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Time To upgrade...sorta

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by NDLAWRENCE, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. NDLAWRENCE

    NDLAWRENCE

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    well... i am wanting to upgrade some parts on my Rock Island such as beaver tail(probably a drop in such as the wilson), Hammer, Trigger(don't suggest a Flat trigger quack:rofl:), safety, maybe sear? mainly to learn how to do this stuff for future 1911's any suggestions on what parts to use and witch order to install them in? maybe so other parts that might need changed out?
     
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    don't do a drop-in, fit a proper beavertail.

    i would actually suggest selling it and just getting a Tactical
     

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    All of the parts minus the beavertail are relatively easy to learn how to do as long as you get good documentation. Blindhogg.com/gunsmithing.html is a good place for info.

    The beavertail is a little tough and i would recommend against getting a drop in. Even though your RIA BT isnt very nice, chances are you will like the installed new one even less. If you want to do it, buy a WC or EB and buy the jig
     
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    if it fits your need then do a drop-in BT, but it will have a large gap. If you can live with it, then :cool:
     
  5. NDLAWRENCE

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    it is actually the tactiCOOL one but like i said im looking to learn and upgrade a few parts at the same time. so looks like its a NO-Go on the drop in Bt.
     
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    if it's already has a beavertail, i wouldn't swap it. buy some stone's, ed brown sear jig, and a trigger before buying any new parts.

    the first 1911 i worked on was a RIA GI, that i did my first trigger job on.
     
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    do i need the Fine or medium stones or both? also is replacing the sear i have pointless? does it just need fitted?
    Thanks for the help
     
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    both.

    since you are using this to learn on, i would work the stock parts first, they can be made to work well.
     
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    how hard is it to fit a main spring housing?
     
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    Depends on the MSH and gun. Might need none, or you might need some.
     
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    My S&A dropped in, but the magwell needs fitted and blended, which i still havent done :(
     
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    my NH MSH needed quite a bit of fitting.
     
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    Of Course! Cause NH made it! :tongueout:
     
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    New night sights, I'll hijack your thread and show you a pic of mine after I pick it up from the smith tomorrow.
     
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    I installed a 10-8 Short/Curved trigger into my RIA. Highly satisfied.

    EGW is heralded as a quality parts manufacturer. I have a custom barrel bushing and an extended magazine release from them, immaculate parts.

    I don't believe there are any known parts to consistently fail in a RIA out of the box.

    Remember to research when it comes to modifying critical parts such as the trigger, sear, hammer, etc.

    Helpful site:
    http://forum.m1911.org/forumdisplay.php?f=117