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. #1
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    Who works on their 1911's?

    How many of you do your own work on your 1911?
    Explain your choices from the poll.

    The poll is multiple choice.

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    Done most everything but sights and only because Ive never needed to do those(yet)

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    I always do my own minor repairs / maintenance on the 1911 and other pistols. Things like detail stripping, changing sights, hammers, springs etc. are relatively easy on guns and especially on the 1911.

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    I do all my own 1911 work. I've changed hammers and triggers, fitted bushings and beavertails, done trigger jobs, sights and so forth. The only thing I haven't done is fit a match grade barrel and I'll probably get around to that someday.
    The 1911 is a remarkably easy gun to work on.
    Several years ago I bought a Ciener .22 conversion unit. I liked it so much that I bought and built up a frame to create a dedicated .22 cal 1911 pistol.

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    I've always wanted to know how, but never had anyone to show me. Changes a hammer spring on a Beretta 92 before - that was about it.

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    Just the basic stuff. I leave the real jobs for the pro's.

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    I change grips,sights if needed barrel springs, guide rods about the rest if needed to the gunsmith.

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    1911 gunsmithing

    I do all my own work, but tuning, trigger work or anything that requires machining. I have 'built up" about 5 1911's for myself from parts. Lot's of fun.

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    Sounds like fun to me ..

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    I have "smithed" 3 different 1911's I have had. I have fitted beavertail grip safeties, dehorned slides & frames, lowered and flared ejection ports, beveled the entry for the mag, installed slide locks, thumb safeties triggers and main spring housings. Replaced and adjusted ejectors and extractors. I have chamfered barrel entrances to aid in feeding. I have tried my hand at checkering.....but not on a gun frame yet......confidence is still a little low there.

    One day I plan to build one from scratch!!!!

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    I do

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    In the past, I've done many of the tasks listed. But, now, with failing eyesight, I don't trust myself anymore.

    I'll change recoil springs and grips, but, for everything else the pistol goes to the 'smith.

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    i do all my own work on my pistols.

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    As a new semi-auto shooter I have selected only weapons that have demonstrated their reliability by having been selected by our military, or some other institutional law enforcement. I am also a reloader.

    For the initial phase of my new hobby, I recognize that there is much to learn and experience safely before venturing into modifying any of my handguns. I have been able to make good decisions because of a local dealer with exceptional facilities and a public pistol range staffed by knowledgable people.

    Shooting and reloading could otherwise be frustrating and unforgiving. Why give Murphy an even chance to demonstrate how
    wrong I can be on my own? So far my endeavors have proved gratifying and recreational. Im not involved in law enforcement nor any other craft/trade that has firearms as a part of the equipment used so I am free to pursue my interests at my leisure. Until I acquire the tools and experience needed to repair one of my handguns beyond grips and recoil springs,
    I rely on local firearm pros.

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    I do all my own work. Parts and fitting take a little time and patience. My machining is limited to files though.


    Mike

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    I wouldn't be afraid to but...

    I have a friendly local gunsmith who is better than most ofthe names you see in the mags. Not to mention, he works waaay too cheap!

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    I do most of my own work, except for the machining. i havent progressed that far. It was gratifing to take my Kimber TLE II from a 5 inch group to a 1.5 inch group after a barrell refit.

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    Yost-Bonitz does my work (or has on a couple of 1911's).

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    I do all my own work on my guns. Especially my 1911's.

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    I do all of my own work. I haven't done dehorning, just because I haven't gotten in the mood. The 2 scariest moments have been when I took a checkering file to the front strap of my Kimber for the 1st time and when the drill bit touched my 1911Sc for the bobtail conversion. Both came out very nice, but I was a little anxious.

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