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    Flat or Arched...

    ...mainspring housings???

    Its all personal preference, I like the flat. Seems to fit my hand better. All my 1911s have been changed to flat MS housing.

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    I like the arched - it was mostly all I saw in the 1990s. Newer 1911s I have had had flat, but I like the arched.

    I remember reading somewhere that the difference between the flat and arched can help/hurt a shooter who is having difficulty shooting high/low.

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    I prefer the arched-it seems to wedge my hand up a little higher against the tang safety.

    The GI .45s I used in the Army had the arched housings (M1911A!s) and maybe I got used to this.

    Or maybe it just feels more like the curve of a revolver's backstrap. I can't recall chapter and verse but I'm sure it in Genesis somewhere that God made man's hand to fit a single action's gripstraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Wright
    I can't recall chapter and verse but I'm sure it in Genesis somewhere that God made man's hand to fit a single action's gripstraps.

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    Nice!!! I like it!!

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    Flat for me........heh,heh.

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    It occurs to me that the Colt Woodsman Match Target has an arched grip at this point, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Wright
    It occurs to me that the Colt Woodsman Match Target has an arched grip at this point, also.

    Bob Wright

    Yes it does!! Man those are sweet little shooters!!!!

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    Mine has a flat mainspring housing, but........I have the little plastic arched housing in the box. Obviously they can be changed out. I inherited the one I have several years ago. I grew up shooting that pistol and it was (and is) a great shooter. I'll edit a picture in this post later.

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    I like the flat.

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    All my 45's have the flat one, all my wifes 45's have the arched one.

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    Re: Flat or Arched...

    Quote Originally Posted by jwkimber45
    ...mainspring housings???

    Its all personal preference, I like the flat. Seems to fit my hand better. All my 1911s have been changed to flat MS housing.
    I think in this day and time we may need to look at the BOBTAIL MSH along with the flat and arched as an option--the dang things feel good and conceal well--I have become a great fan of them.

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    I just read on the 1911 site that the original was flat. But during the transition from revolvers to semi-auto, many of the shooters were do used to the feel of the revolver grip, and they also tended to shoot low w/ the gun. Apparently, by having a round mainspring housing, this helped those folks adjust, and it also helps w/ people who shoot low using the flat one.

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    Re: Flat or Arched...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwkimber45
    ...mainspring housings???

    Its all personal preference, I like the flat. Seems to fit my hand better. All my 1911s have been changed to flat MS housing.
    I think in this day and time we may need to look at the BOBTAIL MSH along with the flat and arched as an option--the dang things feel good and conceal well--I have become a great fan of them.

    RJ
    I haven't had the opportunity to play with bobtail 1911 as of yet. I'd like to.

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    Re: Flat or Arched...

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    I haven't had the opportunity to play with bobtail 1911 as of yet. I'd like to.[/quote]

    I got an email from a friend in Tenn last night who told me he finally got to hold a fondle a BOBTAIL at the range yesterday and now saw why I had fell in love with them.
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    I bobtailed a KIMBER CDP PRO CARRY II, these are already melted for carry and with the bobtail it is one sweet carry piece.
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    JS needs to bobtail his kimber

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck
    JS needs to bobtail his kimber
    What exactly is "bobtailing"...? and does it hurt...? 8)

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    CDP JUST LIKE JS'S BUT

    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck
    JS needs to bobtail his kimber
    This is what JS"S would look like with the BOBTAIL--no did not hurt--it never flinched
    [IMG:640:480:e64d6dfab3]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b138/RONJ38/723350f0.jpg[/img:e64d6dfab3]

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    Who did that for you? What about mags... Do have to alter them to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by js
    Who did that for you? What about mags... Do have to alter them to?
    I did the BOBTAIL work and US Anodizing did the frame for me after I finished--any mag that works before the change will work after the change just as is.

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    Yes, any mags will work still. They just cut the frame and put in a custom mainspring housing. Ed Brown makes the parts, I believe.

    I have held an Ed Brown Kobra Karry w/ the bobtail, and it is sweet.

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