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What are some must have accessories, tools, etc. that every 1911 owner should have?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Accord, Mar 31, 2006.

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  1. Accord

    Accord Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    I just bought a Springfield TRP and would like to know what are some must have accessories, special tools, etc. that every 1911 owner should have?

    I already own an Otis cleaning kit, lot's of mags, and tons of ammo. What else should I buy? What are some must have accessories, tools, etc. that every 1911 owner should own?

  2. Black Majik

    Black Majik Member

    Sep 13, 2003
    Orange County, California
    Hmm... this should be fun...

    I'll add my first MOST IMPORTANT accessory, tool etc.... and that would be

    1) AMMO: Get lots of it. Doodad's dont improve your shooting, practice and lots of range time does
    2) Treat yourself to a membership to your favorite range. Showing that you love your 1911 means shooting the bejeezus out of it.
    3) Quality LEATHER holster. Take a look at Milt Sparks, Alessi, HBE Leatherworks, Del Fatti etc...
    4) Kydex holster. If you do end up shooting USPSA, IPSC, IDPA, Kydex is fast. Look at Bladetech, Sidearmor, Kytac, Comptac...
    5) Good gun belt. A holster isn't much without good gunbelts
    6) QUALITY MAGAZINES: Metalform, Colt Factory, Chip McCormick Powermags, Wilson 47D's... anything that'll run smoothly and reliably in your gun.
    7) Ceaning kit. Get yourself a quality cleaning Kit, with good oil and solvent. Breakfree CLP is my favorite lube.
    8) Silicone rag: You'll need to wipe down your gun after each use or handling.
    9) Spare parts Kit: extra extractors, springs, pins etc...
    10) Bushing wrench. Get a metal one.
    11) Kuhnhausen's 1911 book. You can find it for sale at bookstores or even on 1911forum sometimes.
    12) Basic tools, pocket knife, allen wrench kit etc...

    For the most part thats it.

    Nice pick on the TRP. Few points though.
    - Get rid of the ILS MSH/magwell. Replace with a Smith and Alexander Magwell
    - Get rid of the cheesy 2 piece guiderod. Get yourself a GI rod and plug setup.

    Spend most of your money on ammo before you go buying random accessories. What I listed is what you'll end up getting eventually. But this is a great time to learn your firearm. Learn the 1911 platform. Learn to field strip it, and/or eventually detail strip it. The internet is a great resource.

    Oh yeah, quick note. Please PLEASE don't drop your slide on an empty chamber.

    Good luck and happy shooting. :)
  3. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    #3- Also look at leather from Kirkpatrick of Laredo, Texas.
    They offer quality leather products at affordable prices, excellent
    service, and darn nice folk's too boot~!:D
  4. Don't Tread On Me

    Don't Tread On Me Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    Sorry for my ignorance, I am not a 1911 expert at all...

    You know, I've heard this before. Some people argue that it doesn't make a difference, others say it screws up the trigger. How? Not trying to hijack the thread, but why do you advocate that this fellow not drop the slide on an empty chamber? Other firearms are fine with dropping the slide on an empty chamber, why would this be negative on a 1911?
  5. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Member

    Mar 20, 2003
    At The Range
    A Glock

    Sorry, had to be done :).

    Just my .02,
  6. doggscube

    doggscube Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    "A Glock. Sorry, had to be done

    Nah, he's got an auto, and a fine one at that. Now he needs a nice pre-lock S&W revolver. Or a SA revolver. Or another 1911. :D

    I've read this thread with interest. I haven't changed my Kimber since I got it back in November. I don't carry it because of FTF problems (1 per 4-5 mags), which I've since heard can be attributed to their magazine. When I pick up a couple of Wilsons I'll feed it a couple of WWB packs to see if it improves.

  7. paul45

    paul45 Member

    Jan 8, 2005
    Now that is funny!! Its good to start the day with a laugh!
  8. Janitor

    Janitor Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    A 10" long, 3/8" wooden dowel and a brass hammer for knocking squibs out of the barrel.


  9. nero45acp

    nero45acp Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    Tampa Bay area
    The phone number of a good local gunsmith....

  10. brickboy240

    brickboy240 Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    Extra set of springs, extra extractor (Wilson's Bulletproof is best), a pin punch set and brass hammer and maybe some lube for the slide...thats all I keep around...oh...and a couple of good spare magazines (again, Wilsons)

    - Brickboy240
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