Full length guide rods, such a PITA for no real benefit.
The extended slide stop, if it's a carry gun it could get hung up in clothing.
This is a discussion on So which accessories, modification on a 1911 do like the least? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I have to say my 1911 Commander has grown on me quite a bit, not enough to replace my 226ST, but I came from someone ...
I have to say my 1911 Commander has grown on me quite a bit, not enough to replace my 226ST, but I came from someone annoyed by 1911 lovers to being a closet one. The government model leaves me cold, but the Commander length just looks perfect on this gun and feels as good as they look. The 1911 has so many aftermarket parts or modified designs for it that your head could explode trying to keep track of them. Which then begs the question:
So which accessories, modification on a 1911 do like the least?
A few on my list are:
See through grips
Extended slide releases (take away from the look of the gun)
Commander stock sights (designed for teenage eyes no doubt!)
Dislike open guns for IPSC, but I understand why.
A .30cal 1911 why?
Extended Slide release
Low round count. If I could get 13 -15 rounds in that small of package it would be great.
since I own a loaded SA Champ., everything else seems fine for me.
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The extended beaver tail that comes to a point. It pokes my side when I'm seated. It is the only thing that annoys me about my Gold cup.
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They are left in full possession of them."
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Extended Slide Releases...I don't trust them!
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The FLGR would have to go bye-bye.
I like short triggers on my 1911s so the long triggers always have to go.
See Thru grips I haven't seen for years.
The flared mag well serves a useful purpose to aid in lightning fast defensive mag changes...so that can stay.
Loaded Chamber Indicators.
Remember the combo Extractor and Loaded Chamber Indicator? That worked very well but, it was dumb.
Extended or Ambidextrous anything - I have absolutely no need for.
The standard 1911 sights could always use some help.
Front slide serrations...OK if they are already ON the slide but, I sure would not pay money to have them added.
Thin grips are nice if your hands are smaller so they are OK.
I hate ARCHED mainspring housings so I always dump them.
Nylon mainspring housings - I'm not paying all kinds of $$$ for a Colt to have a plastic MSH syuck on it.
TITANIUM firing pin...Bad Idea. The firing pin needs the weight. Titanium hammer strut OK - That makes sense but, not much difference.
Skateboard tape...that works but, Damn I hate the way it looks on any nice gun.
Rails - I can live without a rail on a 1911.
MIM parts - all must go on a defensive carry firearm.
Series 80 parts...Why are they on a Colt? Worst idea Colt ever had.
A locking mainspring housing.
A magazine slam pad on the magazine that is IN the firearm while it is being carried. Why would a person do that? add an extra .25" to the length of their pistol grip for carry??
Save the slam pad mags for your extra magazines.
Heavy Pewter Grips. They look real purdy and they do deaden some recoil but, WHY would you lug them around every single day on a gun that you'll probably never use in a real life defensive shooting situation?
A Dwyer "Group Gripper" - why would you have one of those on a carry gun? Totally not necessary.
I could probably think of a few more.
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No intentions to hijack this thread, but I gotta ask...why do you guys not like the full guid rods? Is it jus the looks? I've got a Taurus PT 1911 and it has a full guid rod...this is my first 1911 and I don't see one way or the other what difference it makes.....can someone fill me in?
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Sure...I'll chime in on that.
If you have one on your firearm and your firearm is functioning fine with it installed then leave it in if you want to.
If it's a two piece FLGR then they can unscrew and cause some problems. So get rid of that on a carry gun.
Some FLGRs make disassembly a chore and field stripping a bother without a tool.
You should know though that it is doing absolutely nothing to improve the inherent accuracy of your carry pistol.
On a super duper full blown target pistol you might be able to eek out an extra .25" of actual accuracy from a custom fit FLGR.
One justification for having a FLGR would be having a Tungsten Carbide HEAVY FLGR to add some critical weight to the front of a pistol. Just my opinion on that.
A 1911 FLGR does Nothing to extend recoil spring life and it does not help the slide to operate smoother.
It's basically a bogus gimmick that many 1911 and clone gun makers and custom smiths bit on...because people wanted them for some inexplicable, dumb, and unknown reason.
They are (of course) useful on some chopped 1911 pattern pistols and those firearms with multiple "spring inside spring" recoil spring set-ups.
Everything QKShooter said plus an extended beavertail safety. The only thing to EVER hammer-bite me was a PPK, so anything bigger than stock is just extra metal to me.
I like QK's list too, but want to add anything gold. A 1911 just shouldnt look like a ghetto special.
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remember my Addy Qk send them arched MSH here..
Also as to question to FLGR the only think it does is guide money from your pocket to someone elses..
They are more trouble than they are worth on a 45.. now in a 10mm the added weight is handy
OK - one more exception on the Full Length Guide Rod
That WAS the Haarts Recoil Reducer. I say "was" because he is no longer making them....because he is dead...which is a very valid reason to quit making something.
That was the sealed, hollow, Stainless Steel Mercury Filled FLGR that had the three ball bearings in it.
The recoil forces fractured the sealed liquid Mercury and Really Did reduce recoil by expending part of recoil energy fracturing the metal.
That was one modification that actually did work. They were beautifully machined.
I am not saying that it reduced felt recoil 50% or anything like that but, a solid 20% for sure.
Which spelled out faster shot to shot recovery especially during rapid fire.
They were expensive (priced at about $80-85 dollars)
Sadly, Haart passed away. That is why they are not being made any more.
Even though I am not recoil sensitive I have one in my SIG 220 because it gets me back on target to POA very quickly. That is GOOD on a defensive handgun.
I never bought one for my Colts back when they were still available.
Just one of those things...I never did.
So what is the OTHER FLGR that I would tolerate in a 1911?
That would the Crimson Trace laser unit that takes the place/space of a FLGR.
That would be worth having in a few self~defensive situations that I could think of.