GI Champ...thoughts and observations

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    GI Champ...thoughts and observations

    Haven't shot it yet, but will this weekend.

    1. Price: $429
    2. Fit and finish: Excellent...very tight for a "mil spec" pistol. I know, I know...what mil-spec pistol has a ramped bull barrel...
    3. Trigger: Slight take up, maybe a little heavy for target shooting, but certainly in a nice range for carry...clean break too

    My other 1911 is a lwt compact; obviously very different. I find that I really like the feel of the arched mainspring and full length grip, even though I have pretty small hands. We'll see if this changes after a few hundred rounds.

    I do plan on having a few things done to the piece: This is where it gets fun, or anxious, depending on how you look at it. I want to retain the classic look, but want some understated features to enhance shooting and carry.

    1. As this will be a carry gun, the one thing I'm sure of is a bobbed grip. I've held a few Kobra carry pistols and the conversion sorta feels like an arched MS to me...plus, I think I'll need the added concealability.

    2. Another sure thing will be some dehorning, since it will need refinishing anyway...this thing is real sharp...mainly to save some wear on my Brommeland holsters.

    3. Depending on how bad it bites, I may bob the hammer too.

    4. Sights...these are small of course. If I change 'em, I'll do the Mil-spec sights, or possibly the YB retro's...somethign that won't require machining the rear.

    5. Possibly an unobtrusive extended thumb safety...we'll see.

    I like the grips, and I'll modify them for the bobtail, but grips are like clothes...sometimes you gotta change 'em. Where I'm torn is on the finish. I love the parked look, but I also love the polished blue/ivory grip look. I'll have to decide on that before anything happens.

    Anybody who has done any of these mods, please feel free to post your experiences and pics. I am determined to do it right the first time.
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    Sounds like a project!!

    Pics - gotta have some pics when ya can.
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    Forstr be sure and post some pics for us as the project continues
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    If you have a LW already, why chop the GI? sounds like alot of expense and work, but heck , whatever makes ya happy.

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    Forstr,

    Sounds like fun to me.

    Do you have, or have you tried the Yo-Bo retro sights?
    I've installed them on three of my 1911s (just the rears) and they have become my favorite fixed sight for the 1911.
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    Can you post pics of the Yo-Bo sights? I've always preferred the lo mount Novak's but I'm open to change.
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    I went with SLIM grips and a Flat MSH , makes it feel like a totally
    different gun.



    I will probably install higher profile fixed sights later on.
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    Hey AKsrule, where'd you get your flat mainspring housing and the grips? I want to replace the MSH on my SA Mil-Spec to a flat checkered one and I too want to go with some "slim" grips to improve the feel.

    I also REALLY like to get the front strap checkered but that'll mean a new finish and I'm trying to figure out who to have that done with. And if I have to have a new finish, I'm trying to think of any other mods that I should do right now before a finish.

    I'm just tyring to make my Milspec look a little better and function just a bit better.

    has anyone had work done by the SA custom shop? Are their prices reasonable?

    Good luck on your GI project. I love how they look but if I ever get one it'll be just to have it look just like that, a GI.

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    Gideon,

    You can get the flat checkered MSHs from SMITH & ALEXANDER
    http://www.smithandalexander.com/spr-housing.html

    and the full checkered stocks at CDNN at a reasonable price. http://www.cdnninvestments.com/19gocobofach.html
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    Thumbs up Flat Mainspring Housing

    I have been "sold" on the flat mainspring housings for a long time now. Many years.
    All of my 1911 pistols past, present, & future get the Flat MSH treatment.
    That's the very first modification that I make.
    It is a personal preference thing.

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    i prefer the Arched main spring housing shoot it and try it out

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    Thanks OD for the links! Good prices on those slim grips. I have the arched housing but want to try the flat as I have small hands and I'm trying to improve the grip.

    I'd really like to get my front strap checkered but can't find anyone local to do it and it's not cheap.

    I'm also not sure wether to go with 30 LPI or 20, or 25LPI. I know the price sure goes up when you get to 30 and there's a big difference between hand and machine checkered.

    Anyone have a preference on how many lines per inch they like on the front strap?


    Thanks

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    Hey, I just slap some skateboard tape on the front strap - good texture and dirt cheap.

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    maclean3 posted; "Hey, I just slap some skateboard tape on the front strap - good texture and dirt cheap."

    I was curious maclean; how long does it stay on and does it make a mess of the weapon after a while? it does seem that it would work but the idea of putting tape on my gun...well, just seems down right wicket?

    Gideon

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