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A "refurbished" Mil-spec from the piss-poor pistolsmiths guild.

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by glock2619, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. glock2619

    glock2619 Work in Progres

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    Well, I picked up a nice older Mil-spec a few months ago and it's done (at least until I want to change something). It was bone stock and I wanted to do a bit to upgrade it and make it my own.

    Here's what I did and my opinions on whether I liked it or not.
    -Harrison ignition kit. Beautiful workmanship on these parts. Added an EGW strut with a Nighthawk pin set. Being dumb, I didn't realize a commander hammer would require me to install a BTGS. I didn't want to tackle that job right now, so i just plunged it with a 1/2" end mill where I needed clearance on the stock GS. After looking at some older customs online, I realized that's how they used to do some of the old builds. Hey, I built a retro and I didn't even know it! :cool:

    -Wilson thumb safety. It's fine. Not sure I would do one again. When I ordered my sights for my Hi-power from Novak, I also picked up one of their barstock 1911 safetys. After seeing that, the Wilson didn't do much for me but I'm sure it will work fine and outlast me regardless.

    -EGW Slide stop. Excellent quality as always.

    -Harrison retro rear sight. Excellent and exactly what I was looking for.

    -I cut the front dovetail and installed a Heinie all black front sight. Once I figure out the height I need, I'll install a gold bead or Tritium front. Everything I've ever gotten from Heinie has been great.

    -Installed and blended (somewhat) a 30lpi MSH I had laying around. Works fine.

    -Deburred everything but I didn't go crazy. I did a slight chamfer on the front, back, and bottom of slide. I just didn't want anything sharp.

    -Blasted everything exposed. Knocked down the high sides of the finish with 0000 steel wool. Brought it to my local guys who blue for a matte blue finish.

    Someday, I think I will add a BTGS. For now, I'm just going to shoot the crap out of this thing. Fit between barrel/bushing/slide was okay but i'll probably have EGW make me a closer fit bushing.

    As far as the Hi-power goes, it's a current generation that had some terrible adjustable sights. I deburred everything, trued up the dovetails as they are broached and not cut, installed some Novak sights (modified rear by me), cut off the ambi side of the safety, cut a small bevel on the mag well, and did the same matte blue finish. I think it turned out okay. I messed up the finish on the rear sight while installing it. No biggie as it's just going to get scratched up anyways.

    Feel free to comment or bash. I do have a lot to learn. But, the more I do, the more I learn anyways. So, off to find more base guns.

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  2. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    looks good so far!!!
     

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    Off to a great start!!
     
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    Nice job my friend:thumbsup:
     
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    That's awesome! Keep going!
     
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    Here is a 1988 Mil-Spec I bought from a fellow GTer and did a quick refinish job on it.

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    I prefer the original look on these.
     
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    sweet!

    JR, I love the blued.
     
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    That's why I went with the Harrison rear like that instead of a Novak (or heinie or ???) cut on the rear. I like the simple rear sight and the Harrison rear sight gives a decent picture. That's 1/2 the reason I stayed with the GI grip safety other than the fact I don't think I have the skills (yet).

    But, I deviated from the original look with the dovetail front and Wilson safety. Those were purely for utilitarian purposes.

    Thanks for the compliments. I'll be honest, the bluing came out nicer than I was expecting it to. My pics don't do it justice.

    Edit: I haven't shot it yet but most of my guns have a Tritium white outline front and black rear. I'm already thinking that shooting with all black sights is going to be a bit of a challenge.
     
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    glock2619 Work in Progres

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    Ya'll (sp?) are Hi Power haters, aren't ya?




    Jerks. :tongueout:
     
  17. jrs93accord

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    Not me.

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    1936 Fabrique Nationale Hi-Power (Belgium)
    1969 Browning Hi-Power (Belgium)
    FEG PJK-9HP (Hungary)
    Charles Daly HP (USA)
     
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    Thanks. I have a 1988 Mil-Spec 9mm that is even nicer. It is not refinished.

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  19. glock2619

    glock2619 Work in Progres

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    Man, what I wouldn't give for a beautiful 9mm mil-spec like that. Very nice.


    Edit: And I absolutely love your '36 Hi Power.

    Actually, you have quite a few I admire. Have you ever looked into adoption? Just asking.
     
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    Your solution for the hammer is great. I like it better than a BTGS.

    I say leave it.