What's Your Favorite 1911 & Why?


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Jaenak
December 2, 2007, 05:38 AM
Every now and then I get a random urge to research one particular thing to the hilt, every last detail until I'm satisfied that there's not much more to learn from it. Well, I just recently got the itch to research the 1911 pistols. Springfield Armory has a couple I think are just okay but I like a couple of the Colts better. Taurus has a couple really pretty special edition pistols but I'm afraid if I get something too pretty I'll be afraid to use it and it'll just sit in the display case and be a total waste of money. I also saw some from Ed Brown that I'd absolutely love to have but they cost WAY too much. When it boils down to it, my opinions are formed on very very limited knowledge of 1911's and I really need more info and some other opinions (and explanations for those opinions would be nice).

So, what I'm asking is..."What's Your Favorite 1911 & Why?" Oh, one more thing, is it just me or is the accuracy of the 45ACP round just a little more rebelious than other calibers? I know some people can punch the "X" out of a target almost every time but I find (again, it might just be me and my "skills") that the 45ACP goes where you want it to sometimes but other times it seems hell bent on investigating the cow pasture.

Does anyone have any links to places I can learn more about the 1911's? And where does a person get those titanium parts I keep hearing about, and what about those gold colored parts? Are those just a limited edition pistol only kinda thing or can you buy those parts too?

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DHart
December 2, 2007, 06:13 AM
The 1911forum.com is a good source for info on 1911's. There are definitely some insecure twits for moderators on that forum, but it's a good place to learn from a LOT of wonderful members!

I have quite a number of 1911s I love from Brown, Wilson, Colt, Springfield, Kimber. My favorites?.. easy answer: Colts. Which one? Depends on the day and the use. Series 70 re-issues, XSE Government, bobtailed Commanders, Special Combats, Delta Elite... yikes. Probably the Series 70 re-issue because it is pure and simple classic 1911 nirvana and my custom bobtailed Commanders because they are the best 1911's for carry.

http://www.legendportraits.com/Images/Guns/Ser70_7889.jpg

http://www.legendportraits.com/Images/Guns/Cmdr_NC_1432.jpg

krimmie
December 2, 2007, 06:39 AM
Another good 1911 site is: http://forum.m1911.org/

I'm relatively new to the 1911, and am not loyal to any one manufacturer (yet). I went with the Para Ordnance P14, as I like the .45acp so much, I wanted 14+1 capacity. For me, I like the weight and the feel of steel.
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s274/krimgeo/P1445001Small.jpg

possum
December 2, 2007, 09:48 AM
my favorite 1911 of all time is the mc operator, which is the reason that i own one. i love it for many reasons, nights sights, pacmyer grips are awesome, shoots great, feels great in the hand, it's accurate, and the black and green 2 tone is sexy as heck. has a rail for adding my light, it is solid in the hand.

Rinspeed
December 2, 2007, 09:50 AM
For the money the Baer 1911s are very hard to beat.




http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/Rinspeed/BaerTRS.jpg

Geno
December 2, 2007, 09:58 AM
Some day, some day I will buy a Baer 1911 Monolith Commanche Heavyweight...some day.

http://www.lesbaer.com/mono.html

I handled one at a gun show about two years ago. This pistol had several thousand rounds through it, and still felt brand new, tight. The finish was pretty good, but the fit was unbelievable.

Doc2005

lbglocker
December 2, 2007, 10:07 AM
My favorite 1911 has always been the one that works 100% when I need it but that has never happened so I quit carrying them and have completly commited myself to Glocks and thats what I will grow old with I think.:what:

Chuck R.
December 2, 2007, 10:08 AM
A pair of Baer's:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a5/CFRHunter/X-Mas060937.jpg

For me it's Baer's. Every time I read about how "tight" 1911s aren't reliable they just make me smile. 17K through the 5" and over 7K through the Stinger, and they just get smoother with use.

Chuck

98C5
December 2, 2007, 10:37 AM
I love my Springfield LDA 1911 with night sights. Much lighter than a regular 1911.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b164/VinnyT73/spring.jpg

robctwo
December 2, 2007, 11:02 AM
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/IMG_2786.jpg

Les Baer PII because it's accurate and reliable. Ed Brown Executive Target because it;s accurate, reliable, pretty and costs too much.

I didn't own a 1911 until I'd been lurking on these forums for a few years. Now I own four plus a Ciener .22 conversion.

byf43
December 2, 2007, 11:07 AM
So, what I'm asking is..."What's Your Favorite 1911 & Why?" Oh, one more thing, is it just me or is the accuracy of the 45ACP round just a little more rebelious than other calibers? I know some people can punch the "X" out of a target almost every time but I find (again, it might just be me and my "skills") that the 45ACP goes where you want it to sometimes but other times it seems hell bent on investigating the cow pasture.



I have shot many, many .45 acp 1911 and 1911A1 pistols, in my days of shooting.

While I am NO expert, I have found that these items have a LOT to do with the accuracy of the 1911 series:

• Bushing fit.
If the bushing is loose, the barrel will not be in the same place, from shot to shot. (Groups will tend to look like a shotgun pattern.)

• Barrel link.
The link needs to give the barrel lugs a consistent and constant fit into the slide. Otherwise, the groups will move. (Most likely, vertically.)

• Slide to frame fit.
While some prefer a 'tight' fit, it doesn't 'have to be that tight'.
Side note: I once handled and fired a 1911 built by Bob Chow. At one point in time, he produced the FINEST 1911 pistols that I've ever seen. That pistol 'sang' when it went into battery. That pistol was the absolute most accurate 1911A1 that I have had the pleasure of shooting!
I could have had that pistol for $500. I kick myself in the 'you-know-what' every time I think about it. (I was going through a divorce, and didn't have ANY money!)

• Loads.
Find an accurate load and the .45 acp is one of the most accurate calibers/cartridges on the market.

Lastly, here is a (not-so-great) photo of my beloved (old) Colt Gold Cup NM, along with my Glock G21.
I bought this Gold Cup in 1985. It's had tens of thousands of rounds through it, and it will STILL shoot the X-ring out of the target at 25 yds and 50 yds IF I do my part.
This is one pistol that will NEVER be sold.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/byf43/GoldCupG-21enhanced.jpg

Constantine-p89
December 2, 2007, 11:08 AM
Very nice guns. Mine will be a Rock Island Armory Tactical.

Walkalong
December 2, 2007, 11:59 AM
I have two favorite 1911's.

1. My most accurate 1911, which happens to be an accurized 5" Colt with a Wilson barrel. Blue.

2. A box stock parkerized 5" SA, love that gun.

kamagong
December 2, 2007, 12:22 PM
I only have one 1911 right now, a Kimber Custom II, and I have a LB Concept II and a Springfield Custom Carry on the way. I like my Kimber, and I know the Baer is going to be great, but I just have a feeling the CC will be my favorite. My future wife bought it for me, and just a few months ago she didn't like the idea of me owning guns. Now she's buying me guns as presents! I found a keeper.

The CC is an absolutely great gun, the best buy of the upper end of Springfield's lineup. It has the exact same internals as the Pro, for much less money. The only thing it's missing is a few non-essential extras (to me that is) like night sights, ambi safety, Black-T finish, and extended magwell. Don't want them, so I went for the better deal. Only problem is that it won't arrive for another 6 months.

TRP1
December 2, 2007, 12:47 PM
My Springfield TRP is my Favorate.

mavracer
December 2, 2007, 01:19 PM
of my 1911s, love them all, but the one thats most special to me is my 5" stainless Delta Delite.back in '92 I was layed off (aircraft ain't it great) with a pregnant wife,and my buddie got a sts delta in his gunshop.well Mom offered to buy it if I quit chewing tobacco.I threw my can away and she wrote me a check.the next week I was hired by another aircraft Co. and now I have a beautiful nearly 16 year old daughter who has never seen me chew.

ernunnos
December 2, 2007, 02:53 PM
Dan Wesson, hands down. I like Kimbers and Springfields, but the new Dan Wessons are even tighter, use only the best quality parts, and have a classic, understated style.

steelyblue
December 2, 2007, 03:36 PM
I love my Kimber Eclipse Target II. It was the gun of my dreams and now it is mine. It cycles anything I put into it perfectly, has very tight tolerances, and Lord is it accurate! It is the most accurate gun I've ever shot(far more accurate than me). Everyone that I've let shoot it has not wanted to put it down. It's Kimber for me in 1911's.

CPshooter
December 2, 2007, 03:43 PM
A very nice commander would do it for me. One with a bobtailed aluminum frame would do it better.

A single-sided (non ambi) safety is a must, along with 30lpi (lines per inch) checkering on the front strap, 3-dot night sights, and some thin and attractive grips.

These are some of the best looking 1911s I've ever seen:

http://lundestudio.com/1911s.html#emp

I'm also a big fan of the slightly extended Wilson magazines w/ the small bumper. You can see it on the Wilson CQB at the bottom of that page...very tasteful touch to any nice 1911 IMO.

DMK
December 2, 2007, 03:47 PM
Colt CCO, 4" barreled Commander slide on an alloy Officers frame.

It's light, compact gun that conceals well, carries comfortably, yet balances nicely, shoots easily, and runs reliably. Uses shorter six or seven round mags flush. Will still take standard 7 and 8 round mags, but they stick out a bit.

With the alloy frame and some mim parts it doesn't give me warm fuzzies about long term durability, but functionally, this setup cannot be beat as an all around "do anything" handgun.

http://mysite.verizon.net/dmk0210/myarms/CCO2.jpg

Setzer77
December 2, 2007, 04:54 PM
Hands down the Colt series 70 or S70 repro. Clean lines, blue steel, classic configuration. It is the reason I bought my SA GI and changed a few parts.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c198/Setzer77/S3.jpg

MikePGS
December 2, 2007, 04:58 PM
Today after going to the range with Doc2005, (he kindly let me shoot his 1911's) i'd have to say that Setzer is onto something. The Series 70 seems as if it were molded to your hand, and the trigger is just perfect.

WinchesterAA
December 2, 2007, 05:20 PM
http://www.impactguns.com/store/media/colt_O5870CS.jpg

Don't own one yet, but I want to.. First pistol I ever repeatedly chewed circles out of a target with.

schmeky
December 2, 2007, 05:24 PM
I have owned bunch of 1911's, but this is my favorite:

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j235/schmeky/HPIM0291a.jpg

mljdeckard
December 2, 2007, 05:27 PM
For me, you start with a G.I. 1911A1, and then decide if anything really NEEDS to be changed.

One thing I recommend for all guns which will or might be used for SD is night sights.

Make sure it is able to feed good JHP ammo. (Refer to a gunsmith for throating.)

If you think a G.I trigger is too sloppy, have it upgraded and tuned. If G.I. accuracy isn't good enough for you, get a better barrel, link, and bushing.

I like the arched mainspring housing with a lanyard loop, many don't, but this is easy to switch out.

My Kimber Custom II has a hand-fitted slide, but I don't think this is as important as a good bushing fit.

I like grips that are stable even under bad weather, I use Hogue wrap-around finger grips. (Although, I did fore a Nighthawk Custom with machined aluminum grips that felt very nice indeed.)

I have no use for high-visibility finishes. If you are really just going to use it for plinking or competition, some of the higher-vis finishes have some natural lubricity.

I think the match hammer looks cool, I have no idea if it actually helps me in any way.

I think these kinds of functional mods are good. Cosmetic mods are a frivolity. I can't see any reason to spend $2000 more on a pistol for maybe 1" more of accuracy at 25 yards.

Just don't fall for the "Emperor's new clothes" phenomenon. Just because all the magazines, competition shooters, and stores all seem to like a trend, finish, brand, etc, doesn't mean it's good, and doesn't mean it's what you need. If you handle a basic RIA or Springfield Armory G.I. spec, and it works for you, start there. Don't let anyone tell you you can't STAY there. Save your money for practice ammo. This will do you a lot more good than $2000 worth of mods.

The .45 ACP is inherently a very accurate round. Most agree that the reason for this is that it isn't so fast it's tricky to stabilize, and it's so heavy, that for shorter ranges, it has more inertia, and is harder to foul. Pretty much any reference I have ever heard of a 1911 or the .45 round being inaccurate comes from 40+ year old army pistols with old barrels, bushings, and links. When I was an assistant armorer in 1992, we were in the process of switching out our 1911s for M-9s, and when I heard that we were going to get one last weapon qual on the .45, I scrounged for a few parts, and put new bushings, barrels, and links in about a dozen pistols, and made sure that anyone who was listening or cared shot these at the range, and you know what? Not a single one was putting lead in the dirt that day. Miraculous.

Eric F
December 2, 2007, 05:33 PM
I am suprised there isnt any mention of STI yet. I know some that swear by their $3000 1911 that works no better than my $329 38 super RIA with my add ons and trigger job. ha ha ha

Hunter0924
December 2, 2007, 05:51 PM
I wonder why is it whenever a "1911" thread appears someone talks about how great Glocks are. It is a wonder folks like myself do not enjoy such discussions.
As far as Government Models go my favorite is Colt. They are hand built with quality materials.

Geno
December 2, 2007, 05:55 PM
Hunter:

You are correct.

For my part, I like the Colt Series 70 Reproduction. I have the stainless and the blued versions. :D Edit to add the "why" The Series 70 fits my hand like a latex glove. None of my others pistols are this comfortable. Others are very close, but they fall short.

I do know the reason, but I hate to change my pistols permanently. Some factors I cannot change out. Specifically, I like the arched main spring house, the standard grip safety, and the curve of the front strap under the trigger guard. My pistols that have bumped or beavertail grips safeties, flat main spring housing or high-cut front straps are not as comfortable to me.

The Series 70 reproduction comes with everything that I like.

Doc2005

Eric F
December 2, 2007, 07:01 PM
I wonder why is it whenever a "1911" thread appears someone talks about how great Glocks are.
Same reason some body asks about a lee load master and gets replies to buy a dillon

Hunter0924
December 2, 2007, 07:07 PM
I am a somewhat new member here still but I am not new to internet firearm discussion boards. In my opinion when someone is looking for a specific answer to a question it is impolite to try to hijack the thread and turn it into a flame war.
Q "What are good options on a Government Model?"
A "There is no such thing buy a Glock."
I don't know about anyone else but I see that as rude and not at all helping. If I see a Glock option thread I do not go there to recommend a Colt Government Model. What good would that really do.
I remember someone once said "This is the internet so if you cannot say something nice say something anyway."

98C5
December 2, 2007, 07:38 PM
I agree Hunter. I just ignore those posts and only look at the "real" helpful answers. Those people just want attention and an excuse to post a pic of their non-1911 gun.

GaryP
December 2, 2007, 08:20 PM
All my 1911's are Colts! :)
I do want to add a Custom 1911 to my 1911 family one of these days and I am seriously looking at an Ed Brown or Bill Wilson pistol. Presently I am enjoying my new toy, a 70 Series Colt Combat Commander that I purchased NIB back in 1975 and gave to my Uncle as a Christmas present that year. I moved out of state and did not see the pistol again until recently when he passed away. He had wrapped this pistol in an oil soaked sock and hid it in a closet, where it stayed for 30+ years. Along with the Colt was the box of shells I gave him back in 1975, less 35 rounds. (No, the box of shells was not in the oil soaked sock with the Colt) ;)

WOW! :D

:evil:

XavierBreath
December 2, 2007, 08:33 PM
http://www.bayourovers.com/stacko1911s.jpg

I've got a few favorites................

But my favoritest is this one (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/03/evolution-of-custom-carry-gun.html)........

No, this one (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/08/clark-combat-colt-1911.html)...........

Dang! I forgot about this one (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/02/custom-gold-cup-national-match.html)...........

No, wait a minute (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2007/01/remington-rand-research.html)............

Dadgummit (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/05/custom-colt-carry-gun.html)...............

:scrutiny:

I guess it all depends on why I have them. Some are carry guns. Others are target guns. Some are historical. Some are custom. Some I put my own sweat and blood into..........

Geno
December 2, 2007, 09:02 PM
Now that is a beautiful sight!!! Some people have fantasies of taking a bath in gold, others in rubies...mine...a room full of 1911s, floor to ceiling, and just me all alone. :cool: Oh...sorry. That was really embarrassing.

Doc2005

byf43
December 2, 2007, 09:40 PM
Hunter0924 wrote:
I wonder why is it whenever a "1911" thread appears someone talks about how great Glocks are. It is a wonder folks like myself do not enjoy such discussions.
As far as Government Models go my favorite is Colt. They are hand built with quality materials.



Just curious. . . . .

Since I seem to be the only person to even remotely mention Glock (because the ONLY photo that I have of my Gold Cup is with my G21) it seems that the above post is directed toward me.

I originally posted:
Lastly, here is a (not-so-great) photo of my beloved (old) Colt Gold Cup NM, along with my Glock G21.
I bought this Gold Cup in 1985. It's had tens of thousands of rounds through it, and it will STILL shoot the X-ring out of the target at 25 yds and 50 yds IF I do my part.
This is one pistol that will NEVER be sold.



Other than that, I must have missed somebody touting Glocks.









Keith

Jaenak
December 2, 2007, 10:01 PM
One of the first people on the first page said he tried a 1911 and it just didn't seem to strike him right so he went to a Glock and he said that's the pistol he'd probably live and die with. But, hopefully not because of.. hehehe I tried out a Glock once but decided I didn't like it because it felt really top heavy to me.

No, the "No Glocks" posts were toward him, not you. You were talking about your Glock AND your 1911, not just your Glock at the cost of all 1911's in general.

After poking around (I'm loving the pictures by the way!) I've seen the really really nice pistols like Ed Brown, Kimber, and Les Baer are generally between $1500 and $3000! Yikes! :what: But then again, wouldn't they fall into the general classification of "Precious Metals"? :)

I've noticed for the most part the most popular are the Colts. I was looking at the 1991 series and the special combat government series. My question is how much is a Colt pistol anyways? My local Gander Mountain is closed for the day and all I can find online is these stupid Airsoft pistols.

Edit: screwed up a sentance

Geno
December 2, 2007, 10:12 PM
Oh yeah, and I forgot to add that I like the short trigger of the Series 70 Reproduction.

Doc2005

MikePGS
December 2, 2007, 10:15 PM
Jaenak, the prices can vary but i strongly suggest you avoid gander mountain in regards to Colt's. Not sure about yours, but the one closest to me said that they could get me a 1991 for 1000.00, which is around 250 more than you can find it for online, or at a local dealer. Only today did I shoot my first Colt(s) (Doc's actually) and in this novice's opinion, they are definitely worth the price.

MICHAEL T
December 2, 2007, 10:16 PM
I just buy Colts I screwed up and got a New Kimber Eclipse. But Im giving it to my wife for xmas. I just can't warm up to it . It doesn't feel right in my hand like my Colts do. So she can have it. Least it will get shot, that way . Other wise will be a safe Queen. RIA feels better.

byf43
December 2, 2007, 10:23 PM
Thanks, Jaenak.


The Gold Cup NM in the photo was 'supposed' to be 'NEW' when I bought it, in 1985. I paid $500.00 cash for it.

I got home with it (after our required 7 day MINIMUM waiting period) and cleaned it and when I opened the factory manual, to fill out and send in the warranty papers. . . this pistol was USED!!!!!! (Warranty papers were already filled out and mailed, and the owner's name was in the book!)

Well. . . the barrel bushing was a tight fit (accurizer bushing) and the link was making a really tight fit (no vertical movement of the barrel in relation to the locking lugs), and virtually no rattle between slide and frame.
Plus, the trigger was like a thin piece of glass breaking. (Future test with scale would show 3-1/2 lb trigger!)

So. . . I decided to keep the pistol.

I did go back to the gunshop that I bought it from. (Note: I had done a LOT of business with this shop and knew the owner; his son; and most of the guys that worked there.)

I was curious as to why the owner's son told me that the pistol was NEW.
So, I talked with a couple of the guys working in the shop until all of the other customers left, then asked the owner's son why he sold the pistol as NEW, when it was USED.

He pulled the 'book' and discovered that his Mom had taken in two Gold Cups on the same day.
One was new, the other. . . used.
She had transposed serial numbers and they put the new GC in the 'used' case, and the used pistol in the 'new' case.

The owner's son offered to get me another GC (new) with no additional monies, but, I declined. (I really liked this pistol!)

So, he offered me some money back. Before I could say 'o.k.' or 'nah', he took $125.00 out of the cash register.

I told him that it wasn't necessary, but, $125 is $125.00!

He thanked me for 'not saying anything' while other customers were in the shop.
(I wouldn't have, no matter what.)

Before I left the gunshop, the owner's son shook my hand, told me that I had a Lifetime Warranty on the pistol, and handed me 5 boxes of Federal 230 gr. Match ammo.

Well, that gunshop closed down several years ago, so, the warranty 'died' when the shop closed, but, I've never needed anything done to this pistol other than having the rear sight pin replaced.
The roll pin was replaced with a cold rolled pin that is a perfect fit.

Hunter0924
December 2, 2007, 10:45 PM
No sir byf43 I was not referring to you sir but a post before yours. I hope I did not offend you.

byf43
December 2, 2007, 10:58 PM
No sir byf43 I was not referring to you sir but a post before yours. I hope I did not offend you.




No offense taken. No harm. No foul.

I thought that I had read every post, and the only mention of the "G" word, was in my post.
I didn't see the 'other' post.

I suppose I need to get new glasses. (Or new eyeballs.) :what:

Hunter0924
December 2, 2007, 11:03 PM
XavierBreath that is a great picture and inspired me.
Here is a picture of most of mine all of which are Colts.
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/Hunter1911/2006_12020002.jpg
I do have another on the way.

19-3Ben
December 2, 2007, 11:14 PM
The first 1911 I ever shot was a Wilson Combat. I was ruined very early. After that, I shot both a Para-ord, and S&W. They both felt really nice, but not quite the same. I shot a SA Loaded, which was nice, and I could have had it for a SONG (about $600 with about 1500 rounds through it and very nicely maintained with box, tools, papers, etc...) but didn't bite. I can't afford to shoot .45ACP yet. Besides, I still fantasize about that Wilson. Some day when I finish law school and get a good paying job, and can afford it, i'll get myself a Wilson combat. But until I can afford the Wilson, I won't get anything else.

Constantine-p89
December 2, 2007, 11:22 PM
Those are some rediculasly large piles of 1911's.

orionengnr
December 2, 2007, 11:40 PM
After poking around (I'm loving the pictures by the way!) I've seen the really really nice pistols like Ed Brown, Kimber, and Les Baer are generally between $1500 and $3000! Yikes!

The first four Kimbers I owned cost well under $3000 for all four. One was under $600, the rest were all at or under $750 each.

I almost bought a Wilson about a year ago for $975 on this board (I hesitated a bit and someone else jumped on it). :fire:

There are good buys out there; keep looking and don't be afraid to jump.

AJD
December 2, 2007, 11:48 PM
Hunter,

Nice photo. Are you going to write a review online for this new Colt coming in?

10-Ring
December 3, 2007, 12:08 AM
A buddy has a Caspian frame & slide set up perfectly (IMO) and it just fits & shoots like it was made for just me...to bad he refuses to part with it :rolleyes:

Hunter0924
December 3, 2007, 12:21 AM
AJD the "new" Colt coming in is not a new Colt but one I have found hard to come by. This pistol is no longer manufactured new so I doubt if a review will be requested but at the very least there will be pictures and commentary.
I do appreciate you asking though.

Jaenak
December 3, 2007, 03:28 AM
Ya know, now that I took a closer look at the Kimbers, I can see they are reasonable. Almost all of their guns are between $1000 & $1250 and the extra $250 to $500 would be spent (and then some) at a gun smith for any other pistol trying to do the things that Kimber does standard.

Anyone know of any websites that sell custom 1911 parts? What I mean by custom is parts the manufacturer doesn't sell for their own pistols.

Old Dog
December 3, 2007, 03:47 AM
If DHart's first photo (in post #2) of the blued Series 70 (reissue) Colt didn't grab you, you're not a real 1911 fan. Hands-down, the blued Series 70 is the 1911 for me. Although, a bright nickel Colt in 38 Super is a close second.

Still, I love all my 1911s, and I think the stainless Springfield Armory Mil-Spec is great, love Kimbers (Custom TLE, Pro Tactical, Pro CDP) and any Colt's LW Commander ...

Jaenak
December 3, 2007, 06:38 PM
His blued series 70 didn't really catch my eye but his 1991a1 Commander sure did! I almost started salivating over that one! :eek:

byf43
December 3, 2007, 06:47 PM
Jaenak wrote:

Anyone know of any websites that sell custom 1911 parts? What I mean by custom is parts the manufacturer doesn't sell for their own pistols.



Brownell's.

If they don't have it. . . . you don't need it.

www.brownells.com


As Doc2005 said:
...I hate to change my pistols permanently. Some factors I cannot change out. Specifically, I like the arched main spring house, the standard grip safety, and the curve of the front strap under the trigger guard. My pistols that have bumped or beavertail grips safeties, flat main spring housing or high-cut front straps are not as comfortable to me.



If you'll note on my Gold Cup, it has an arched mainspring housing, plus I added a beavertail grip safety and a commander hammer (plus a new sear, which can't be seen).

I have 'ham hands'. 'Hammer bite' has left a scar in the web of my hand, so, I eliminated the cause of the 'hammer bite'.
The flat mainspring housing, while nice looking, wasn't comfortable, so, a Pachmyr arched mainspring housing went in.

All of the parts are 'drop in' parts from Brownell's. I too, don't like to permanently alter a firearm.
Granted, I did the trigger fitting and polishing with the appropriate jig, again, from Brownell's.
All of the original parts are in their proper place, locked up in my workbench drawer, downstairs.

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