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Old 04-03-2012, 10:30   #1
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Taking heat for replacing parts.LOL.

Now I'm taking heat from a guy for wanting to replace some parts on my ATI. He's spouting off about how I supposedly said that my gun was "As good as a higher end gun"(never said that, said it was reliable and accurate, never said the parts were as good) so why am I replacing parts.
Guess he just doesn't get it, half the fun of owning a 1911 is swapping out parts. They're the Harley Davidson/Chevy of the gun world, tons of parts, loads of fun to customize and play with.
Don't know why he's getting his undies in a bunch over what I'm doing, not like it affects him.
Heck, when it's all said and done I'll probably have $800 into this gun over the next couple years since I plan on replacing everything except the frame, slide, sights and grip safety(and I still may do the grip safety,LOL).
I just don't understand why someone would want to waste their time hacking on me for wanting to improve my ol' "pig's ear" by adding some quality parts to make it into more of a silk purse.
Oh well, just had to share/vent and get it off of my chest.
Need to get out and put a few rounds through my gun to see if my new handloads will work ok before I load more of em'. Talk to ya'll later.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:52   #2
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Old 04-03-2012, 13:34   #3
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Old 04-03-2012, 18:33   #4
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Now I'm taking heat from a guy for wanting to replace some parts on my ATI. He's spouting off about how I supposedly said that my gun was "As good as a higher end gun"(never said that, said it was reliable and accurate, never said the parts were as good) so why am I replacing parts.
Guess he just doesn't get it, half the fun of owning a 1911 is swapping out parts. They're the Harley Davidson/Chevy of the gun world, tons of parts, loads of fun to customize and play with.
Don't know why he's getting his undies in a bunch over what I'm doing, not like it affects him.
Heck, when it's all said and done I'll probably have $800 into this gun over the next couple years since I plan on replacing everything except the frame, slide, sights and grip safety(and I still may do the grip safety,LOL).
I just don't understand why someone would want to waste their time hacking on me for wanting to improve my ol' "pig's ear" by adding some quality parts to make it into more of a silk purse.
Oh well, just had to share/vent and get it off of my chest.
Need to get out and put a few rounds through my gun to see if my new handloads will work ok before I load more of em'. Talk to ya'll later.
I bought my 1911 for $422, put a $60 ambi safety on it, and about 20 hours of finish work. It's my favorite shooter. Does my kimber thumb safety make it a kimber? Obviously not. Will it work as well in front of a target? Likely so. Still doesn't make my $482 1911 better than any other 1911 that someone paid 3x the price for, asside from the fact that they both work, and I paid 1/3 the price. Price doesn't always make value. To some, that 20 hours of work is worth the higher price, and to me it's a hobby. Some guys build ships in bottles, and some like to buy die-cast collectables. Boxers or briefs, all personal preference.
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Old 04-03-2012, 18:44   #5
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...Oh, sorry....I meant...Cool story, bro.
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Old 04-03-2012, 18:54   #6
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Old 04-03-2012, 20:11   #7
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Old 04-03-2012, 20:53   #8
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Like a harley, a 1911 is not truly yours until you customize it to your liking. Do as you like, it is YOUR gun.
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Old 04-03-2012, 20:56   #9
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Like a harley, a 1911 is not truly yours until you customize it to your liking. Do as you like, it is YOUR gun.
and like a harley you will spend more time fixing it than using it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 22:15   #10
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and like a harley you will spend more time fixing it than using it.
Don't get me started on the '71 Sporty that I had.
I think Veedubklown hit on something. It's the "value" of the gun. NO, this gun will never be a Les Baer or Wilson Combat but then again I won't have $3000+ into it either, even after all the stuff I plan on doing to it.
Like I said, I love to tinker and play around with guns, been doing it my entire live, it's a hobby. I enjoy taking a $400 buck 1911 and adding parts and polishing it up so it'll run nice and work correctly. Heck, I've got a buddy that likes to get 60% frames and finish them and build 1911's from pretty much the ground up. It's just something to have fun with and helps me pass the time.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:08   #11
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Now I'm taking heat from a guy for wanting to replace some parts on my ATI.
Don't know why he's getting his undies in a bunch over what I'm doing, not like it affects him.
He's obviously not a 1911 guy.
Otherwise he would understand and be cool with what you are doing.
Same goes for guys who ride rice burners not understanding the Harleys and what we do to "improve" them.
Tell him to go play with his Glock.
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this sort of falls into the trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear thing. Makes little sense to buy a 400 dollar 1911 to put 400 in parts in it to have a 400 dollar 1911. Might as well get rid of it or just buy another gun. Unless parts/"upgrades" are done by a name recognized pistol smith (regardless of if they are done really well by a no name or yourself) it will still only be a 400 dollar gun someone modified. Does not seem a smart way to spend the money to me.
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this sort of falls into the trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear thing. Makes little sense to buy a 400 dollar 1911 to put 400 in parts in it to have a 400 dollar 1911. Might as well get rid of it or just buy another gun. Unless parts/"upgrades" are done by a name recognized pistol smith (regardless of if they are done really well by a no name or yourself) it will still only be a 400 dollar gun someone modified. Does not seem a smart way to spend the money to me.
Since when spending money on hobbies is a "smart" way?
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:55   #18
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this sort of falls into the trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear thing. Makes little sense to buy a 400 dollar 1911 to put 400 in parts in it to have a 400 dollar 1911. Might as well get rid of it or just buy another gun. Unless parts/"upgrades" are done by a name recognized pistol smith (regardless of if they are done really well by a no name or yourself) it will still only be a 400 dollar gun someone modified. Does not seem a smart way to spend the money to me.
You've never read the story about "Rock Soup" have ya'. Don't ever plan on selling this gun so what it's worth is not really an issue. If I bought an expensive 1911 there's be no "fun factor" in it because everything would have been done already.
You can't understand why I'd buy a $400 1911 and then throw quality parts at it, I can't understand why someone wouldn't want to get a cheap 1911 to play with and upgrade with quality parts, that's a big part of the fun of owning a 1911, there's so many parts and they're so easy to work on and mod. To each his own, I'd rather play around with my "sow's ear" and try to make it into a silk purse. Lots more fun that way. Bottom line, I just like working on 1911's same as I do cars/trucks.

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Just installed my Wilson Combat springs(20# recoil, 21# main, extra power firing pin and Bullet Proof Sear spring.), NO, it doesn't turn my ATI into a Wilson Combat gun but it does get the cheap springs out of it and gives me some quality springs that I can count on in the gun.
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OP... Why post this and clutter the forum?
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Why ask why?
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OP... Why post this and clutter the forum?
You're right, I should have probably put this in the Gun Smithing Forum.
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If I bought an expensive 1911 there's be no "fun factor" in it because everything would have been done already
Yep I'm with ya.... "expensive" 1911s are no fun because they are way too reliable, accurate and last too long.
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Did you say something MD357? Can't tell because I got you on my "Ignore List".
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Did you say something MD357? Can't tell because I got you on my "Ignore List".
I've been "ignored" by better.

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I guess some people just don't get it.
Ignore List = I can't read anything that you post. You're on it, get use to it so go away and stop bothering me.
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