Do I need any upgrades?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by user4, May 30, 2009.

  1. user4

    user4 New Member

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    My new baby is a Colt Combat Elite. It's a limited-production Government model with a stainless frame, blued slide, and special rollmark. It has a lowered and flared ejection port, Gold Cup style front strap serrations, a beveled mag well, and 3-dot sights all standard from the factory. It also has a fitted Wilson Combat barrel bushing.

    Question: What else should be done? Trigger breaks like glass. Bad guys will feel lucky getting shot with this.:D
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    A Range Report would go a long ways towards answering this question. :D

    Congrats on the purchase! I think you find that you will never go back to another platform.

    You have officially been warned. :D

    JD
     

  3. user4

    user4 New Member

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    I've been dreaming about this gun every day since I found it, and now that I have it, it's even better than I could imagine! If finding ammo wasn't such a bitch, I'd have that range report for ya tomorrow. Don't want to drop below 500 rounds.
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I got a spare .45 caliber Rovatec indoor training round for you if you are interested. You can practice all damn day, for about a year, for the price of one hearing aid battery. :D

    Okay, so range time is a problem, but where the hell are my pictures of the new pride and joy??

    Congrats on the bump up too - you definitely are one of my favorite members. :p

    JD
     
  5. falseharmonix

    falseharmonix New Member

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    Do I sense a little man-crush, JD? :eek:
     
  6. user4

    user4 New Member

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    Do tell?

    I appreciate the kind words. I probably would not have stuck around if not for you and BKT. Class acts. I gravitate to smart people.

    Here's the little lady :D

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  7. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    No more than usual... :D
     
  8. Dillinger

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    Ineff - That is a good looking piece of kit.

    If it were mine? I would change out those rubber grips for something less likely to snag on clothing.

    I would also look at getting an extended safety on there as that one is a little short compared to what I am used too on my carry weapon.

    I would check and see if you can do a mag charging action by using the rear slide against your pants leg or your boot. This is a one arm, wounded drill that I perform with every one of my carry weapons.

    If you can't charge it with one hand, you need to figure out a way to do so, or it's not viable for carry, IMO.

    Other than that, it's one hell of a nice piece and I look forward to your first range report. :D

    This is the Rovatec training "Bullite" - It goes in the chamber, just like a live round, you pull back the hammer and point the weapon towards any reflective surface. When you pull the trigger, the firing pin hits the surface of the "Bullite" and it causes a burst of red light to be sent out the barrel in the same line as a bullet would go. There is a reflective training response that is triggered in the brain to cause your muscle memory to make adjustments to "hit your target".

    This product was designed in Israel by a computer company to cut down on training costs.

    I love mine and use it, probably, once or twice a week as dry fire practice and it has paid for itself several times over.
     

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  9. matt g

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    If it hasn't already been done, you'll want to lower and polish the feed ramp. It'll help her run hollow points more reliably. You've still got a lot of room to lower and flare the ejection port a little more. A lot of Colt guys are surprised when they see the size and flare on the Kimbers.

    I'd get a high ride beaver tail and a full size safety as well. The high ride beaver tails allow your wrist bones to ride in line with the barrel. They allow for more control and much improved pointability. On top of that, you'll never run the risk of catching the webbing of your hand in between the hammer or slide and the frame. The full size safety will allow more platform for your thumb to ride on. Massad Ayoob preaches using the safety as a platform for the strong hand's thumb, then the weak thumb rides on the slide release.
     
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  10. user4

    user4 New Member

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    Most useful information, Matt. Good call about the safety..and while I'm at it, a longer slide release lever is in order. I can't release the slide with one hand like I can with most other hand guns I've owned.
     
  11. canebrake

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    DO NOT change a thing until you run 500 rounds down range! In that 500 rounds half should be HPs and 50 min should be hot load +Ps.

    If there is an issue, and you have made a change, is it a gun problem or your change?

    If the trigger feels good don't f*** with it!!

    If you can, measure the extractor pressure. Record it and this will establish a base line if it ejects spent casings ~6'.

    If the gun is feeding and ejecting well, don't f*** with either the extractor or ejector!

    Here's how I would break in any new (to me) gun:

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/1911-mags-11991/#post84096

    If you are having no FTF issues DO NOT touch the feed ramp! Even if it has tooling marks but it still feeds, don't f*** with it!

    If you are having no FTE issues DO NOT touch the ejection port! If it needs work it will bear brass witness marks. Besides a change here will require refinishing.

    IMHO I would not touch the slide stop. This is a critical member of the fire control system and can be fatal if it fails to lock the slide open when the mag is empty. One handed slide release is a skill that comes easy with rounds down range. The bigger it is, the more chance it has to malfunction. If you do go with a new slide stop, get a forged or tool steel billet replacement. A new stop will need tuning to insure proper interface with the mag follower.

    The only reason to swap out the thumb safety is if you are a lefty. Then a change to an ambidextrous safety would be in order. If you are a right strong side shooter don't f*** with it!

    Both slide stop and thumb safety are a functional part of the 1911's fire control system and NOT a rest for a pair of lazy thumbs!

    If you are anything but absolutely comfortable with the above changes have a gunsmith do the work. Each one requires fitting and tuning. There is no such thing as a "drop in" part.

    One thing I would change is the mag release. Depending on what stocks you go with the mag release can be difficult to get to if your sphincter is puckering!

    You have two choices other than the OEM release. Tactical Magazine Release (~ 1/16" longer and won't snag on clothing during carry) or Extended Magazine Release. (usually longer and with a large button for competitive shooting)

    You will not need the entire mag release assembly, just the button end, the spring and lock will interchange.

    Shoot the dam thing and enjoy what Colt has built! If after giving her a chance and find something needing improvement in your eye, then you can buy her a new set of tits or a face lift.

    Outstanding Colt Ineff! Welcome to the fraternity! [​IMG]