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Cobra64
03-02-2010, 02:38
Ever since I was bit by the 1911 bug, I've had a yearning for an older, "classic" 1911. This Colt 1911 WWI 1918 reproduction seemed like the way to go, and after a thorough cleaning and oil change, I'm guessing the fit and finish are probably about what it was 92 years ago.

The slide to frame fit is tighter than I expected for a $1k 1911, but trigger is awful at about a 200#. Before ordering this pistol, I had been discussing with Bac and two other 1911 afficionados in using this as a donor for the likes of which a Ted Yost or Chuck Warner could turn into a sweet shooting pistol. The focus will be almost entirely dedicated to the internals; but being a lefty, an ambi-safety is on the list (ugh), and most likely having the slide detailed to dress up the roll markings. There's $1,200 left in the budget for gunsmith work.

When the weather warms up it's off to the range to measure accuracy and gauge satisfaction quotient.


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/RIGHT10.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/LEFT10.jpg




http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/BOTTOM10.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/TRIGGER-RIGHT.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/TRIGGER-LEFT.jpg






Bac, you may want to post your Yost as a reference for our friends.

bac1023
03-02-2010, 04:46
Congrats on your first Colt 1911 Cobra!

It looks great :thumbsup:

bac1023
03-02-2010, 04:48
Bac, you may want to post your Yost as a reference for our friends.


Sure.


Here's the same 1911 with Ted Yost's retro custom package!


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_1689.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_1692.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_1693.jpg

Brucev
03-02-2010, 06:42
Help me I think I've fallen... in love.

Officer's Match
03-02-2010, 07:06
Even though she doesn't really know you, my wife officially hates you guys. :supergrin:

Thanks for sharing fella's.

faawrenchbndr
03-02-2010, 07:07
:drool: Another keyboard ruined,...........:faint:

Looooooookssss grrrrreaaaaaa

Tactical black
03-02-2010, 08:52
Congrats I like it looks like another gun gets added to my wish list:supergrin:

faawrenchbndr
03-02-2010, 09:48
Even though she doesn't really know you, my wife officially hates you guys. :supergrin:

Thanks for sharing fella's.

Mine REALLY dislikes Bac'

Cobra64
03-02-2010, 12:03
Sure.

Here's the same 1911 with Ted Yost's retro custom package!

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_1692.jpg



Thanks Bac.

You guys may be wondering about my comment regarding "dressing up roll markings..." If you compare Bac's above, and this (realizing the finishes are different), you'll see a world of difference.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/P1030442.jpg


It's still snowing here in western, NC so it will be a few days before I get to shoot it.

.

Cobra64
03-02-2010, 12:07
Help me I think I've fallen... in love.

:rofl:

Me too - most likely after trigger surgery. :)

Cobra64
03-02-2010, 12:09
Even though she doesn't really know you, my wife officially hates you guys. :supergrin:

Thanks for sharing fella's.

Well, based on some of the shots you've shared with us, we're sure you're getting lucky on a regular basis. :supergrin:

Cobra64
03-02-2010, 12:13
:drool: Another keyboard ruined,...........:faint:

Looooooookssss grrrrreaaaaaa

Thanks Greg, and yeah, 1911s have that effect on us. :supergrin:

Cobra64
03-02-2010, 12:14
Mine REALLY dislikes Bac'

Bac's okay... but I like his guns better. :rofl:

Jason D
03-02-2010, 17:16
Very nice


Sure.


Here's the same 1911 with Ted Yost's retro custom package!


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_1689.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_1692.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_1693.jpg

How many kidneys would you take in trade?
I only have two, so keep that in mind.

Cobra64
03-02-2010, 17:30
Very nice

How many kidneys would you take in trade?
I only have two, so keep that in mind.

No kidneys. Since Bac gets a 17-1/2% commission from every 1911 pistolsmith in North America and free work, there's little financial sacrifice on his part.

andy4731
03-02-2010, 17:58
Nice Choice.

I think you will be quite surprised by the accuracy of this pistol. I have one of these in Carbonia Blue, and it happens to be the most accurate of all of my 1911's past and present. I managed to put 2 rounds touching in the 5 ring (center mass) of our qual target at 25 yards just using the crappy little sights. This pistol performed better than my tuned TRP, XSE Combat Commander and a couple of other 1911's all of which I have sold.

I think it would make a nice project as a donor pistol. I really love the look of the Yost retro package.

Let us know what you think when you shoot it.

Be Safe.

Andy

Cobra64
03-02-2010, 18:11
Nice Choice.

I think you will be quite surprised by the accuracy of this pistol. I have one of these in Carbonia Blue, and it happens to be the most accurate of all of my 1911's past and present. I managed to put 2 rounds touching in the 5 ring (center mass) of our qual target at 25 yards just using the crappy little sights. This pistol performed better than my tuned TRP, XSE Combat Commander and a couple of other 1911's all of which I have sold.

I think it would make a nice project as a donor pistol. I really love the look of the Yost retro package.

Let us know what you think when you shoot it.

Be Safe.

Andy

Thanks Andy. I'll be looking into Yost and a few others. Though Yost does appear to be more 1911 centric than some of the other gunsmiths.

bac1023
03-02-2010, 18:22
Even though she doesn't really know you, my wife officially hates you guys. :supergrin:

Thanks for sharing fella's.

Mine REALLY dislikes Bac'



:animlol:

bac1023
03-02-2010, 18:22
Bac's okay... but I like his guns better. :rofl:

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

bac1023
03-02-2010, 18:24
No kidneys. Since Bac gets a 17-1/2% commission from every 1911 pistolsmith in North America and free work, there's little financial sacrifice on his part.

:laughabove:

bac1023
03-02-2010, 18:25
Thanks Andy. I'll be looking into Yost and a few others. Though Yost does appear to be more 1911 centric than some of the other gunsmiths.

He's one of the best, Cobra.

I'd put him in the top 10 for sure. :cool:

Cobra64
03-02-2010, 18:39
He's one of the best, Cobra.

I'd put him in the top 10 for sure. :cool:I'm sure he is. If you want to underwrite $1,300 of the $2,500 custom work, I'll let you shoot it. :rofl:

faawrenchbndr
03-02-2010, 18:41
:animlol:

It's all because of that Heirloom Colt,........:dunno:

bac1023
03-02-2010, 19:32
It's all because of that Heirloom Colt,........:dunno:

:embarassed:

Thanks!

Its one of my favorite handguns, 1911 or otherwise.

bac1023
03-02-2010, 19:35
Thanks Bac.

You guys may be wondering about my comment regarding "dressing up roll markings..." If you compare Bac's above, and this (realizing the finishes are different), you'll see a world of difference.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/P1030442.jpg


It's still snowing here in western, NC so it will be a few days before I get to shoot it.

.

Yeah, the stock Colt roll markings are always a bit course. Yost really smoothed them out when bead blasting and rebluing the slide and frame.

Gun art at its finest. :)

bac1023
03-08-2010, 22:23
http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/017-1.jpg

Eyescream
03-09-2010, 05:31
I always thought the O1918 replica was as pure an example of 1911s as we're likely to get from a manufacturer, even down to the janky lines on the slide. I like the tiny enhancements that Yost did to the frame and slide, straightening things up. Appearance-wise that's all it really needs anyway.

Annoyedgrunt
03-09-2010, 08:10
I'm surprised to hear that you don't like the trigger. I have the same pistol, and stock, it's trigger is better and lighter than my Springfield Mil-Spec that's already had a trigger-lightening job!

bac1023
03-09-2010, 08:58
Cobra, here's a pic of my Yost so you can see the gold inlay front sight and the unique Yost rear sight. It gives a great sight picture without losing the USGI style.


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/005-8.jpg

ijacek
03-09-2010, 10:11
Cobra, here's a pic of my Yost so you can see the gold inlay front sight and the unique Yost rear sight. It gives a great sight picture without losing the USGI style.


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/005-8.jpg

Ok, enough already!!! I am still paying for my last purchase (http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1194524), and really, really like what I am seeing here!

bac1023
03-09-2010, 10:16
Ok, enough already!!! I am still paying for my last purchase (http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1194524), and really, really like what I am seeing here!

:rofl:

Thanks. That was my last pic. :embarassed:

PlasticGuy
03-09-2010, 10:57
I'll be looking into Yost and a few others. Though Yost does appear to be more 1911 centric than some of the other gunsmiths.
I love Yost's style. Understated excellence is his specialty, and it's perfect for a handgun design that is beautiful in its original unmolested form. He's also a very nice guy. I met him and talked to him for a little while at the SHOT Show this year. His success has not gone to his head, and he is very friendly and personable. As far as building and rebuilding classically styled 1911's, I can't think of a person I'd rather have working on my pistol.

TexasVine
03-09-2010, 11:34
Very nice gun. This is terrible, I haven't even got my new 1911 yet and I'm wanting more. Thanks guys!

Cobra64
03-09-2010, 12:18
I love Yost's style. Understated excellence is his specialty, and it's perfect for a handgun design that is beautiful in its original unmolested form. He's also a very nice guy. I met him and talked to him for a little while at the SHOT Show this year. His success has not gone to his head, and he is very friendly and personable. As far as building and rebuilding classically styled 1911's, I can't think of a person I'd rather have working on my pistol.Thanks for the Yost kudos, since I'm "shopping" for a top notch 1911 gunsmith.