Making The Colt 1911 Sand And Grit Proof

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    An interesting group of 1911 pistol modifications.
    The work is being done by D&L Sports.
    Notice the relief cuts on the top and sides of the frame rails where the sand and grit are able to "get out the way" of proper slide function.
    That makes lots of sense to me.

    The cuts into the side faces of the trigger and the serrations on the barrel hood should help also.
    An innovative set of modifications to help battle harden a pistol carried in a nasty, dirty, environment.
    I would probably finish it off with internal and external Electroless Nickel.

    Link To The D&L Sports Web Site. They do really neat, nice custom work.
    Sand Cuts in Frame and Slide


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    Very cool. Thanks.
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    Well, what you haven't yet realized I imagine is the true benefit of enhancing the lubrication ability of the gun. Those "sand cuts" will allow lubrication to collect in them and be a constant source for continued lube of the bearing surfaces without it getting "pushed out" all the time by the CT (close tolerance) bearing surfaces. I think you will find your gun runs longer and smoother, not just because the junk can get away but because it holds your lube better.

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    Q: How to make a 1911 sand and grit proof?
    A: Sell it and buy a Glock.

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    Kenpo...yes, but then you would be have a firearm that is as ergonomic and naturally pointable as a large sweet potato with a mushy trigger fit into it.

    OH...and that's a good point Sarge45.

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    Yup, and it worked for me. :)
    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTex View Post
    Q: How to make a 1911 sand and grit proof?
    A: Sell it and buy a Glock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    An interesting group of 1911 pistol modifications.
    Creep, my wife hates you J/K. Just what I need more things to add to my wish list, which invariably into my need, must have necessary to sustain life list and it is easy to see how these mods are required must have feature on any 1911
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    All the ergonomics of a sweet potato!
    HAR!!!
    My wife just looked curiously in on me, as I was making sounds similar to a chicken laying a sweet potato.
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    Red face I Don't Think So

    The verticle grooves on the trigger of the O.D. green pistol,and the horizontal grooves on the barrel hood of the stainless pistol shown in the first post,are entryways for dirt,sand,and other foriegn material. The 1911 was by design a most reliable combat pistol. It cannot be a tight toleranced target piece AND a reliable combat arm that will function in a harsh dirty enviroment. It has proved to be great at both but not in the same pistol.
    Sorry to disagree,but I'm not sold on these gimmicks.
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    Thanks for the addition PistolWretch. That sure was worth looking at. Amazing work.

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    Interesting idea.

    Thanks for sharing QK

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Kenpo...yes, but then you would be have a firearm that is as ergonomic and naturally pointable as a large sweet potato with a mushy trigger fit into it.


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    Thank you for realistic look at this modification, pistola. Most people in our era don't understand the old reliable 1911 of years past was a looser fit than most models avaible in our time. Heck, quite a few of these models need a breakin period before full reliability is avaible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Kenpo...yes, but then you would be have a firearm that is as ergonomic and naturally pointable as a large sweet potato with a mushy trigger fit into it.
    But, at least I'll have a firearm...not an expensive and poorly designed club (when it jams).
    "Being a predator isn't always comfortable but the only other option is to be prey. That is not an acceptable option." ~Phil Messina

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