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JTLIII
02-08-2010, 18:09
Well, after much thought and pondering, I finally purchasing a 1911. I had originally decided on a Springfield MC operator because I wanted a quality gun, with an accessory rail. Then I found a Surefire 310r, so I no longer needed a rail. I began looking at the Springfield 1911 parked loaded model, and thought this was it. So, I went to the gunshow this weekend with every intention to buy it until I came across the Rock Island GI 1911. It didn't have all the upgrades that the springfield did, but it was built well, and I'm no competition shooter, so getting match grade pistol wasn't necessary.

I ended up buying the RIA 1911 GI and LOVE it. I also bought a one piece guide rail for it and am ordering some other new parts or it such as:
Commander style hammer
Ambi thumb safety
some of the Wilson combat mags everyone yaks about
new GI type grips
and maybe a new trigger.

Some of you may think "why didn't he just get the tactical" and the answer is simple. The guys at the show were selling the tactical for $90 more than the GI and after pricing out all the changes I wanted, I am paying less for better brand accessories and getting exactly the gun I want.

Pictures to come when I find my camera charger.

PICTURES (sorry for cell phone quality)


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/punkrockpoet/Photo-0027.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/punkrockpoet/Photo-0028.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/punkrockpoet/Photo-0029.jpg

And this last one is just showing my absolute LOVE of the old Surefire series lights.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/punkrockpoet/Photo-0030.jpg

bac1023
02-08-2010, 18:13
Congrats!

Looking forward to the pics. :)

ronin.45
02-08-2010, 18:31
Great starter gun. Looks like you are well on your way to tricking it out too.

JTLIII
02-08-2010, 18:36
I am going for MEU SOC copy here. Not gonna go for the match barrel or different sights yet, gonna see how I do without. The surefire 310r is the key component and it should arrive in a few days.

I can't decide whether or not to do the beaver tail grip safety or not.

Anything else I should mod?

Cobra64
02-09-2010, 01:52
Congrats! :cool:

glock2740
02-09-2010, 07:26
Congrats!

Rinspeed
02-09-2010, 07:45
I am going for MEU SOC copy here. Not gonna go for the match barrel or different sights yet, gonna see how I do without. The surefire 310r is the key component and it should arrive in a few days.

I can't decide whether or not to do the beaver tail grip safety or not.

Anything else I should mod?




Before you spend the money on a new barrel you might want to have a match bushing fit to the barrel that is in it. Most barrels today are capable of some very good accuracy.

JTLIII
02-09-2010, 07:50
I will check out putting a match bushing. I bought the base model so that I could have extra funds for modding it. Plus, I dig the GI look.

jrs93accord
02-09-2010, 07:51
I just picked up a new 1911 myself. This is #26 though. I bought a used , excellent condition Kimber Tactical Custom II. It is the perfect compliment to my Ultra tactical II. I will have pics up later this afternoon complete with the red mulch (just for you Bac). BTW, great choice for your first 1911. I have three RIAs and I really like them.

den888
02-09-2010, 09:34
Congrats on the 1911...

JTLIII
02-09-2010, 12:40
Installed the Surefire 310r today. need to find my camera charger to take pics

Jim S.
02-09-2010, 15:30
Why do you want to use a full length guide rod?
(IMO) they just make it harder to take apart.
Hang on to the original parts for the day when you realize it was fine the way it came.

JTLIII
02-09-2010, 16:46
I prefer the full length guide rod models i've shot in the past. I'm not worried about dis assembly .. I don't mind taking a few minutes extra, it's not like I'll need to break it apart in combat, ya know? On my next 1911, I'll do no mods and use it as a comparison standard.

EDIT: Oh, and I am keepnig all parts

JTLIII
02-09-2010, 20:12
bump for pics

Nicko
02-10-2010, 03:36
Congrats :cool:

11bdad
02-10-2010, 05:48
Hope that "drop in" hammer works ok. I'm assuming you have fit a 1911 hammer and sear before.

Jim S.
02-10-2010, 16:47
Do yourself a favor and shoot it as is until it "breaks in".
Then if you're going to modify it you will have a good comparrison of the same gun.
You'd be surprised that some of the mods really have no real effect on how it shoots.

JTLIII
02-10-2010, 16:53
Hope that "drop in" hammer works ok. I'm assuming you have fit a 1911 hammer and sear before.

I have a gunsmith friend.

Also, I don't really intend to do many non-cosmetic mods to it.