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So How's It Look? (1911 thread)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Joshua M. Smith, Jul 18, 2008.

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  1. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith Member

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    The other day I ordered a Kimber pinned safety. They finally got some in, while King's is still back ordered.

    It got here today. I installed it. It took no fitting to the sear - Kimber molds them pre-fit to guns which are in spec.

    Compared to the STI safety, it feels and looks cheap. I had to take a lot of flash off and smooth down rough spots to keep it from binding. I also had to take the slop out of the joint.

    BUT! It's on now, and is performing well. MIM parts will fail early on if they're going to fail, but flipping it on and off 100 times as well as 50 rounds or so through the gun didn't reveal any further flaws.

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    I really wish I could have gotten a King's as the concept is great IMO, but Kimber's execution leaves something to be desired.

    I'm keeping the STI safety as a backup, but with a light spring on this one I don't think it will fail.

    Josh <><
     
  2. PhysicsGuy

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    looking good!
     
  3. Joshua M. Smith

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    It's modeled after the MEU pistol. I left out what I didn't need, and substituted what I had to.

    Thus far:

    1) Ring hammer (Springfield)

    2) Pinned thumb safety (Kimber, though I would have preferred King's)

    3) Fitted grip safety (Brown)

    4) Forged slide stop (Brown)

    5) Wraparound grips (Pachmayr)

    6) 7 round mags (Wilson #47)

    7) Wilson spring kit

    I'm very hard on guns - the things are regularly subjected to mud, dirt, and water. I go camping a lot, hike in my woods even more, and work with my retriever in the water. The gun is regularly submerged and subsequently cleaned with an Otis kit I keep in my rucksack. I got tired of ruining accessories, so I figured I'd follow the military SOCOM model as closely as possible, figuring the military did at least a little research on the subject, and use a Fobus holster. No more problems as of yet.

    I like the pinned safety. The ones with the tabs complicate matters, and tend to ride out on me.

    Thanks,

    Josh <><
     
  4. 9x19

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    The safety looks fine.

    You should ask your mentor to show you how to install a slide stop without leaving a :banghead: mark... :neener:
     
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    I think we have all done that at one point or another 9x19.
     
  6. Joshua M. Smith

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    Niner,

    I screwed up once, man, once, and it shows up under a flash :bang:

    I usually depress it with a credit card or with a very small punch, depending on what I have out.

    Josh <><
     
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