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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by adrianbaxter1807, Apr 25, 2011.

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  1. adrianbaxter1807

    adrianbaxter1807 Member

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    Hey Everybody!

    To be 100% honest I have very little experience with 1911's. I've decided on a Rock Island Tactical 1911 as my first one. I'd like to customize it as a range gun. I carry Glock for PP but would love a true range gun. What should I change on it? For example trigger barrel etc. Any advice would be great!!!

    NO HIGH POINTS :cuss:
     
  2. JTQ

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    I don't think I'd change anything, just shoot it.

    A warning I always give to the new 1911 owner, especially those coming over from Glock's, etc. In general, 1911 parts don't just drop in. It may take some work to get after market parts to fit.

    I've seen posts from experienced 1911 guys that claim the only true drop in parts in a 1911 are springs.
     
  3. Lunie

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    My only real dislike was the ambi-dextrous thumb safety. In my case, it would come apart after the weapon was fired. A quick call to there Customer Service provider, and a few days later, my problem was no more. ;)

    As far as it goes, replacement thumb safeties are fairly inexpensve. An example... http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=32437/avs|Style_1=Thumb/Product/1911_AUTO_EXTENDED_THUMB_SAFETIES For extended single side, or ambi.

    I like the standard G.I. configuration, but some like the extended, ambi, or ambi+extended. To each their own, I reckon.
     
  4. 45Fan

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    Thats one of the best reasons to own a 1911. It is entirely your own pistol, and you can change just about anything you want to suit your personal desires.
    My preference is for extended beavertails, wide left side safety levers, and flat mainspring housings.
    If it suits you, you can hang just about any new mall ninja stuff on it you want, or leave it bone stock, what ever you prefer.
    Check out some pictures of other peoples version of the perfect gun, and make yours your own.
     
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    I just picked up a Rock Island in 9mm. You won't be dissappointed.
     
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    I suggest you shoot a few hundreds rounds through it before you start changing parts on it.
     
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    Put 1000 rounds through it. Then learn how to detail strip it. Dump all the parts in a bucket, shake it up, and reassemble.

    Then find some sights that fit your eyes. Nightsights? Day sights?

    Then try some little things to help it fit your hands. Thumb safety, VZ grips, Grip safety, sensitize the grip safety as needed, stone up the guts.

    Sky's the limit. Have fun.
     
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    At least shoot it before doing anything to it.
     
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    skip the rock and wait for the ruger
     
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    ^ +1;)
     
  11. Lunie

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    :rolleyes:

    Don't get me wrong, the Ruger looks nice and all... I'd even consider buying one (if and when I'm in the market for a stainless 1911)

    But I wouldn't want to buy one of the first ones they sell. ;)
     
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    i'm on the same page with you adrianbaxter1807. I've been debating on what my first 1911 should be. i only have glocks and hks and i'm ready to get away from the polymer market for a while. After much research i've decided a RIA 1911 will do just fine for my introduction to 1911's and there functions. i figured for the money i cant go wrong and i can always graduate to one of the big boy 1911's later on down the road. I'm also considering the ATI 1911 its from the philippenes to and a little cheaper than the RIA
     
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