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Retro 1911 inspiration...

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Nestor, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    ...well, would You help me out here?
    I know that pretty much every, new 1911 sold these days has all the bells and whistles and it makes perfect sense.
    However I would like to build myself a bit more of nostalgia type of pistol.
    I'm not really committed to keep it close to any, particular era, but I would appreciate classic look...You know...more like modern upgrades tastefully blended into the classic appearance type of 1911A1.
    Base model - SA Mil-Spec parkerized.
    So far I'm leaning toward few upgrades, but still looking for some interesting ideas. I have time and don't want to hurry into something that doesn't make sense - just looks nice.
    I never experience a hammer bite with classic hammer, so I would like to keep it. Some good quality wood grips or classic G10 grips. Replacing the sights and internals. Solid long trigger and probably checkered slide stop and safety.

    So far I'm thinking...
    Rear sight:
    1911 Auto Retro Rear Sight
    HARRISON DESIGN & CONSULTING
    or
    National Match U-Notch Rear Sight
    10-8 PERFORMANCE LLC

    Front sight...cutting the dovetail and buying a gold pin front sight of some kind.

    Wide spur hammer from EMC.

    Grip safety...uhmmm...I don't believe that anyone makes such thing....

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    ...do You? Probably custom part, but I really, really like it.
    Maybe some pictures?
    Post them if You can.
    It's an open discussion, so feel free to share anything 1911 retro related.
    Love these pistols.
    Thanks :wavey:
     
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  2. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

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    I like the look of the Grip safety in the pic,I get hammer bite bad with the original GI grip safety.
    The wide hammer looks great too.
    Gold bead front site,yep.
    Deviating from the GI rear site a bit is A OK in my book as a good sight picture is important to me.
    I've seen some slightly extended thumb safety's that look really classy too.
     


  3. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    Thanks. Yes, this grip safety looks like comfortable solution that still keep up with the classic look.
    I'm only 37 and my vision is OK, but it's not as good as it used to be, so good sights are must, especially since I would like to keep this gun for years to come.
    Slightly extended thumb safety would be more than OK in my book, but not by much.
    Is there a long, solid trigger that would be the right choice for such project (I need the long one as my fingers are really long) while providing acceptable performance?
     
  4. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

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    Yes there are long solid triggers.
    At about your age is when started to occasionally needed glasses to read:faint:
     
  5. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    HARRISON DESIGN & CONSULTING - 1911 Auto Extreme Service Trigger (long black) seems like a good choice.
     
  6. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    I'm going to use these grip panels (real red european stag) - pretty neutral in terms of aesthetics - found them in my "treasure box", so why not to save some money?

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  7. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Is that a Pistol Dynamics posted in those pics? :dunno:
     
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  8. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    I don't know - these are some pictures from the web, but I like the grip safety for sure.

    ps. Yes it's one of the Pistol Dynamics project guns.
     
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  9. Jim Watson

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    A beavertail that looks good with a spur hammer is a rarity.
    PD is the logical source. Fasten your seatbelt before reading his price quote for that type of work.
     
  10. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    All work will be done by the local, Canadian 1911 guru.
    Much cheaper I guess, but he knows his stuff.
     
  11. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    May be much cheaper just to re-shape the GI grip safety and replace the hammer with the shorter one.
    Something like that - except for the mainspring housing which I would like to have checkered.

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  12. 1911Tuner

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    I like it. Sticking close to the original contour not only preservers classic lines, it also serves a function by creating a spot weld that doesn't require a gorilla grip on the gun to keep if from shifting its position in the hand the way that the upswept ducktail grip safety does.
     
  13. Tiro Fijo

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    Looks like an attenuated version of the Gray Guns hardtail.
     
  14. bac1023

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    It looks like it for sure. :cool:
     
  15. bac1023

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    Yeah, he does some great work though. :)
     
  16. CAcop

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    King's used to make a grip safety like that one that was drop in. If you find one on ebay it is not going to look as good at the one posted but close.

    In the old days they would get that look by welding on metal to the GS then filing to fit. If you are going to have a smith do it, why not?
     
  17. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I have a couple of those installed on my Colts. I like the long trigger but I hate the plastic trigger bow ones that come with Colt guns, and I don't want to spend outrageous money on Gucci brands with three holes drilled into the trigger, so the Harrison triggers were good to go for me.
     
  18. Nestor

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    Thanks. Yes, seems like King's safety would be the right solution.
    Also - I'm thinking about buying the standard beavertail safety and grinding it down to the size of the grip safety showed on the first picture.
     
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  19. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    Thanks. I like the solid triggers much better. The three holes used to be the sign of custom trigger job - now it's more like a standard and quite often the solid trigger is the sign of the custom trigger job :)
     
  20. ca survivor

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    I have been toying with similar Idea an almost stock 1911, good luck on your pro jet, let us know what you end up with.