View Poll Results: What kind of work do you do on your 1911?

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  • Grip changes

    123 91.79%
  • Detail clean and strip

    117 87.31%
  • Spring replacement

    109 81.34%
  • Trigger replacement

    71 52.99%
  • Sear/hammer replacement

    62 46.27%
  • Barrel swap

    53 39.55%
  • Thumb safety replacement

    71 52.99%
  • Grip safety replacement

    65 48.51%
  • Sight replacement

    62 46.27%
  • Dehorning or melding

    27 20.15%
  • Full on custom work

    16 11.94%
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  1. #41
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    One of the greatest things about a 1911 is they are pretty easily modified to be unique so you can have one that is a little different than anyone else.

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    I do everything in the poll list except meltdown and bluing. I did do some Gun-Kote a decade ago but have no interest in using that product again. Probably the most unusual stuff I've done is hand stippling metal sections of 3 of my pistols. Pictures of everything can be found here: An even dozen

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    I do what I can.

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    Have completely built 12 from the naked frame & slide, to fully functional, problem-free reliable pistols. Did 100% of everything myself, except for milling the slide to install the sights (wayne novak did the milling) & robar company did the final finishing (np3 & rogard). Have 20+years of experience working on 1911 pistols and the majority are being carried legally every day by members of my extented family. That is how much they trust in my ability to build them a pistol from scratch. Ooooo-rah

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    Working on THE gun

    I am comfortable with some things and not others. It takes a real artist to do hammer and sear work on the 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aryfrosty View Post
    I am comfortable with some things and not others. It takes a real artist to do hammer and sear work on the 1911.
    actually all you need is the right equipment, files, stones, jigs, micrometer, measurements and patience

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    ...And eyes like a binocular microscope!

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    I do all My work myself I can practically take it apart and put it back together blindfolded. been doing it for years. But thts mine I refuse to work on another persons cause What I do they may not like it. I do trigger jobs change out sears and grips sights. I even polish the feed ramp but that is very tricky and, I do replace all parts inside it including the mag release. I had it totally taking apart where it just a empty reciever and put it all back together. I do this cleaning every 1000 rds Just my preference tho Now I'm teaching my son how to dissamble his and make him put it back together the first few times I had to do it but he caught on really fast and I have all parts laid out and make him name them and tell me where they go. he has gotten so much more relaxed with it and now he does it without me around. I have a series 70 large frame and a 1991 commander. he has a rock island cause he couldnt afford the colt.

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    The real fun, of course, is to detail-strip a 1911 entirely without tools (except, maybe, for the grip-screw bushings).
    It can be done. It isn't terribly difficult.
    Certain parts serve as tools for removal and replacement of other parts.
    It's a really interesting puzzle.
    Try it some time.

    Thank you, Mr. Browning!

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    I do anything that doesn't require a mill,lathe or tig.I can do a GS barrel if I get a lug cutter but I won't tighten a slide,I don't believe much in the old way and would either have the rails rewelded and trued large or Accu-rail one.Redoing the lockwork is what I really like and am waiting to buy a new jig to cure the problem with the old style.

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    Replacing the sear spring on reassembly on the first shot has always been my biggest hang up. I've gutted 2 1911s down to a bare frame several times. It just takes patience, and it helps if you lay out all the parts in relatively the same order they came out. Also Google 1911 exploded view. It'll help. I have a picture of my last 1911 completely broke down to the frame, every single big and little part removed and cleaned.

    2010-07-11005817.jpg picture by john2393 - Photobucket

    Once you gut it its really a simple design.

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    I put a set of laser grips on mine or a basic field strip & clean anything other than that I take to the gunsmith because I rather take it to someone who knows hows to take it apart than try do it myself & screw something up because a 1911 is to good a gun to tear up to see if I can put it back together again

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    Detail stripped my Remington R1, added a shock-buff, and replaced the trigger.

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    Like to do all the work myself if I can. I do know my limitations though. A little hesitant of taking my gun to a smith since my last gun got ruined so bad it had to be replaced. Gunsmith at least was honest enough to flip the bill.

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    To become good at certain gunsmithing talents, you sometimes have to ruin a few more then you fix,lol.

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    Gearing up to bobtail tonight. Second time doing it.


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