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Old 01-02-2010, 16:50   #21
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I am planning some upgrades for my first and only (so far) 1911.Heres my list:
Ext.Thumb Safety
Ext. Beavertail
Ext.Slide Release
Ext.Mag Release

Commander (skeleton) Hammer
Three Hole Match Trigger
Flat RMH (checkered)
Carry Bevel
This will be my primary HD/CCW gun.Any other suggestions ? Anything on my list not a good idea for a defensive 1911 ? Any other internal parts I should upgrade ?

ETA: Are any of these parts "drop in" that I could change myself ?
i'd get rid of those in red.

if you get something other than a spur hammer, you will need a new beavertail. SA uses a different beavertail cut (.220" vs .250"). i think S&A are the only ones that have drop-in beavertails with this cut.

getting a new hammer, you might as well buy a trigger kit to your liking, which will clean up the trigger pull

trigger is your choice. i prefer flat triggers over curved trigger now.

Get the Jerry Kuhnhausen manual and it should cover the parts that you want to install.
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Old 01-02-2010, 19:58   #22
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Sure, this makes financial sense. But maybe the OP wants his gun his way, maybe he has a limited budget and can only do so many things at a time. My upgraded and customized Mil-Spec is unique, and I have been offered more money (to sell) than the sum of its parts are worth. .
That's awesome! I've never seen it though! Money put in for custom work on a bottom tier 1911 in my area, never, never, brings in the same money as the more upper tier do of the same firearm line, Be it Springfield, Kimber, or Colt. Plus the fact if you let's say take a milspec, build it with all the bells and whistles to the Springfield top of the line, you will have more money spent than just buying the top of the line out right. If course like I mentioned, if one were to do the upgrades themselves, there would definitely have the pride of accomplishment in their build, but financially, like you said makes no sense. As does paying a gunsmith do add the bells and whistles. Financially anyway!
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Old 01-02-2010, 20:14   #23
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I thought about buying a S/A Loaded, which has most of the features I want in a 1911.However there are other things I don't like about the Loaded,like the front slide serrations as well as the size of the serrations.
I feel the same way. I thinking of snagging a SA Mil-Spec and simply installing a long trigger, spurred hammer and new sights. The front serrations on everything these days just doesn't do it for me. I am also thinking of doing the work myself, but have never done anything more than drop-in Glock parts before.

I agree that money spent on customizing a pistol is money you will never see in resale. I've spent maybe $7000 on my 2008 Dodge Hemi Charger adding tons of naturally aspirated power. I know full well I'll never see it back at resale and that it may well be a turn off to many buyers. I think the same is true with pistols. Personally, I avoid pistols other folks have had work done on, other than sights, finish or minor stuff. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 01-02-2010, 20:15   #24
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i'd get rid of those in red.

if you get something other than a spur hammer, you will need a new beavertail. SA uses a different beavertail cut (.220" vs .250"). i think S&A are the only ones that have drop-in beavertails with this cut.
So, If I ordered a replacement beavertail for a S/A Loaded it should drop right in ?
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Old 01-02-2010, 20:19   #25
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So, If I ordered a replacement beavertail for a S/A Loaded it should drop right in ?
kinda, you will still probably have to file the tang for the trigger block.

i'm also not sure if the frame tangs are the same from the mil-spec to Loaded

here's some reading on a mil-spec upgrade.

http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/2007...spec-1911.html

and somethign on the SA beavertails
http://www.harrisoncustom.com/TextDesc/Beavertail.htm

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kinda, you will still probably have to file the tang for the trigger block.

i'm also not sure if the frame tangs are the same from the mil-spec to Loaded

here's some reading on a mil-spec upgrade.

http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/2007...spec-1911.html

and somethign on the SA beavertails
http://www.harrisoncustom.com/TextDesc/Beavertail.htm
Thanks for the links Quack.Both are quite interesting.
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good info here
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kinda, you will still probably have to file the tang for the trigger block.

i'm also not sure if the frame tangs are the same from the mil-spec to Loaded

here's some reading on a mil-spec upgrade.

http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/2007...spec-1911.html

and somethign on the SA beavertails
http://www.harrisoncustom.com/TextDesc/Beavertail.htm
thanks for the link brother. very nice read for mil spec owners
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Just installled a Wilson Bullet Proof slide stop (thanks faawrenchbndr !) and ordered a Wilson Match Trigger.Next up will be a Wilson RMH (straight/checkered).
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When the time comes I am going to send mine to Springfield's custom shop for the work to be done on it.
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Old 01-09-2010, 21:04   #32
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I'm sort of behind the curve on 1911s having not owned one for a number of years, but starting to get the bug to get another one(s). For a CCW gun, I'd say this: After confirming that the gun shoots reliably in base trim with good hollow point ammo after a suitable break-in period, I'd give attention to the sights, grips, and the hammer/trigger.
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