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.
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.
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Once you gut it its really a simple design.
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
Detail stripped my Remington R1, added a shock-buff, and replaced the trigger.
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.
To become good at certain gunsmithing talents, you sometimes have to ruin a few more then you fix,lol.
Gearing up to bobtail tonight. Second time doing it. :-)
Detail clean and strip
Thumb safety replacement
Grip safety replacement
Dehorning or melding
Full on custom work
ALL of the above, plus a few others.
Over the years I've learned to do it all myself. 1911 is a great platform and is easy to work on. Just go slow, check your work often and you can do almost everything.