My 1911 Retro Mod (7 Pics)

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by OldHack, May 5, 2012.

  1. OldHack

    OldHack New Member

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    It's been many years since I sold my 4 digit commercial Colt 1911 to "upgrade", about as many years as I've been remorseful. I've since consoled myself with various modern high grade offerings but recently while browsing around I came across some pics of "Wild Bunch" rigs with WWI 1911 pattern pistols in them and the bees have since been buzzing in my bonnet like a minigun. Now there are a couple of beautiful replicas out there by Cylinder & Slide and Colt but with the price and scarcity of these and authentic 1911's and the accompanying reluctance to shoot one regularly, I decided to take a different approach.

    I've always looked at Norincos as being the "truest" to the GI pattern, not only in specs, but also in their toughness and ability to function reliably and accurately in adverse conditions. Not too tight and not so pretty as to cry if it gets dropped in gravel. And over time they just get smoother and nicer to handle. So I figured my best success with drop in parts would be with a Nork.

    Thus began what I've discovered to be a somewhat elusive search for all the bits and pieces I would need for this ersatz 1911 pattern pistol. Some I had accumulated and others came from helpful and sympathetic 1911 addicts. So on with the pics:

    This well-worn Nork 1911A1 that arrived today would fit the bill perfectly. The slide is ready for its 3rd bluing which of course it will not be getting:

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    Aside from the Pachmayrs, it appeared to be stock.

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    Here is the (never ending) parts accumulation. I decided to throw a Series 70 barrel into it to at least add some authentic Colt flavor besides the vintage grips. That flat MSH had the lanyard loop ground down flush at some point, and getting the remaining stubs out to reinstall one was a (kitchen table) project in itself.

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    So this is what I was able to assemble today. I faked the two tone mag.

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    I intend to do a little reshaping of the sights but that can wait for now. Norinco dovetails are non standard. Removing the rear sight and cutting a new dovetail is not for the faint of heart:

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    I'm sure some people will not understand this undertaking whatsoever! haha!

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    I hope to update this soon when the Wild Bunch rig arrives.

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  2. canebrake

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    I am impressed!

    ** mad respect **

    You have kindled a fire in me for a similar project.

    .....excuse me, I'm on a mission.
     

  3. Werminator

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    I like it. I often find myself drooling over the new and shiny 1911s but wont spend the money because they are too pretty to shoot! This one looks like a workhorse in the best of ways...
     
  4. trip286

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    This is almost exactly what I'm planning. Please keep us posted.
     
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  6. OldHack

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    Thank you kind sirs; I'm not worthy! Thanks for validating my obsession and I expect pics! :)
     
  7. Gloves

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    Great work and thanks for the pics.
     
  8. OldHack

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    Here's another shot that didn't upload last time:

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    Still waiting on the rig...
     
  9. CharlieWhiskey261

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    thats awesome. I'm a huge fan of the old school stuff and you deserve a hand shake.
     
  10. canebrake

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    Oh yea, holding back the good stuff! Probably what you do with your liquor cabinet. :p
     
  11. OldHack

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    haha! yeah, that and the cigars! Anyways, the rig came in today and I took it off long enough to take some pics. Don't we all just love playing guns? lol

    I finished up the rear sight as well:

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    The rig has a retention strap. Helps when I'm galloping across the prairie. :)

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    And here is the whole manifestation:

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    By no means has the obsession ended. I'm now in the process of putting together a "new" looking 1911.

    ok, I've shown you mine, now I want to see yours! ;)

    Cheers,

    OH
     
  12. canebrake

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    That's outstanding!

    ** mad envy **
     
  13. OldHack

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    Thanks very much, and you sir are welcome to my "good stuff" any time!! :D
     
  14. Jake15

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    That's awesome, but i've always heard that the original 1911s were painful to shoot without a glove, haven't had the chance to try it out myself so I really want to know how it shoots?
     
  15. OldHack

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    I haven't had this girl out yet but I used to shoot my original 1911 regularly at the bullseye club. (single unsupported hand) Always seemed pretty comfy to me :) I think having a really strong grip keeps them from behaving badly. (the guns I mean).

    Maybe you're referring to the infamous "hammer bite". It seems to only affect a smaller percentage of shooters and you should be able to tell by gripping an unloaded 1911 with the hammer back to see where the flesh could get pinched by the hammer as it is cocked. Personally, never been bit.
     
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  16. Jake15

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    Okay thanks, I've always wondered about that
     
  17. trip286

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    Anyone interested in a build similar to this like I am? Ebay: 1911 parts kits. A bunch of unmarked parts, maker, but they're of the classic styling. Kits minus frame
     
  18. sputnik1988

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    Trip, you are awesome. Thank you. :D
     
  19. sputnik1988

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    There's none on there anymore. :(