    I'm far from Yale material in my opinion JD, but thanks for the vote of confidence :D My love for guns made me manage my money under a tight-wire. Unfortunately the wire has moved down so I havent had much to put into my guns themselves, but I switched my focus to the reloading setup so I can put more bullets to paper this summer.

    The reason I asked about a match-grade barrel is just to see what manufacturer might be better than others in everyone's opinion. I probably wont actually be ready to buy one until I actually need a new barrel for the gun. Figure if I have to replace it, may as well replace it with an upgrade, right? I merely want the recommendations waiting in the wing for when I do have the chance to get ahold of a new barrel.
    I do worry about a couple of visible gouges in the barrel just short of the crown of the barrel but it doesnt seem to be affecting accuracy yet. One actually goes completely through one of the lands of the barrel in the opposite direction of its spin and is the most visible.
    My ambi-safety has tried to back out but after I finish a few mags I check it and its only moved slightly once or twice the whole time I've had the pistol.

    I like the fiber-optic sights, these Novak ones hold up pretty well, I've only had to replace the front FO rod because the front bulb that holds it in was smashed by the bushing tool. Since then, I've learned how to get passed using the bushing tool. I havent used the straight-8 sights but I like the concept, it seems like they'd be really good quick-acquisition sights for when you're on the move. The 3-dot sight style is what mine came with, so its what I'm most accustomed to.
     
  19. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Approx 5,000 rounds is the time to consider swapping recoil spring.
     
  20. Ruzai

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    I'm using a buffer on the guide rod, not sure if that helps with spring life but got it because it looked like it would keep the frame from being battered too much and shorten up the spring a little making it a tad heavier.
    This is my second spring, switched at 3,000 just to be safe.