A follow up to previous 1911 comments...

A follow up to previous 1911 comments...

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    A follow up to previous 1911 comments...

    Does anybody carry a stock or a very slightly modified GI 1911? This could be the real thing, a commercial Colt Series 70 Gov't, a mil-spec Springfield or something equivalent. As for the mods... Limited to better sights, after-market mags, maybe an extended thumb safety. In essence a bare-bones 1911. My guess is those who are doing this are not experiencing a lot of the reliability issues found in
    more tweaked(and expensive models).
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    Both of mine have extended safeties, commander style hammers and one has an ambidextrous safety some my southpaw girl can shoot it . Just bought some Chip McCormick extended mags for them . Polished the throats. that's it outside of some nice grip options Otherwise , totallly stock guns, one isa Series 70 , about 33 years old, the other a Series 80 I have had about 4 months . So far, no issues
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    Other than changing the grips on a few and one I had a trigger job done on (got it super cheap, needed both hand to pull trigger) and there is one I built from parts all are box stock. The only one that has an occasional problem is my EDC a SA Micro-Compact, after 150-200 rounds without cleaning it will sometimes FTF. A quick cleaning and it’s good for another 150-200 rounds.
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    I would say my Baer Custom Carry is pretty much a stock 1911; yes, it has Novak-type sights, and an ambi safety, but beyond that it is stock; GI recoil spring, etc.

    Heck, it doesn't even have forward cocking serrations...

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    I got a mess of them, and they all run prefect. I fired a new RIA today, and it ran flawlessly. I also have a Springfield Trophy Match with about every mod SA offers, and it runs perfect too. I've never had so much as had one jam in thousands of rounds out of it, and while fully factory modified it is by far the tightest Government model I own. I just don't get all the horror stories. I'm not saying I don't believe them, just that I've never had any problems with any of mine, and some are quite a bit older than me. Maybe I'm just lucky, but I don't feel lucky...
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    I am carrying on me right now a fully stock Springfield armory GI 1911-a1 commander model. It does have s few tinkerings but all were done by Springfield. The only changes I want to make are some better sights and a beaver tail grip safety... Other than it is perfect as is


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    The 1911 in my avatar photo is a 1990 vintage Springer 1911-A1. It's had a trigger job, some light throating and polishing, and a Commander hammer, drop-in beavertail grip safety, and an extended thumb safety installed. It's as reliable as the day is long... but then, so is my TRP.
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    Mine is a S&W SC Commander. FLGR, external extractor (all factory) runs like a swiss watch.
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    Bone stock Para ordinance GI expert here, some 4,000 rounds through it so far and shes eaten everything I've fed her with out issues (minus failure to feed with the one mag on the last round, but a new one fixed that)
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    My Colt Gov. model is stock, but my Springfield 1911 has CT laser grips. No problems with either gun.
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    Never had any problems with my (not specifying how many) M 1911 variants. No issues. Never an issue. 3 Lbs is the correct trigger pull for a M 1911.

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    All I've done to my no frills RIA is take off the CT Lasergrips it came with and put on some cheap but comfortable Pearce grips. No problems to report here. At first, I wasn't a fan of the sights but now I actually like them quite a bit.
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    Just changed the grip panels. Everything else Springfield put on when they built the pistol.
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    Stock, factory original with no modifications is the way I'm doing .45 automatic.

    Well, I stuck some fancier stocks on it for a while.


    Only thing is, the original Coltwood plastic stocks will apparently shrink if not left on the gun. So, the originals live on the gun most of the time unless I'm anticipating a shooting session or extended carry period.

    This is the 1911 that was carried regularly some 20 years ago when I most often carried a .45 automatic. It went along to the office most days under a suit coat.


    The stock 1911 guns I've owned and used haven't been anything less than completely reliable for thousands of rounds over many years' time.

    It's not been the "expensive" semi-customs that are reputed to be reliable from what I read but rather the garden variety production models in the low to medium price ranges. The Rock Islands seem to be trouble free but the other clones in this price range all seem to occasionally have glitches as may be read about here on the Forum from time to time. How much these guns have been fiddled with by owners is difficult to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    Does anybody carry a stock or a very slightly modified GI 1911? This could be the real thing, a commercial Colt Series 70 Gov't, a mil-spec Springfield or something equivalent. As for the mods... Limited to better sights, after-market mags, maybe an extended thumb safety. In essence a bare-bones 1911. My guess is those who are doing this are not experiencing a lot of the reliability issues found in
    more tweaked(and expensive models).
    I do- a bone stock RIA 1911-A1 GI - well I did change the stocks now that I think about it! At home it has CMC 10 round power mags also

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