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Just bought my first 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mr. Mysterious, Feb 20, 2005.

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  1. Mr. Mysterious

    Mr. Mysterious Member

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    Well, I bought my other half an engagement ring, so now I can buy guns again and not be in the doghouse ;) Oh happy days! I sent out for my C&R license almost a month ago, so I should be getting that soon, and I have a long list of "to buys". Well, I decided it was time to buy a new gun and decided that it was time to enter the genre of the 1911's.

    I have shot some Kimbers and I was pleased with them, but not having another 1911 to compare them with I didn't know whether that was Kimber nice or 1911 nice. Well, I decided that I'd start with a 1911 that seems to please quite a few people on here, the Springfield 1911 GI-Milspec. I found one used gently, probably 200 or less rounds through it for a decent price and jumped on it. I'm going to go shooting today, so I'm excited...my SW99 .45 has competition now.

    I decided once I took it home I'd attempt a 1911 disassembly...Well my finance and myself were in our office and I shot the recoil spring plug out, hit the ceiling and I think made Amanda nearly wet herself. Well, the rest of the disassembly went ok, gave it a wipe down and a little CLP along the rails. I then reassembled it...the slide release was a little tricky, but after a little practice *I think* that I have the hang of it.

    The trigger is pretty nice...definitely a world of difference over the SW99. It is better than my Steyr also. Now...I just have to feed it!
     
  2. Tman

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    "I shot the recoil spring plug out, hit the ceiling"

    Now all you need to do is the "idiot mark" with the slide stop ( :banghead: ), be careful :rolleyes:
     
  3. Stickjockey

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    Was that on purpose? :evil:
     
  4. Mr. Mysterious

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    Well, shot about 150 rounds through the 1911 today. Just the typical cons of the GI mil-spec, that being the short sights and a pretty small tear drop from the grip safety. I have pretty big hands and I did get a couple bites, but not that bad.

    It shot right on and was quite pleasant. Cleaning it tonight was pretty easy also...seems like it is a keeper.

    **Edited for corectness ;)**
     
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  5. Sergeant Sabre

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    The GI doesn't have a beavertail. The grip safety is a GI-style "teardrop". A beavertail grip safety is different from what you have.

    Now that you're trying to get into the club, you'd better learn the proper speak :)
     
  6. Mr. Mysterious

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    This was my first steel framed auto that I shot more than a magazine or two through...kind of surprised me how much more the metal frames heat up compared to the polymer one's I have.

    I also noticed a couple of the screws on the grip loosened up as I was shooting, I'm not sure how tight they were to start out with, but I tightened them up while I was cleaning. How often do these work loose? Should I locktite them?
     
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    Welcome to the club. You made a good choice for a first 1911. Keep the check book and credit cards handy as I'm sure that this will be the first of many. Be sure to check out http://www.1911forum.com for more 1911 reading.

    Enjoy your new toy. :)
     
  8. boofus

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    At least you didn't let it put an idiot mark on your forehead. Or worse put out an eye. :eek:

    I'm thinking of picking up another WW2 because I ended up giving my NIB one to my brother for X-mas. :cuss:
     
  9. Sergeant Sabre

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    Oh, and make sure you put a thousand or so rounds through it before you start thinking about upgrades. That way you'll have an idea of what you really want to do to it.
     
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    The phrase Sistema 1927 immediately comes to mind. Check out cruffler.com
     
  11. Mr. Mysterious

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    Wow, found some of those, they look pretty nice. Something else just got put on the short list. Thanks!
     
  12. Coltdriver

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    1911's are like Harley's. You can build one from scratch with all the aftermarket stuff available!

    I would recommend against lock tight on the grip screws. The reason is that you will unscrew the grip screw bushing then you will have a real PITA.

    I would lock tight the grip screw bushing and then tighten the grip screws good the next day.
     
  13. Ala Dan

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    Congrat's on your purchase of a Springfield WW-II G.I. model .45 ACP. :)
    Have you seen the stainless steel model of the same gun? Awful nice
    indeed; with the U.S. grips. We sell 'em when we can get them NIB
    for $429.88. Enjoy~
     
  14. Mr. Mysterious

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    I haven't seen the stainless GI yet in person. Only the parkerized with the plastic grips. Mine fortunately has the wood US, which I think looks and feels better.

    It seems like when the shops get used or new in on the Springy's they leave pretty fast.
     
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