Many moons ago when I was 15 years old, my grandfather gave me his Colt 1911 before he passed. He carried this 1911 ever since the war. When he gave it to me, he told me that this gun saved his life on more than one occasion. And if he didn't have it, I probably wouldn't be here today. Anyway, when he gave me the pistol at 15, I was always out in the back yard shooting it. Grandpa would always visit bearing gifts, usually ammo for me. This was my first handgun, I had a .22 Ruger revolver but I don't think that counts. About a year later, I had an AD with the weapon. I put a magazine in, pulled back on the slide, and released it. Upon releasing it, a round chambered and the hammer fell. Blew a hole in my floor. Is the pistol too old to continue to use it at the range? I love shooting it, it reminds me so much of the times I had with my grandfather. So, I did some research to see if I could fix the problem myself (I wanted to learn). I all ready knew how to field strip it. I was so young at the time I didn't realize a few things. I didn't realize that drop in parts often needed some fitting. I bought some new internal pieces from Wilson, didn't work. I must have spent days trying to figure out what the problem was. My stupid ass scratched it in a few places around the trigger. And if the pistol is valuable, should I try and repair the scratches? Can they be repaired? Will refinishing the frame cause it to lose more value? Since I couldn't fix it, my friend who is a LEO took it from me to have his smith fix it. He replaced a lot of parts, and it works just like it used to. Perfect. Now I'm wondering, should I keep it as is....or put it all back to stock/original where the hammer falls? I'm older now and realize that this pistol could be worth a pretty penny. So does it go in the display case....or does it come with me to the range. I want to keep my word to my grandfather and carry his 1911, but I think he'll be fine knowing I replaced it with a Wilson. Here are some pics... Wanna kill these ads? We can help!