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Remington 1911 R1

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ole Humpback, Jun 2, 2013.

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  1. gym

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    Speaking of grips, I put on a pair of "Handlers" from Sarge, at Elite. They were extraordinary, at about $100.00 for the fancy exotic, "i forgot the name" wood. The difference is they are larger than the standard size 1911 grips, they take up all of the space "even the frame, in the corner where it's angled" they are wider and larger, I never had a better looking and feeling pair of grips, I have pictures of them on the gun if you want to see, just pm me your email. I actually shot the gun better immediatlly with them on, here is a link I just grabbed for you.
    http://www.shootingillustrated.com/index.php/23543/sarges-handler-series-1911-grips/
     
  2. Ole Humpback

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    I was talking with one of my coworkers the other day and he mentioned something about Crimson Trace Laser Sights and I decided to go poking around there website and found these:

    http://www.crimsontrace.com/01-9440

    I do believe I've found my new Rosewood grips & a laser sight to boot!
     
  3. TennJed

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    I knew that crimson trace grips were expensive. I have never actually shopped for the though $300!!!!!!! Heck that is more than 1/2 of what I paid for my R1
     
  4. Ole Humpback

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    Any input on holsters. I thought I had this figured out but as I looked more at my carry needs, the less confident I was of my initial choice.

    Looking at a holster with a thumb-break for concealment and the ability to allow for strongside draw (normal carry situation) & crossdraw (when I'm driving my truck) and have came across the Dual Duty from El Paso Saddelry (an OWB holster), and the MacDaniel II from Andrews Leather (an IWB holster)

    http://www.andrewsleather.com/traditional.htm

    http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-160-24-dual-duty-three-slot.aspx

    Thoughts on either of them?
     
  5. Ole Humpback

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    Well, I got out today and got to put 400 rds through the gun. The magazines without a doubt are the issue. I have 6 FTF in the same manner as before as well as one time the mag pushed the round up to fast and engaged the slide stop locking the gun open. 6 of these problems happened with the same magazine. A coworker of mine loaded me one of his old Colt mags and it was the only mag not to cause a problem. I will definetly be getting new mags before my next outing.

    So far, I've put 556 rds through the gun and the gun itself works great. 5/5 for Remington on building a good 1911. The mags though are a different story, I'd rate them about 0-1/5 as they are just about good for nothing more than paper weights.
     
  6. Fred_G

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    After sending mine back to Remington for feeding problems, the stock mags work fine. I just like the after market ones better. Buy new mags, send it back to it's maker, or a combination thereof.

    Guess there is a reason folks buy more expensive 1911's...
     
  7. Fishslayer

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    If it's choking on the last round you can probably just replace the spring. About $8-ish from Wolff.

    I have a couple of those big $$$ magazines (cough)Wilson Combat(cough) and they don't perform as well as the <$20 Checkmates I got from Topgunsupply.

    I don't know why 1911 makers have such a problem putting a good magazine in the box when they sell a gun...
     
  8. mjsdwash

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    get the tapered lip mags, thats what it was designed for, and thats what it will work with. Never found any other answer that really worked. Also, a lot of problems you wouldent expect show up when the recoil spring gets weak, and they get weak fast. Tried every major 'fix it' mag except the tripp. Gunshow vietnam era gi mags and everything just works.

    http://www.44mag.com/product/check_mate_1911_magazine_7_blued/1911_ If it every gets available these should be the ones, but i would contact them and check before ordering. The r1s is pretty, but its better when it works too
     
  9. Ole Humpback

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    *UPDATE*

    Got the feeding issue sorted out. It was the mags. Got a pair of Wilson Combat mags for Christmas and haven't had a mis feed with them since:

    http://shopwilsoncombat.com/1911-Ma...rofile-Steel-Base-Pad-Black/productinfo/47CB/

    Now that I've had it for a year, I have another burning question...

    How hard is it to completely disassemble the gun and completely reassemble it? I watched one video on youtube and even with time lapses (albeit good instruction), it took over 25mins to disassemble and some of the parts didn't look too easy to put back together.
     
  10. Fred_G

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    If you have not detail stripped one, go for it! The YouTube will show you if you need it.
     
  11. Ole Humpback

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    The internet has radically changed my relationship with firearms. The information and instructions that are available online have given me the confidence to disassemble and clean / lube just about every firearm I own.

    This was the first YouTube video that got me started on my 1911 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWjHvh72_uk&list=PL9DA6B25DE70C373B&index=2

    Take your time, go step by step, and before you know it you will be practicing a detail strip on your 1911 on the kitchen table just for fun - I hardly even notice my own "idiot mark" anymore. I find a detail strip, clean, and lube to be an enjoyable way to spend time with a pistol, especially a 1911.

    Not to derail this part of the thread, but here is my personal favorite simple instructional video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEEr0CqQtQM&list=PL9DA6B25DE70C373B&index=16. While it shows a .45 Colt SAA Revolver, I wanted to post the link as an example of how helpful the internet can be, even with NO dialogue.
     
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  13. Ole Humpback

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    Success! I fully disassembled & reassembled it tonight and all indicators are that it works!

    Pull trigger with thumb safety on and non-depressed grip safety = no hammer fall
    Pull trigger with thumb safety off and non-depressed grip safety = no hammer fall
    Pull trigger with thumb safety off and depressed grip safety = hammer fall

    Only live fire will tell me if the disconnecter is working properly.
     
  14. Ole Humpback

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    Checked out the disconnector by racking the slide by hand. The hammer didn't follow the side forward! Woot!

    Now the modifying bug has bit, albeit by accident. I was looking into conversion kits for 22LR & 460 Rowland for hunting and started thinking about doing "upgrades" while I was at it.

    My burning question is a trigger job. Is this something that can be done without taking it to a gunsmith using off the shelf Wilson part?
     
  15. DMZ

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    My son-in-law put a USGI trigger in my R1. It improved the already good trigger and really improved the look, (I did not care for looks of the factory trigger).

    I purchased a Kimber .22 conversion kit that fit the R1 without any fuss or fitting. It took a few mags to smooth out the functioning, then it fed an assortment of mostly bulk .22 LR without a hitch.

    Now I have a very accurate/reliable .22 1911 pistol.
     
  16. gb6491

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    +1 on a Kimber conversion, no fuss or fitting:)
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    My trigger had a slight catch/gritty feel. I found a burr/flashing and a deformed spot along the top edge of the slot in the frame for the trigger block lever; removing/fixing that smoothed the trigger out.
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    Regards,
    Greg
     
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