If you owned a 1911 company


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Boats
January 25, 2003, 12:46 AM
What would you do with it? (Thanks to nightcrawler for the idea).

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DeputyVaughn
January 25, 2003, 05:53 AM
I would do away with that grip safety. It's totally redundent.

Scott

WonderNine
January 25, 2003, 06:22 AM
Amen!

And from what I understand, it wasn't in John Browning's original design anyways. The army wanted it for some reason.

45King
January 25, 2003, 08:56 AM
Dovetail front sight
Flat top & serrate slide
Remove grip safety
Ambi thumb safety (slim)
Ambi mag release
Relieve area under the trigger guard/frame interface
Offer all frames to the general public as a stand-alone product

Frames:
All metal frames single stack.
Full sized frame: steel & aluminum, polymer single & double stack;
Compact (Officer's ACP) frame: steel, aluminum, and polymer single & double stack

Barrel lengths:
4", 5", 6", 8"

Calibers:
.45ACP
10mm
.40 Auto
9mm

gryphon
January 25, 2003, 09:06 AM
I'd make guns.:evil:

ambidextrous1
January 25, 2003, 09:21 AM
That's a great looking rig, Boats!

Hey, leave the grip safety on, if only for sentimental reasons!

10-Ring
January 25, 2003, 03:26 PM
I'd get into CA and sell quality custom 1911's at a reasonable price.

cheygriz
January 25, 2003, 08:56 PM
I'd make them DA/SA with a hammer drop and no external safeties. And I'd make them in 10MM, 9X25 Dillon and 9MM as well as .45, .45 Super. and .460 Rowland.

duck hunt
January 25, 2003, 08:59 PM
I'd offer a good quality reasonably priced 1911 that uses a plastic frame and standard parts. I'd offer a version set up for using .45super, one for .45ACP, one for 9mm.

Sven
January 26, 2003, 04:23 PM
I'd get into CA and sell quality custom 1911's at a reasonable price.

Somebody has already been there, done that. Valtro (http://www.ValtroUSA.com)

Gunhead
January 26, 2003, 04:38 PM
I would try to finish the guns in the factory, so the poor customers would get 100% out-of-box reliable, no break-in required pistols which can run at least a few thousand rounds before anything breaks...

I know, it's utopistic... :neener:

TarpleyG
January 26, 2003, 05:01 PM
I'd leave the design just as it is because there is nothing wrong with it, I wouldn't put MIM parts in mine because they suck, and I would have OUTSTANDING customer service because that would put me above the rest.

GT

kalibear45
January 27, 2003, 11:17 PM
I'd put out a website where customers can customize their gun using the "create-a-1911" feature where they can pick from an array of well-known parts (i.e. Ed Brown, Wilson) and have a virtual 3-d viewable model of their 1911 before it goes in production.

madkiwi
January 28, 2003, 03:00 PM
Wondernine,

JMB's original design had the grip safety, not the thumb one. The Army wanted the Thumb safety added, while JMB thought the grip safety was enough.

Of course he complied with the Army's request.

I personally have no problem with the grip safety, my problem with the 1911 design is just the other stuff that comes with being a 90 year old design. An extractor that is "tuned" by bending it (apparently small springs weren't available in 1906) and filing, a feed ramp that was really intended to work only with ball ammo and that barrel bushing!

madkiwi

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