my newest pistol...

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by trustkill676, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. trustkill676

    trustkill676 New Member

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    a used springfield champion!

    -just picked it up from a local dealer last thursday and i am pretty excited about it... it is the first more "bare-bones" GI style 1911 i have owned and i am looking to make it into a decent project pistol.

    -now i dont have anything close to a decent digital camera and my cellphone cam doesnt come anything close to doing this pistol justice, so i will just try and describe it... it isnt the newest edition of springfield 1911 champion pistols at all. it is an all steel frame (not LW at all). it has an arched mainspring housing, the short military style trigger, and the military style red wood grips. it also has the stort mil-spec thumb safety and the short colt style grip safety. it also has a traditional bushing style barrel and single spring (no bull barrel and dual-capture spring here). really the only part of it that isnt traditional military 1911, is the commander style hammer instead of the spurred model (which is awesome because i dont like getting holes punched in my hand).

    -i have no idea if this is an actual production model from issues past or if it is something that someone put together to this specific set up. nonetheless... it is a beautiful piece of craftmanship and i am proud to have found it. i cant wait to sling some lead through it real soon.
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    An Excellent Choice! Looking forward to a range report...

    JD
     

  3. trustkill676

    trustkill676 New Member

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    yessir! hopefully soon...

    -i will say this... i am torn between doing a bunch of work on this baby and leaving it exactly as it is... having taken it down to clean and inspect it, i think it could make a pretty decent carry piece (although fairly heavy). if i decide to go that direction i need to do a lot to it. beavertail grip safety with bump, ambi-safety (im a lefty shooter), get some of the edges ground smooth, i would want a C&S smooth face trigger put in probably, and most likely some slimmer grips and a flat MSH to make it carry a little thinner. i would probably put a faster ultralite hammer on her as well...

    -cool as it may be to have her built up exactly as i would like her, i sort of like the charm of the basic style, minus the standard safety and sharp edges. so who knows?

    -yeesh... the dilemmas we face!
     
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Shoot it!

    Any gun I get new or new to me gets at minimum 500 rds down range looking for issues.

    You may find things you like about the ole' girl just as she is, and you will find anything that must be fixed.

    You saw something positive causing you to purchase this gun. Give her the chance to prove that you were right. ;)
     
  5. trustkill676

    trustkill676 New Member

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    yes exactly... i went to the store that day specifically to find either an SKS or a decent budget 1911 that i can just sling lead through without having to worry about spending thousands of dollars on. lo and behold i ran across this great deal. paid 460 for her... regardless, i am already happy besides the fact that i havent had the time to wring her in yet...
     
  6. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    Congratulations! Post a range report and some pics.

    I wouldn't worry about modifying the gun right now, shoot it for a while and see how she runs. If there's something wrong with 1911's it's that there are just too many aftermarket parts and options for them. :)
     
  7. AsmelEduardo

    AsmelEduardo New Member

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    Enjoy it!

    Enjoy it! and we'll waiting the pics any soon!
    :D
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'm with Canebrake on this one, shoot it for a while as is. And congratulations.
     
  9. Sarge43

    Sarge43 New Member

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    I had a stainless Champion for years and loved it. Never had any problems with it at all. Only mod I can remember doing to it was a new beavertail grip safety and an STI style carbon trigger. Congrats and good luck with her!
    Sarge
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Hey Sarge, how about posting some of your eye candy here on this site? ;)

    I'm sure if you start a thread in Vendor Display (maybe titled, grip eye candy or Exotic Wood Grips) everyone here would enjoy your artisanship.
     
  11. Sarge43

    Sarge43 New Member

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    I would love too. I need to take a look at the how's and wherefore's of that. ;)
    Thanks!
    Sarge
     
  12. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    JD, Mods can you help Sarge43 with his how to.

    He has an eye candy thread over on another forum that's great.

    He makes some killer stocks for our 1911s!

    Cane
     
  13. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Sure, but what is the question?

    We would PREFER not to directly hot link to another site, because of bandwidth issues for them, not us, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. :rolleyes:

    The other way is to take the photos you have and host them on Photobucket or one of those sites, then post the URL's they give you into your post/thread. If you are brand new, they have to moderated to keep the amount of SPAM/PR0N we have come through, but just shoot one of us a PM and it will be approved PDQ - then blammo - pictures for all to see....

    PM if you have any problems. I would love to see the work....

    JD