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jmg1170
01-24-2010, 13:26
Hey guys,
I am some what new to the 1911 area and I got a few questions. I just picked up a used 1991a1 compact. It does not have a full length guide rod. Can I change that ? Also, it has a plastic trigger that although I love the trigger pull, I cant stant a plastic trigger. What trigger should I put in it.

tango44
01-24-2010, 14:32
Do you have pics of the gun please?
Thank you.
As for the trigger I like Wilson's Competition match trigger.

Jim S.
01-24-2010, 21:43
You can put any aftermarket trigger in it. Get one with an overtravel adjustment.
The guiderod can be changed to a full length rod but it is not necessary.
I've actually gone back to stock set ups from the full length because it eliminates the need for tools when stripping the gun.
I would get a Wolff service pack for the gun and at least have all new springs in it.

HAIL CAESAR
01-26-2010, 00:24
You can put any aftermarket trigger in it. Get one with an overtravel adjustment.
The guiderod can be changed to a full length rod but it is not necessary.
I've actually gone back to stock set ups from the full length because it eliminates the need for tools when stripping the gun.
I would get a Wolff service pack for the gun and at least have all new springs in it.

I was going to say the EXACT same thing.

Jim S.
01-26-2010, 15:25
I was going to say the EXACT same thing.

Word for word?
The odds of that must be astronomical. :supergrin:

HAIL CAESAR
01-26-2010, 15:37
Word for word?
The odds of that must be astronomical. :supergrin:

Well not word for word. I would have a more southern twist to it.:wavey:

SouthpawShootr
01-26-2010, 17:17
This model has been gone from the Colt lineup for a long time time. So long that some may not be familiar with it. This design is the same as the Officer's ACP. In a stock setup, the recoil spring is held in place by a plug with a small tab in it. A small area is milled in the slide for the tab. The plug does not bear against the barrel bushing at all. That becomes a problem when that tab breaks and plug and spring go downrange. Reverse plug were available that came with a full-length guiderod. I don't think I've seen any aftermarket ones without the FL guiderod. When using aftermarket systems, it's usually necessary to remove a small area off the lower part of the slide to make room for the shelf of the plug. A couple models out there did not require it, but most did.

I don't know how big a problem that tab was. There were some complaints.

Jim S.
01-26-2010, 17:41
Well not word for word. I would have a more southern twist to it.:wavey:

Y'all could put any afta ma-kit trigga in 'er.
Just kidding.

OVERTHEHILLGUY
02-03-2010, 19:32
Have you ever experienced a recoil spring go "down range" ?:faint:

jrs93accord
02-03-2010, 19:59
This is one I bought from my little brother last year.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea_08/jamesrea09/DSC00801.jpg

To me, it is a nice pistol. It is a real joy to shoot.

OVERTHEHILLGUY
02-03-2010, 23:08
That is a GREAT pistol!! JMB would be proud.

p.s. good photo. thanks

jb1911
01-21-2012, 09:46
Here's mine:

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6108/6215125329_40bc9ca9a0_z.jpg

All the parts I replaced were from Wilson Combat.

B_RAD
01-21-2012, 09:51
This is one I bought from my little brother last year.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea_08/jamesrea09/DSC00801.jpg

To me, it is a nice pistol. It is a real joy to shoot.

I had one just like this one. I loved it! I wouldn't change a thing! Except not using the factory mags.

PawDog
01-21-2012, 10:20
I bought mine this past November at a local gun show, paid $430.00 OTD. I changed the trigger and grip safety, both Wilson Combat "drop in" parts which only took minor filing/fitting on the grip safety trigger engagement arm. Found the Herrett Colt grips, and recently changed the grip screws to Wilson hex.

I've only fired about 50 rounds through it since the modifications, but the Wilson match trigger is a great improvement over the original plastic. Sweet shooting little pistol, and Metalform mags work fine with it.


http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p131/Pawdog_album/2fb5052e.jpg

Bodyarmorguy
01-21-2012, 12:44
This is one I bought from my little brother last year.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea_08/jamesrea09/DSC00801.jpg

Mine started out stock just like that, it became my retirement gift from my original police job. Then it went to Dave Erickson at Condition One.

I still have a bone stock Officers ACP sitting in the safe as well.

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z251/bodyarmorguy/DSC_1741.jpg
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z251/bodyarmorguy/DSC_1742.jpg
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z251/bodyarmorguy/DSC_1743.jpg
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z251/bodyarmorguy/DSC_1749.jpg

Bodyarmorguy
01-21-2012, 12:49
In a stock setup, the recoil spring is held in place by a plug with a small tab in it. A small area is milled in the slide for the tab. The plug does not bear against the barrel bushing at all. That becomes a problem when that tab breaks and plug and spring go downrange.

I don't know how big a problem that tab was. There were some complaints.

This is one of those urban/internet stories. I have yet to know anyone that it actually happened to. It was always someone's friend's brothers girlfriend's father's gun that it happened to. I am not saying that it hasn't/can't happened, just don't know anyone who it personally happened to.

jb1911
01-21-2012, 14:59
This is one of those urban/internet stories. I have yet to know anyone that it actually happened to. It was always someone's friend's brothers girlfriend's father's gun that it happened to. I am not saying that it hasn't/can't happened, just don't know anyone who it personally happened to.

I agree. I've had mine for about 15 years now with no problem.

Georgia Patriot
01-22-2012, 23:04
They ARE prone to launching the front sight into your forehead, though.

jb1911
01-22-2012, 23:16
They ARE prone to launching the front sight into your forehead, though.

No comprendo

Georgia Patriot
01-22-2012, 23:49
It's an issue that many of them have. The front sight can work loose and fly off while shooting. I've experienced it twice with mine. And in a thread a few months ago, fnfalman had it happen with one he had just bought.

fnfalman
01-23-2012, 00:11
It's an issue that many of them have. The front sight can work loose and fly off while shooting. I've experienced it twice with mine. And in a thread a few months ago, fnfalman had it happen with one he had just bought.

It was easily fixed by a competent gunsmith. The M1991A1 series were not known to be of great fit n finish. They were cheap for a reason. However, they are still solid pistols that can be worked on by any gunsmith.

jb1911
01-23-2012, 08:45
It's an issue that many of them have. The front sight can work loose and fly off while shooting. I've experienced it twice with mine. And in a thread a few months ago, fnfalman had it happen with one he had just bought.

I wasn't aware of that.

ca survivor
01-28-2012, 14:20
This is one of those urban/internet stories. I have yet to know anyone that it actually happened to. It was always someone's friend's brothers girlfriend's father's gun that it happened to. I am not saying that it hasn't/can't happened, just don't know anyone who it personally happened to.
It happen to me, but a long time ago mid 70s, maybe the tab was smaller then...