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Colt 1991A1 Compact

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by jmg1170, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. jmg1170


    Jul 31, 2006
    Hey guys,
    I am some what new to the 1911 area and I got a few questions. I just picked up a used 1991a1 compact. It does not have a full length guide rod. Can I change that ? Also, it has a plastic trigger that although I love the trigger pull, I cant stant a plastic trigger. What trigger should I put in it.
  2. tango44


    Jun 16, 2005
    Miami Florida
    Do you have pics of the gun please?
    Thank you.
    As for the trigger I like Wilson's Competition match trigger.

  3. You can put any aftermarket trigger in it. Get one with an overtravel adjustment.
    The guiderod can be changed to a full length rod but it is not necessary.
    I've actually gone back to stock set ups from the full length because it eliminates the need for tools when stripping the gun.
    I would get a Wolff service pack for the gun and at least have all new springs in it.

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    In my shop
    I was going to say the EXACT same thing.
  5. Word for word?
    The odds of that must be astronomical. :supergrin:

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    In my shop
    Well not word for word. I would have a more southern twist to it.:wavey:
  7. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

    Aug 17, 2001
    Chesapeake, Va
    This model has been gone from the Colt lineup for a long time time. So long that some may not be familiar with it. This design is the same as the Officer's ACP. In a stock setup, the recoil spring is held in place by a plug with a small tab in it. A small area is milled in the slide for the tab. The plug does not bear against the barrel bushing at all. That becomes a problem when that tab breaks and plug and spring go downrange. Reverse plug were available that came with a full-length guiderod. I don't think I've seen any aftermarket ones without the FL guiderod. When using aftermarket systems, it's usually necessary to remove a small area off the lower part of the slide to make room for the shelf of the plug. A couple models out there did not require it, but most did.

    I don't know how big a problem that tab was. There were some complaints.
  8. Y'all could put any afta ma-kit trigga in 'er.
    Just kidding.
  9. Have you ever experienced a recoil spring go "down range" ?:faint:
  10. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    This is one I bought from my little brother last year.


    To me, it is a nice pistol. It is a real joy to shoot.
  11. That is a GREAT pistol!! JMB would be proud.

    p.s. good photo. thanks
  12. jb1911


    Sep 21, 2011
    Here's mine:


    All the parts I replaced were from Wilson Combat.
  13. B_RAD


    Jan 2, 2008
    NW AR
    I had one just like this one. I loved it! I wouldn't change a thing! Except not using the factory mags.
  14. PawDog

    PawDog NRA Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    Big Thicket, Texas
    I bought mine this past November at a local gun show, paid $430.00 OTD. I changed the trigger and grip safety, both Wilson Combat "drop in" parts which only took minor filing/fitting on the grip safety trigger engagement arm. Found the Herrett Colt grips, and recently changed the grip screws to Wilson hex.

    I've only fired about 50 rounds through it since the modifications, but the Wilson match trigger is a great improvement over the original plastic. Sweet shooting little pistol, and Metalform mags work fine with it.

  15. Mine started out stock just like that, it became my retirement gift from my original police job. Then it went to Dave Erickson at Condition One.

    I still have a bone stock Officers ACP sitting in the safe as well.

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  16. This is one of those urban/internet stories. I have yet to know anyone that it actually happened to. It was always someone's friend's brothers girlfriend's father's gun that it happened to. I am not saying that it hasn't/can't happened, just don't know anyone who it personally happened to.
  17. jb1911


    Sep 21, 2011
    I agree. I've had mine for about 15 years now with no problem.
  18. They ARE prone to launching the front sight into your forehead, though.
  19. jb1911


    Sep 21, 2011
    No comprendo
  20. It's an issue that many of them have. The front sight can work loose and fly off while shooting. I've experienced it twice with mine. And in a thread a few months ago, fnfalman had it happen with one he had just bought.