Drop in 1911 parts/question for 1911 Tuner


High Planes Drifter
December 11, 2006, 03:24 PM
I want to completely rebuild my Kimber 5" Classic, I am planning on replacing all parts except frame and slide with parts from either Baer, Wilson, or Ed Brown. I need advise on where I should buy from. Who makes the better drop in parts? Does one of them make a certain part noticeably better (maybe Ed Brown extractor) ? Or is this one of those situations where I really cant make a bad choice?

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December 11, 2006, 05:50 PM
Drop in parts...Drop in parts...

Sorry. Can't locate the database on that term. Must be non-existent.

Wilson Bulletproof extractors are good...but they usually require some fitting and/or modification to work to optimum.

The same brand slidestop is second to none, and made of machined steel...but they're pricey and usually require a little tweak here and there.

Colt sear springs are pretty much good to go...usually.

Colt plunger assemblies are good to go. They even have the correct dogleg kink in the springs.

MGW Drop-in barrel bushings are pretty good...but usually require a little fitting to the slide bore.

Brown hardcore firing pins usually drop in. Same with all springs, unless your pistol is shorter than the standard 5-inch...and then recoil springs may require trimming to prevent coil bind. Some recoil systems are proprietary.

Recoil spring plugs usually drop in and work. Not all recoil spring guide rods do, unless you stay away from the full-length variety...and sometimes even the stub type require attention.

Pins usually work.

Mainspring housings drop in most of the time...but not always. Grip safeties and thumb safeties usually require some attention. Aftermarket triggers are oversized and require fitting.

Sears, hammers, and disconnect almost always require at least some fitting...most require a lot, if you don't want any unpleasant surprises of the full auto variety.

Barrels marketed as drop-in usually do...but they may not last long...depending on upper lug engagement...or provide sterling accuracy.
Some may go on forever and some may self-destruct within a few hundred rounds. Seen it go both ways.

See the trend here? You can hope that a given part will drop in and work...but it's best not to count on it.

Luck to ya!

Old Fuff
December 11, 2006, 05:59 PM
I'm not Tuner, and I don't play him on television either... :evil:

But anyway, when it comes to core lockwork, the 1911 platform isn't exactly a "drop in" sort of pistol. The later USGI pistols were made so that parts from any contractor would interchange between guns, including barrels, slides and most of the lockwork. However when an arsenal rebuild was done, so was some fitting and adjustments.

Your Kimber, for better or worse, is a tighter gun, and less likely to accept parts on a drop-in basis. Most so-called drop-in parts are fitted to a particular fixture, frame or slide, and if your gun is EXACTLY the same they might actually drop in. Otherwise no.

Now that I've explained this I'll let Tuner make his own recomendations...

High Planes Drifter
December 11, 2006, 06:36 PM
Well, Im glad I found that out before I ordered anything. It seems as tho this isnt a project I want to tackle myself. Thanks

December 11, 2006, 10:33 PM

Take the easy way out.

Send the following to Tuner:

Full box of moonpies

Your Kimber

Around $2,000 in legal tender of some kind

All will live happily ever after.

December 11, 2006, 10:41 PM
Or you could send your pistol, no moonpies and (a lot) less cash to C.C.A. and let Shannon and Bob put your dreams into reality.

December 12, 2006, 05:08 AM
To overhaul a Kimber usin' drop-in parts? Hey! I'll do it for the moonpies if ya throw in a 6-pack of Canada Dry ginger ale!:D

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