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This is a discussion on Most common upgrades for 1911 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I know, AZ, I know. That's what I was taught. Thanks for the information sheepdog and QKShooter, I'll go ahead and stick with a basic ...

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    I know, AZ, I know. That's what I was taught. Thanks for the information sheepdog and QKShooter, I'll go ahead and stick with a basic slide stop and non-ambidextrous safety then.

    Can anyone explain to me the purpose of full length and two-piece guide rods? Mine appears to work fine, but I wonder about any benefit from having the longer guide rod.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BAC View Post
    Can anyone explain to me the purpose of full length and two-piece guide rods? Mine appears to work fine, but I wonder about any benefit from having the longer guide rod.


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    Full-length guide rods aid extraction and feeding.












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    I have been told that a FLGR's purpose is to prevent the recoil spring from "kinking" in the dust cover, or bending and rubbing the inside of the cover...something like that. I've heard some say that they make the gun cycle more smoothly. I can't tell a difference in a gun with or without one, except without is easier to disassemble. The two piece version I had was annoying, as it took another tool (hex head) to take it apart. I got rid of it, and use a one-piece or a regular set-up, I have no preference.
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    Kimber Pro CDP mods for carry

    The 1911 I have carried most is a Kimber Pro CDP. The gun comes stock with some good features for carry, including front strap checkering, night sights and a melt job on the slide. I did a few more things after I got it to make it better for carry, from my standpoint.

    1. Replaced stock ambi safety with Ed Brown left side safety.

    2. Replaced stock 7 round magazines with Wilson Combat 8 rounders.

    3. Replaced polymer mainspring housing with black steel checkered MSH.

    4. Replaced stock wood grips with slim Alumagrips panels to reduce grip thickness by 0.20 inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainspring View Post
    High-cut frontstrap.
    I've seen this on many gunsmiths websites... What exactly is it? any before and after examples?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalina View Post
    I've seen this on many gunsmiths websites... What exactly is it? any before and after examples?
    It's way too late to post pics, but basically the curve, for lack of a better word, between the top of the frontstrap and the rear-most portion of the trigger guard is eliminated. Different 'smiths make the cut differently...sometimes it's just a gentle adjustment, and sometimes your middle finger can almost get stuck in the cut because it goes into the frontstrap so deeply. On my DW CBOB, the factory 25 lpi checkering now appears to be a raised surface, because the metal above the checkering pattern has been removed.

    The reason for this is purely personal preference, but like a beavertail grip safety, it allows for a higher grip...thereby lowering the bore axis which should allow for a more controlable gun.

    Besides that, it just feels cool.

    Until I can get some sleep and some more time to post pics, go to the Nighthawk Custom site and check out the "curve" from the rear-most portion of the trigger guard to the frontstrap on the GRP line and the Predator line. The Predator has a high-cut frontstrap...or undercut trigger guard. You decide which term to use.

    And yes, I will own a Predator before I die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalina View Post
    I've seen this on many gunsmiths websites... What exactly is it? any before and after examples?
    As Mainspring stated, look at the area of the trigger guard and front strap junction.





    and the XSE is even more pronounced

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    Darn good of you to add the helpful PICS OD... ~~~~>

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Darn good of you to add the helpful PICS OD... ~~~~>
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    Buy an XD and put the 1911 in the safe?

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    Here's a quick pic of my high-cut frontstrap, or my undercut trigger guard. Notice the flat surface behind the trigger guard, and how the checkering on the frontstrap appears to be a raised surface.



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    I believe in the KISS principle. Here's what I've done to both of my Springers:
    1. Wilson drop-in beavertail safety - higher grip and less muzzle flip, also doesn't cost an arm and a leg to install.
    2. Wison Hammer.
    3. Wison tactical safety (non ambi). Not so large to disengage accidentaly but easier to manage.
    4. Wilson 8 round mags.
    5. Ramp and barrel lightly throated and polished.
    6. Trigger set at 4.5 lbs.

    Will be having the front strap and mainspring housing stipled in the near future for a better grip. Not a fan of checkering as it tears my hands up after about 100 rds and is an expensive operation.

    Friend who is a 1911 guru did the work for me and have about $600.00 into the Champion total. Gun is not fancy but is RELIABLE and accurate enough for me to trust my life with.

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