Performance upgrades for a SA Mil-Spec?


January 21, 2005, 06:40 PM
So what's the number one performance upgrade for a Mil-Spec? Perhaps trigger work? I'm not talking about reliability or usability and I think I’m happy with the sights.

-jason m

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R.H. Lee
January 21, 2005, 06:43 PM
I'm very interested in the reponses. The only mods I've made to my milspec so far are a flat msh and long trigger, but plan to replace all the MIM parts.

January 23, 2005, 01:58 AM
I'm surprised this question doesn't have a simple answer...


-jason m

January 23, 2005, 02:15 AM
I'm thinking that a good concealment holster and a case or two of good practice ammunition + range time would be my first investments.

January 23, 2005, 10:12 AM
Since you're not talking about reliability and usability and you're happy with the sights, then I agree that a holster, lots of ammo, and range time is the best upgrade going.

January 23, 2005, 11:22 AM
Before you go fixing the gun, does it have any problems that need fixing?

January 23, 2005, 02:37 PM
Oh, I've been going to the range twice a week since I got it. It's just my nature to want to modify and tweak things.

-jason m

January 23, 2005, 03:10 PM
The first thing to go on mine were the OEM plastic grips. A nice set of grips changes the entire image and feel of the gun. After that, I'd go for a trigger/action job, done right with high quality replacement parts, such as offered by Ed Brown Products.

Jim Watson
January 23, 2005, 05:22 PM
It does have a simple answer. As Jeff Cooper said, a pistol needs sights you can see, a trigger you can control, and the removal of sharp edges that make handling it uncomfortable. I include a beavertail grip safety in that last.

Of course he assumed you got a gun reliable in operation and with enough power and accuracy for your basic needs in the first place.

January 23, 2005, 05:48 PM
Actually, after shooting a little over 100 rounds through it yesterday the bottom part of where my finger squeezes the trigger started getting a little raw. The trigger is under the first joint in my finger. Am I holding it wrong, is it the trigger or do I just need to stop being such a pansy?

Everything else about the gun is ergonomic.

I ordered some nice wood grips last week. Should look great.

-jason m

January 24, 2005, 06:43 AM
I always place the pad (finger print area) of my finger on the face of the trigger and make sure that the rest of my finger is held away from the receiver. I find that this gives me more control and feel for the trigger.

January 24, 2005, 09:07 AM
That makes more sense to me. I'll give that a try tomorrow.

-jason m

January 24, 2005, 09:36 AM
So far I replaced my Titanium firing pin and extra power firing pin spring with a more original setup. I also changed out the mainspring, mainspring cap, mainspring retainer pin, and the mainspring cap pin. I used a Wolff mainspring, Wilson bullet proof firing pin, and the rest of the parts are all Colt factory parts. I also ordered a Wolff 16 lbs. recoil spring but I ended up with a 10 lbs. spring. So I'm still waiting on the 16 lbs. Next is going to be grips, a Kings grip safety, Wide spur hammer, and matching sear and disconnect.

BTW, mine is a GI model.


January 24, 2005, 10:55 AM
Mine has an S&A .220 radius grip safety, a commander style hammer (to work with the safety), Gunner Grips from simmonich knives, grip tape on the front strap, and a flat mainspring housing.

Yesterday I installed the Yost-Bonitz retro rear sight. It is a great improvement over the factory sight. I also just won an ebay auction for a tritium front sight. I'll check it's height and install it if it's right. Other than those mods, I'm giving the whole pistol a deburing (back and front of the slide, the grip safety, etc...

When I'm done playing with it, it's getting covered with KG gun-kote.

Of all these improvements, the best has been the rear sight. It really is a great improvement. The grips would have to be second and the grip safety and flat mainspring housing third.

Have fun with yours. They're easy to dump $$$ into.


January 24, 2005, 01:15 PM
I agree with Seraph... shoot it for a while first.

When it came new, my Parkerized Mil-Spec had those same truly awful black checkered plastic grips as yours . Since than I have only shot it to smooth the trigger and action. "Shooting is the best gunsmith", some will tell you.

I may change out the firing pin/spring and some MIM parts (slide stop, pins, etc.). But I did get rid of the horrible grips. I switch between some very nice bloodwood grips from our very own Silent One, and these corian affairs, which fit in my tight new holster a little better. side high 4 web.jpg side low web.jpg angle front right web.jpg

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