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KalashniKEV
07-14-2010, 16:06
As requested by the master, here are some pics of my latest acquisition:

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r220/Kalashnikev/IMG_0317.jpg

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r220/Kalashnikev/IMG_0312.jpg

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r220/Kalashnikev/IMG_0323.jpg

I really rolled the dice on this one... pics were total crap, but the price seemed OK.

I actually came across it after I saw a High Standard GI on ARFCOM EE for a truly awesome price. I've always really liked them, because despite being one of the lower tier guns, I think they have about the third or so classiest roll mark out there... after any real GI 1911 or M1911A1 that is.

Before I could pull the trigger on the HS though, I had to see what else was available on the market at the time... y'know, for the sake of due diligence...

I checked out a few real GI's, then came across the one above. Price was comparable to a HS, due to the Essex frame, and I knew I wanted a lanyard loop mainspring housing. Also, the upgraded sights were a bonus too, b/c I like that, but it's not something I'd do to a 100% original gun (of course). Also I'm going to shoot the crap out of this thing, and don't want to devalue or destroy a genuine USGI.

All in all I'm very pleased with it. There was substantial pitting on all parts other than the frame, though they appear servicable. I guess that just proves they're USGI!

bac1023
07-14-2010, 16:20
That looks awesome. :thumbsup:

Congrats on a great 1911A1. The parkerizing looks to be in very nice shape.

I have a RR myself. Looks terrific, but it has been reparked at some point over the years.


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/034.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/041.jpg

KalashniKEV
07-14-2010, 16:31
OK... I'll admit to being jealous... :)

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r220/Kalashnikev/Remington-Rand%20on%20Essex/19112.jpg

KalashniKEV
07-14-2010, 16:36
I'm definitely going to swap out the rear sight for something more plain though... and 3 dot...

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r220/Kalashnikev/Remington-Rand%20on%20Essex/1911.jpg

I'm thinking perhaps this:

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=836531

I don't know if my front sight is "high profile" though and I def don't want some crazy POI like on my first SA Milspec... (junker)

jrs93accord
07-14-2010, 16:37
My 1944 Remington Rand

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea_08/jamesrea09/DSC00696.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea_08/jamesrea09/DSC00697.jpg

KalashniKEV
07-14-2010, 16:44
jrs93,

NICE!

If I ever repark, I'd like to go as light as possible. Don't know if I ever will though, since then I'd lose all the beautiful wear I'd earned...

BTW... still very happy, but this is the rest of the story...

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r220/Kalashnikev/IMG_0319.jpg

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r220/Kalashnikev/IMG_0320.jpg

jrs93accord
07-14-2010, 16:57
This is a 1943 Ithaca that has been reparked.

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/4182/004uv.jpg (http://img716.imageshack.us/i/004uv.jpg/)

It also sports an original unused High Standard USGI barrel. Reparking really spruces up the looks of a pistol. Unfortunately, it can harm the value of some guns. The USGI 1911s are a fine example. If this Ithaca still had it original finish intact (even with wear), it would be worth around $2K. Since it was reparked, it cut the value in about half.

KalashniKEV
07-14-2010, 17:22
Very nice...

BTW, am I the only one who thinks 1911s don't look right w/ the hammer down?

:supergrin:

LRB2GZ
07-14-2010, 17:59
Nice 1911s everyone. I'd love to have a real USGI, but until then my Springfield will suffice I guess.

bac1023
07-14-2010, 18:21
This is a 1943 Ithaca that has been reparked.

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/4182/004uv.jpg (http://img716.imageshack.us/i/004uv.jpg/)




Very nice James.

I've got an Ithaca myself. Reparked, but otherwise pretty much original.

Its not quite as clean as my Remington Rand though, as this has minor pitting. My RR is about pristine from that standpoint.


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/037.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/039.jpg

Hokie1911
07-14-2010, 18:25
Very nice...

BTW, am I the only one who thinks 1911s don't look right w/ the hammer down?


How about hammer down.....SAFETY DOWN? Cocked and unlocked baby, yeeeeehaaaaaah.
:woohoo:

http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac6/HokiePS7/5eb18d6f.jpg

bac1023
07-14-2010, 18:36
How about hammer down.....SAFETY DOWN? Cocked and unlocked baby, yeeeeehaaaaaah.
:woohoo:




:rofl:

Yeah, that's the proper way to carry. ;)

KalashniKEV
07-14-2010, 18:39
How about hammer down.....SAFETY DOWN? Cocked and unlocked baby, yeeeeehaaaaaah.
:woohoo:

I get what you mean, but that's "hammer back..."

;)

Hokie1911
07-14-2010, 22:44
:rofl:

Yeah, that's the proper way to carry. ;)

Those geniuses in that other thread convinced me. :rofl:

Hokie1911
07-14-2010, 22:45
I get what you mean, but that's "hammer back..."

;)

LOL, true. I was over-enthusiastic in my sarcasm.

bac1023
07-15-2010, 05:28
Those geniuses in that other thread convinced me. :rofl:

:rofl:

samuse
07-15-2010, 20:21
It was before my time, but a company (maybe Essex) bought up a bunch of G.I. slides and small parts, then assembled the guns into what you have and they sold like that. Someone here probably knows/remembers. Nice piece, I'd agree on replacing the sights. Factory Colt's should fit. Cheap from Brownell's.

KalashniKEV
07-16-2010, 09:35
It was before my time, but a company (maybe Essex) bought up a bunch of G.I. slides and small parts, then assembled the guns into what you have and they sold like that. Someone here probably knows/remembers. Nice piece, I'd agree on replacing the sights. Factory Colt's should fit. Cheap from Brownell's.

Yeah, I've seen a few like that in pics and for sale... I was wondering if there was a company that did it or if there were once GI Parts Kits available for 1911s.

The sights have become my big issue. I haven't shot it yet, and wouldn't change anything before that, but the front sight is damaged on the left rear corner and the rear is crooked and/or unevenly drifted.

I suppose the question is what direction do I want to take it- 3-dot standard looking or 3 dot Novak style and do I want to go tritium. I think I like the Novak style, but I'm pinned in the front and standard dovetail in the rear, so that might be out.

Also need to find someone who can do the work good and inexpensively, which I know there are a lot of good smiths around here who work on all the crochety defense contractors 1911s... :supergrin:

samuse
07-17-2010, 14:30
JMO, but I think the gun would look best with some factory Colt sights or maybe a 10-8NM or Harrison Retro rear. Dovetailing the front would look ok. I just don't think an old school gun looks good with the slide milled for a Novak or any sight that extends out to the back of the slide. I'd keep it old-school. If your hell-bent on 3 dots, and you like tritium, Trijicon makes night sights that fit the rear dovetail and stake in the front. They'd still keep it lookin' kinda retro.

Jim Watson
07-17-2010, 16:05
I don't see the point of changing sights. The ones on there are bold and clear. Does it shoot where they look?