Getting ready to buy my first 1911 in a couple weeks

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by g17frantz, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    Hey guys. As the thread says...gonna be buying my first 1911. I'm very excited. I'm buying the springfield
    G.I. 5" barrel, parkerized. This is the 1911 I've always wanted. Plain, black and beautiful. I don't need any bling on it. So....some questions. I'm a Glock nut, I've done a bunch of stuff to my G17 and its all been super easy, how is it for a 1911? The only thing ill probably do later on is get a skelotonized hammer and trigger. How hard is it to do that kind of stuff? I'm getting a too good to be true deal on it. My friends dad is getting rid of it to get a Kimber. 500 rounds through it-crimson trace grips and 3 mags for $500!!!! Anyone own one of these beauts and how they stack up to others? Anything special i need to know? Thanks for any advice.
     

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  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    I don't own one, but I own the Mil-Spec 1911a1. It's just like the GI model except without the lanyard loop and a 3 dot sights system, and I love it! It may not be a Colt, but it's pretty darn close to it ;).
     

  3. ZombieKiller83

    ZombieKiller83 New Member

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    Looks like a great choice and a smoking deal! I can't speak from experience but i have looked into it a lil and it sounds like modding a 1911 takes a bit more "finesse" then other guns but doesn't sound too terribly difficult either. I'd personally leave it as is though but that's just my opinion, have fun!
     
  4. canebrake

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    I would be honored to assist you in your 1911 mods. The changes you listed can be done with a modicum of mechanical common-sense and little help from your friends. (Those of us that have been there, got the t-shirt.) The only thing that may require a gunsmith is the new hammer to sear tuning.

    My first request is that you get ~500 rounds of WWB 230gr ball ammo from Wally-World and don't do a thing to the gun until the ammo is spent. This will give you and your new gun to get to know each other and for you to compare the 1911 pattern pistol to the glock. Once you have 500 1911 single action trigger pulls under your belt you may never go back! :p Don't worry, 500 rounds can be expended in record time compared to the time it takes to complete the trigger take-up with the glock. :eek:

    I look forward to your transition into the wonderful world of John Moses Browning.
     
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  5. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

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    Hey frantz, it's not a do it yourself thing. I have a colt government and bought a Wilson beavertail and hammer, took the gun apart and realized they didn't fit. Put all back together and took it to a gunsmith. Drop in parts doesn't always mean drop in parts. Just a few simple mods shouldn't cost too much and won't mess up the appearance. Don't "kitchen gunsmith" it, you'll regret it. My best friend took a dremel to his Colt officers, and now he regrets it. He was young and knew it all, now he is wiser leaves his dremel alone.
     
  6. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

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    Oh yeah, good buy tho. It's a springer, my opinion you got a better deal than your friends dad.
     
  7. EMTchad

    EMTchad New Member

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    I have a springer 1911 loaded parkerized. It's like the GI with custom parts that I would have wanted to do myself basically. And MAN it's so awesome... Ur going to fall in love with it.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I have to agree with everyone above.
    Like Cane says, shoot it to become familiar with it.

    There are a lot of things that can be done to a 1911 to make it "Your" 1911, but you have to know what needs to be changed.

    (I also heard that if you put 2 1911's in a safe together, somehow a family of 1911's develop over time.)
     
  9. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    Oh God if that was only true! Hahaha. To be honest w/you I'd probably just end up putting a skelotonized trigger on it and not the hammer. And I will be definitely shooting the stuffing out of it.
    Any maintenence issues I need to know? Like how often springs need replaced etc etc? I am anal about maintaining my firearms and they get cleaned religiously so that's not an issue.
     
  10. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

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    Sorry cane did not mean to over step you sir. I'd like hear about the trigger swap
     
  11. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Welcome to Our World! You'll love the 1911. All I did to my Colt 1991A1 was to add a full length guide rod from Wilson Combat. Not an endorsement, just sayin' that's all I've I've found I needed to do on my gun.
     
  12. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

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    It's true, cause I had 2 Colts that conceived 2 SAs, and now my SAs are try for another SA.
     
  13. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Congratulations on your first 1911!!!!!
     
  14. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

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    I hope my Sigs will give me a Sig 1911 next year.
     
  15. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations on your first 1911. May I ask the reasoning behind installing a skeletonized trigger?
     
  16. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    I just like the way it looks honestly. It would be down the road when I do it. I would just like a black one to match the finish of the gun. Does it effect the trigger pull or anything? I'd like to keep the factory weight
     
  17. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Triggers do have different physical weights. Generally a match trigger is machined better than a stock GI type trigger and that can make a difference in trigger pull.

    Rather than replacing the trigger, think about spending a bit more and having a trigger job done on the existing trigger/action. It will really improve the trigger pull. :cool:
     
  18. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Looks real good, g17frantz! I think Cane's right on, I'd put a lot of rounds downrange before even considering any mods.