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Mil-Spec Upgrades

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by 3rdgen40, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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    I am planning some upgrades for my first and only (so far) 1911.Heres my list:
    Ext.Thumb Safety
    Ext. Beavertail
    Ext.Slide Release
    Ext.Mag Release
    Commander (skeleton) Hammer
    Three Hole Match Trigger
    Flat RMH (checkered)
    Carry Bevel
    This will be my primary HD/CCW gun.Any other suggestions ? Anything on my list not a good idea for a defensive 1911 ? Any other internal parts I should upgrade ?

    ETA: Are any of these parts "drop in" that I could change myself ?
     
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  2. chuckman

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    The internals are fine as is. I would forego the 3-hole match trigger and get a simple trigger but get a good trigger job (unless you plan on competing). I am not a big fan of 'extended' this-and-that as this stuff can get caught on clothes, etc., but if you have small hands or like it, then go for it. I would ship the slide off for new sights. Otherwise I think you are good to go.
     


  3. MBG20

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    extended mag release, if too long, could release the mag while you are CC'n....
     
  4. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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    Think I might scratch the ext. controls.I definately want the beavertail though, to mate with the hammer.I also need a longer trigger.The factory one is a bit short for my reach.I just like the look of the three hole.Is there a better choice for a combat gun ?
     
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  5. alwaysshootin

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    Just curious, with the initial cost of the 1911, and, after getting all the customized parts put on, what will you be looking at having invested into this 1911? I know it's what you want, and, like you, would do the very same upgrades!
     
  6. bac1023

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    Are you sending it to Springfield Custom?
     
  7. zdragon23c

    zdragon23c s&w&me

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    recently upgraded my GI with a Wilson commander beavertail(drop-in/minor fitting required).
    [​IMG]
    Colt stubby thumb safety/ colt slide stop/ Colt extractor/ Fusion extended ejector/Fusion full profile FP stop/ commander hammer/ serrated arched aluminum MSH/solid long aluminum trigger/Les Baer bushing/Kimber match barrel
     
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  8. drc767

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    Very nicely done!!! Did you do the work yourself or send it to a gunsmith?
     
  9. zdragon23c

    zdragon23c s&w&me

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    thanks for the kind words...
    mostly DIY...the only exception was the ejection port lowering(out-sourced to a gunsmith buddy).... less than $300 invested in parts excluding tax of course.
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. 3rdgen40

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    Don't have an exact cost on the upgrades yet.I would estimate around $1000 when all said and done.

    Maybe...I am also looking into having it done by a "friend of a friend" who happens to work at Wilson Combat.

    That looks sharp....:thumbsup:
     
  11. BOGE

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    FWIW, it´s a waste of time & money to do this as you´d be dollars & ¨sense¨ ahead to just buy a 1911 with the options you want. Sell the gun and buy what you want. :wavey:
     
  12. alwaysshootin

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    Kind of what I was getting at. From your response, you will have 1K into it, and not have a fitted match grade barrel and bushing. With those upgrades, you'd be looking around $1300. $1300 will buy quite a few really nice 1911's. How about it BAC, show him what 1300 will get him in a Kimber, or Springfield. If you have pics?:supergrin:

    Now if you are doing the installation, yourself, the learning experience is well worth the investment!:cool: If you are paying someone else, just pay for the upgrades right away.
     
  13. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Something a few of those that are offering advice are missing,.....budget!

    A new 1911 shooter may be on a budget. He may want certain options,
    he may not care for any of the pre-packaged models or want to spend $3k
     
  14. chuckman

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    Sure, this makes financial sense. But maybe the OP wants his gun his way, maybe he has a limited budget and can only do so many things at a time. My upgraded and customized Mil-Spec is unique, and I have been offered more money (to sell) than the sum of its parts are worth. As for a 'match-grade' barrel and bushing, that's one of those things that if you like it, hey, that's good, but for carry and 'combat' reliability and accuracy doesn't amount to a hill of beans.
     
  15. 3rdgen40

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    I would love to buy a Wilson or Ed Brown already set up the way I want it.Unfortunately, that is not an option for me at the present time.I am on a very,very limited gun budget.I will probably end up doing what I can myself, as far as upgrades.I thought about buying a S/A Loaded, which has most of the features I want in a 1911.However there are other things I don't like about the Loaded,like the front slide serrations as well as the size of the serrations.The Mil-Spec is what I feel a true 1911 should be.It just needs a few things to get it to where I want it to be.Then I will have *my 1911*,the way I want it.
    Thanks for all the input and advice.
     
  16. 3rdgen40

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    Well, I detail stripped my frame today.Watched a good "how to" video as I did it.Pretty simple,just more parts than my Glocks.Just got it back together.Seems to function fine.Will have to take it to the range to find out for sure.
    I found a drop in beavertail,so I think I can do most of what I want done myself and save about $400 in labor.Plus I get to enjoy doing it myself...:cool:
     
  17. JustShoot-IT

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    Good job. My Wilson "drop in" was anything but, had to have a gunsmith fit it.

    "Seems to function fine", the same gunsmith told me about shop test firing: make sure it is unloaded, cock it, drop a pencil (eraser first) down the barrel, with the gun pointing up (and head back!) pull the trigger - if everything is as it should be the pencil flies/fires out a ways.

    Enjoy it, love my 1927 Sistema - chambers an empty cardridge!
     
  18. JustShoot-IT

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    zdragon23c, agreed great work. Side question, who made your clip holder? I've been looking for something like that, small and easily concealed.
     
  19. zdragon23c

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    Carl Collins
    http://www.ccholsters.com/products.php