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Old August 25, 2012, 11:51 AM   #26
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When it comes to 1911s I am a Luddite. The only changes I have made on my 1911 was to add a Packmeyer Signature grip. I had my unit armorer, hone the rails. I stoned the trigger. I also stone the magazines were the trigger will drag.

Anything else is cosmetic.
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Old August 26, 2012, 08:13 PM   #27
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Here's a novel idea. Buy a quality 1911 that doesn't need "upgrading". You can get one for as little as $1100-1200 (DW Heritage).
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Old August 27, 2012, 08:21 AM   #28
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Unless you are a competition shooter that's going to be laying out a lot of expense in travel, lodging, food cost and match fees I would not worry about spare parts.

My recommendation is shoot the heck out of the gun you have, if something breaks or there's something you don't like about it then change or replace parts.

You may find the gun is just fine the way it is.

If you do want to change something and feel that it's beyond your abilites to do the work, find a reputable smith (local smith if possible) and have them do the work.

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Old September 11, 2012, 05:49 PM   #29
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Last 1911 I bought was a Kimber Custom II. I changed the grips and put Walnut on it and I put a standard Colt thumb safety on it. The extended safety that came on it hurt my thumb when firing the gun. The wood grips look better. I also replaced the automotive grip and safety screws with colt slotted screws, this was also for looks.

The kimber already has a beaver tail safety, the standard GI safety bites me. Kimber also has Novak style sights on it. Any way I spent very little extra on it. I wanted a carry gun, if I was going to use it for IDPA , I would also do a trigger job on it. There are other bells & whistles if you like them. Other Mfgs. sell them decked out. Some of the stuff like sights and the beaver tail safety are actually needed. Others are fluff. The "loaded" models are a little more expensive than a standard gun but you do get more gun, typically, sights, beaver tail, extended/ambi safety, lowered ejection port, BBl modified for hp/wad cutter bullets, etc. Then you get into fancy finishes, grips, checkering, SS instead of carbon steel, the list goes on and on.

If you know what you want/need you may decide to buy a gun with the accessories already on it and save a buck or two.
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