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Finally bought a 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by JTLIII, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. JTLIII

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    Well, after much thought and pondering, I finally purchasing a 1911. I had originally decided on a Springfield MC operator because I wanted a quality gun, with an accessory rail. Then I found a Surefire 310r, so I no longer needed a rail. I began looking at the Springfield 1911 parked loaded model, and thought this was it. So, I went to the gunshow this weekend with every intention to buy it until I came across the Rock Island GI 1911. It didn't have all the upgrades that the springfield did, but it was built well, and I'm no competition shooter, so getting match grade pistol wasn't necessary.

    I ended up buying the RIA 1911 GI and LOVE it. I also bought a one piece guide rail for it and am ordering some other new parts or it such as:
    Commander style hammer
    Ambi thumb safety
    some of the Wilson combat mags everyone yaks about
    new GI type grips
    and maybe a new trigger.

    Some of you may think "why didn't he just get the tactical" and the answer is simple. The guys at the show were selling the tactical for $90 more than the GI and after pricing out all the changes I wanted, I am paying less for better brand accessories and getting exactly the gun I want.

    Pictures to come when I find my camera charger.

    PICTURES (sorry for cell phone quality)


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    And this last one is just showing my absolute LOVE of the old Surefire series lights.


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    Last edited: Feb 9, 2010
  2. bac1023

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  3. ronin.45

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    Great starter gun. Looks like you are well on your way to tricking it out too.
     
  4. JTLIII

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    I am going for MEU SOC copy here. Not gonna go for the match barrel or different sights yet, gonna see how I do without. The surefire 310r is the key component and it should arrive in a few days.

    I can't decide whether or not to do the beaver tail grip safety or not.

    Anything else I should mod?
     
  5. Rinspeed

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    Before you spend the money on a new barrel you might want to have a match bushing fit to the barrel that is in it. Most barrels today are capable of some very good accuracy.
     
  6. JTLIII

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    I will check out putting a match bushing. I bought the base model so that I could have extra funds for modding it. Plus, I dig the GI look.
     
  7. jrs93accord

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    I just picked up a new 1911 myself. This is #26 though. I bought a used , excellent condition Kimber Tactical Custom II. It is the perfect compliment to my Ultra tactical II. I will have pics up later this afternoon complete with the red mulch (just for you Bac). BTW, great choice for your first 1911. I have three RIAs and I really like them.
     
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  8. JTLIII

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    Installed the Surefire 310r today. need to find my camera charger to take pics
     
  9. Why do you want to use a full length guide rod?
    (IMO) they just make it harder to take apart.
    Hang on to the original parts for the day when you realize it was fine the way it came.
     
  10. JTLIII

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    I prefer the full length guide rod models i've shot in the past. I'm not worried about dis assembly .. I don't mind taking a few minutes extra, it's not like I'll need to break it apart in combat, ya know? On my next 1911, I'll do no mods and use it as a comparison standard.

    EDIT: Oh, and I am keepnig all parts
     
  11. 11bdad

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    Hope that "drop in" hammer works ok. I'm assuming you have fit a 1911 hammer and sear before.
     
  12. Do yourself a favor and shoot it as is until it "breaks in".
    Then if you're going to modify it you will have a good comparrison of the same gun.
    You'd be surprised that some of the mods really have no real effect on how it shoots.
     
  13. JTLIII

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    I have a gunsmith friend.

    Also, I don't really intend to do many non-cosmetic mods to it.