My thumbs still have indentions in them.
I have one question. Would it be a waste of money to upgrade to a Wilson Combat stainless steel barrel bushing and internal springs? The gun shoots damn good, don't get me wrong. I think that a stainless steel bushing would look good with that polished trigger. Then again, I almost hate to touch something that's already so good. Maybe a recoil buffer? I just want to waste money on this damn gun...lol Give me some ideas on what to do with this gun. Yes, I thought about wasting it on ammo too.
And please allow me to get on my soap box for a sec...
I bought this gun at Jim's Gun Jobbery, in Fayetteville. The gun was $659. Ended up costing $703.48 with tax. Ok, the Wilson Combat Magazine was $29 each. I also went down to Guns Plus, in Spring Lake, on the other side of Ft. Bragg. They had the same gun for $799 and the Wilson Combat Mags were $39 a piece. Not to mention, their selection of guns was pathetic. Didn't even come close to Jim's. You would think with all the radio advertising Guns Plus has on the radio, they would have better, competitive prices and a better selection.
Ditto springs. If your springs don't work, replace them. If they do work, for God's sake, don't replace them!
Recoil buffers are malfunction-inducers. Avoid them.
If your gun is the "GI" version with the teeny sights, there's where you can spend your money. Replace them with something decent, like Novak or Heinie. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, get tritium inserts. On the other hand, if your gun is the "Mil-Spec," it already has decent sights, plain black. They are fine sights that do not need to be replaced.
A trigger job is going to run you around a hundred bucks. Borrow a trigger scale from somebody. The trigger pull should be not less than 4 pounds, and not more than 5. If your gun has a 7 or 8 pound trigger pull (not uncommon in factory guns), then that's where you should spend your money.
A fighting pistol needs good sights and a good trigger. It needs to be reliable. Spending money on anything else is flushing money down the toilet. If the sights are already OK, save your money. If the trigger is already OK, save your money. If the gun is already 100% reliable, don't spend money trying to make it "more" reliable than 100% - that ain't gonna happen.
Looks? You're going to carry it concealed! Who cares how it looks?
I used shok buffs (the Wilson brand) on my 45s at the range. But, I wouldn't leave it on when I wanna use it for defense.
Also, U can get Tripp Research mag upgrade kids. U keep your mag and change out the follower and spring. I've used them, and they work great. His springs are much longer than the stock ones to insure reliable feeding.
Go to: www.trippresearch.com - be aware that he offers many services. But, I previously had a Springfield TRP - and some mags would not lock the slide back after the last round until I switched to these kits.
L8,leave the damn thing alone as you have a very good 1911.Invest in ammo,more Wilson mags,good leather,and range time. I got the low end Springfield mil-spec it goes bang when I pull the trigger but I'm the one that needs to put the $$$$ into this gun,sights trigger,beaver tail safety ect..... I want you to put 2000-5000 rds thru this thing and then think of what you want to do to improve it. You have 1 damn nice looking 1911 enjoy it for a while before you drop $$$$ into it,who knows you may not have to.Give us a 200rd range report! J.R.
P.S. if you don't have a CCW permit for N.C. invest your money that way!
Glad you got that CCW permit ,now find a good holster(I like inside waist myself,just make sure you can reholster it with 1 hand) PEARL GRIPS ,remember what George Patton had to say about them!They're ivory. Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol. J.R.
Last edited by J.R.; 12-29-2006 at 08:37 AM.