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My Sprinfield "Loaded" rebuild...

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by MStarmer, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Went out one day looking for a blued mil spec and ended up with the NM prefixed loaded instead. Got a great deal trading in a shotgun that my wife didn't want but then a project was born and spiraled out of control.. I fell into the MIM is garbage crowd and stripped it down to frame/slide/barrel and bushing. Plunger tube was poorly attached and somewhat bent. I went with Hilton Yam's recommendation on parts from his webpage and started ordering parts. Got a bug and wanted to try checkering too.

    Wilson BP firing pin stop
    Wilson BP firing pin
    Wilson BP extractor
    Cylinder and Slide ignition set and hammer strut
    19lb mainspring
    STI short Trigger (have a med length Cylinder and Slide too)
    Ed Brown pin and spring rebuild kit
    Ed Brown plunger tube housing
    Ed Brown Grip screw bushings
    Ed Brown Mainspring housing
    Ed Brown Thumb safety (this is temporary and kind of crap)
    Ed Brown standard recoil spring guide / plug
    Wolff 17lb standard recoil spring
    10-8 Slide Stop
    10-8 Rear Sight
    10-8 grip screws
    10-8 mag catch
    Dawson Precision front sight (wrong one, need a ramped)
    VZ black cherry double diamond grips

    I probably forgot a few things but this is the just of it. Put it together but still need it bead blasted. Ordered a Novak's thumb safety as the Wilson BP is shaped funny and gets somewhat poor reviews on finish and the EGW is out of stock till the end of time. The Novak's is the perfect shape but has the logo, but I can live with that. After sight in and I know the proper height I will order a correct front. Other than that it's pretty much 95% complete I figure.

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012
  2. High Caliber

    High Caliber US ARMY Veteran

    Aug 23, 2011
    Sure finished up nice, didn't it?

  3. Hawker Man

    Hawker Man

    Nov 8, 2006
    You need to move to Arkansas so you can checker the front strap on my 1911. That looks GREAT!!!!
  4. Getting closer, I think it will really look good bead blasted everywhere!
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Looks great,........I'm a bit behind schedule with my Loaded Project.
  6. Just order a file and get to it! What's the worst that can happen... :supergrin:

    Actually it wasn't all that bad I can imagine the more you do they easier it gets. I definitely would do it differently on the next one as I didn't cut nearly deep enough on my verticals, should have laid out a good horizontal at the top first etc... Lot's I did wrong so there was a lot of cleanup after the fact. I took off a lot of metal above the checkering cleaning it up.
  7. I thought I saw a post where you bought another 1911 too? That slows you down, I ended up with a TRS last week. The only 1911 I wanted was a good Commander and now I have two 5" guns and no commander. :shocked::shocked:
  8. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Yes,.......saw a deal on a Les Baer Concept IV.
    Just HAD to get it.
  9. steve1911


    Jul 12, 2004
    Very nice!

  10. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
  11. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    Looks great, I did my loaded similarly.
    Wilson innards
    Wilson guide rod
    Baer slide stop
    Nighthawk trigger
    Wilson barrel bushing
    30lpi front strap checkering
    C&S strong side safety
    S&A mag guide
    VZ Alien grips
    Full bead blast

    It was my first project 1911 and I enjoyed doing it.
  12. Trav looks good did you do the bead blast yourself?
  13. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Very nice indeed :)
  14. flyingillini


    Nov 2, 2011
    Details on the glass bead media ? I have some from Harbor Freight but I tend to get a very soft satin finish. I would like a more aggressive finish that I see on some factory guns.
  15. What size do you get from harbor freight and what kind of setup do you use? I thought HF only had 80grit which should give you quite an aggressive finish I would think. From what I've been reading 220ish (AH or No.13) is what most use to get the soft satin polished finish.
  16. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    Yes I did.
    Here is a better picture (different grips)
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012
  17. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    I did mine with #8 glass. It is a softer finish. If you want agressive look into the aluminum oxide media, just be careful with it. It will remove material.
  18. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
  19. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
  20. Scheduled to get it blasted tomorrow and my Novak's thumbsafety came in. The only thing I have left is a front sight once I know the correct height.