1911 Modifications?? Need Help Please

1911 Modifications?? Need Help Please

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    1911 Modifications?? Need Help Please

    Hey guys/gals I have just recently purchased a Colt Commander and I want to have some work done on it. I want a new trigger, hammer, beavertail grip safety, full length guide rod. Thats a good start but I have no idea of a Good, Reliable quality gunsmith around here.

    Any advise on this matter would be greatly appreciated


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    Check my signature. Link is for Marianne Key. She does my smithing. Marianne is Russ Carniak's daughter. Russ was quite well known for his .45 work before he passed away. She's not in your home state but a well respected gunsmith like her father and does a lot of long distance work at her shop. You can visit her site and/or PM me if necessary.
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    You can ship your weapons for repair or maintenance anywhere by UPS without an FFL so why limit yourself to local.

    I used Eric Zinn in Arizona for my Commander project.










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    Here are some of the best pistolsmiths available; The American Pistolsmiths Guild: Members List
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    I used Innovative Custom Guns in PA for some work recently and they were excellent.
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    I would suggest to buy the parts you want and then have a gunsmith install them. You may save money that way and get what you want.

    the guide rod you can install yourself. I would suggest the 1 piece rod so you don't have to use threadlock and can still take down the gun without an allen wrench.

    I would also suggest replacing the sear and disconnect while your at it. In fact you can buy a set that is already fitted together making it faster for the gunsmith to install.
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    I once tried out a full-length guide rod for about a year in my Colt Gold Cup. It was only so much baggage. It didn't help a thing.

    What is it good for besides making take-down of the pistol unappealing?

    Take care in making improvements on a 1911. A friend once took a perfectly good electroless nickel Series 70 Government Model and fiddled with it until it was unreliable. Then he got rid of it in disgust, saying that 1911s were no good.

    For me, less is more, with the 1911. The closer it is to the gun our fighting men carried in two World Wars the better I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    What is it good for besides making take-down of the pistol unappealing?
    Full-length guide rods aid extraction and feeding.







    They extract money from your pocket and feed it into someone else's.

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    opinions are like ********.... everyone has one


    Maybe he wants a full legnth rod cause he likes the look of it...
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097 View Post
    opinions are like ********.... everyone has one
    And you have one too.
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    FLGRs suck, I still fail to see the point behind them. Spring bind? What spring bind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    And you have one too.
    which I did not express here. I only made suggestions
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097 View Post
    I would suggest to buy the parts you want and then have a gunsmith install them. You may save money that way and get what you want.
    The problem with that is that gunsmiths do make money on the parts they install, and your 'smith may disagree about the quality of the parts you provide. Sorta like asking your mechanic to install customer-furnished parts on your car. He may do it, but he won't stand behind the work if there's a problem.

    Better yet is to discuss your project with the gunsmith in advance, and get HIS ideas about what works and what he's comfortable with. Then you proceed and everyone's in agreement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097 View Post
    which I did not express here. I only made suggestions
    I did not express mine here either.
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