Tweeking a Rock Island, 1911

Tweeking a Rock Island, 1911

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    Tweeking a Rock Island, 1911

    Hey all,

    I am out here in MASS, where you are limited to what you can buy. In a nut shell, Guns are expensive and every thing pre-ban is even more doe. So I picked up an older rock island 1911 A1 (GI). My first 1911. Here is the deal; it’s a parker-finished. What I want to do is add a Beaver tail, new trigger and hammer, My question, does any one have any input to these drop in beaver tail grip safety's? They say drop in, but do they really just drop in?
    Also I don’t want to buy things and have them not look right. Like say I was to by a stainless steal looking trigger and hammer, would I be happy with the look…against the parker-finish? .is there I guild out there to help me match my gun parts? Or is that half the fun!!!

    Any input would be great!!

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    Do a search here on DC, and you will find a ton of info on 1911's.

    Most drop in part do drop in, but can have a little play in them.

    There are alot of folks here with vast knowledge of 1911s.
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    My drop in Wilson Combat beavertail had to be fitted. It was fairly simple and turned out great. The hammer and trigger were fine out of the package. I never liked the parkerized finish, so I used Moly Resin to make it look stainless. Modifying the 1911 is very fun, but very addicting, good luck on yours.

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    You might want to take a look around here 1911Forum - Powered by vBulletin you can find lots of 1911 info.
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    Drop in parts are truly "drop-in", however the fit is very sloppy. I would recommend having a gunsmith install a standard beavertail. The hammer and trigger will most likely function if you just drop them in. Sometimes minor fitting is required and the pull of the trigger may need adjusting. All these installations are quite simple, I've done many myself. With a simple jig and file a beavertail can be installed. IMO stainless and parkerizing would look awful, but to each his own. Remember, the gun can be refinished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    IMO stainless and parkerizing would look awful, but to each his own. Remember, the gun can be refinished.
    It may not be too bad. My RIA Tactical 2-tone has a park'd slide and small parts, and a satin nickel frame. Not quite the same as stainless, but a very nice-looking combo, nonetheless.

    Not mine, but this is what it looked like stock...

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    There is no such thing as a drop in part on a 1911. That said sometimes they do just "Drop In" Sometime they fit a buit sloppy, sometime not. It all depends on the manufacture of the parts and what day of the week they were made. It is easy to change out parts if your a mechanical kind of person and take your time. The gunsmithing Forum on The M1911 forum is excellent and they will be glad to help you "Pimp Your Gun".
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