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Did a few DIY things to my 1911.....

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Airborne Infantryman, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman 'Murica!

    Nov 20, 2009
    .......this is my very first 1911.....a trip to the local gunshop which stocks lots of 1911 parts, made it very apparent that modding, or repairing the 1911 pistols are cheap, and easy. I like that a mainspring housing is only $20 for a steel checkered 30 LPI.

    Anyway, I've done nothing mechanical to it yet, but I did replace the grip panels with Hogues, and replaced the god-awful grip screws with hex-headed ones that are blued. It looks good so far; I do want a magwell though, and would like to replace the checkered plastic MSH with one of those 2-in-1 mainspring housing/magwells.....I think its made by a company called Smith & Alexander. Do MSHs require any fitting? If so, what does that task entail? Thanks for any input! :wavey:

  2. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

    Aug 17, 2001
    Chesapeake, Va
    The only time I've installed a S&A magwell on one of my guns, a Colt Officer's ACP, it was a simple drop in. Took about 10 minutes (not really, but a friend was showing me how to to do this and he was commenting alot). No adjustment needed. I have read elsewhere that occasionally, some adjustment is necessary.

  3. josp


    Jan 20, 2005
    I've got the same RIA and recently changed the following:
    Skate board tape on the front strap
    Full length guide rod with buffer
    New recoil spring (16#)
    New extra power firing pin spring
    VZ thin grips
    Stainless hex head grip screws

    With the thinner grips I like the feel of the main spring housing. I may replace it with a metal one though later.