I took a plunge. I have developed a strong affinity for the 1911 design. I own one, want more. Ha ha ha! So, I decided that I am going to make my next one. It's going to be assembled largely from GI spec parts. I have almost everything parts wise to make a whole gun on order. Anyone on here built one before? I have some acquaintances who have lent me knowledge, and willing to even lend me tools for some of it. Worst to worst, I know a gunsmith who could do some of the more complex fitting operations for me. The basic run down: Armscor frame and slide. I own a RIA Tactical, I love the gun. STI uses Armscor frames, slides, and barrels in their Spartan model. RIA are nice for the price, and it's good enough for STI... it's good enough for me. Going to use mostly GI spec guts. I plan to recess my slide stop, and add a bolt on magwell, and an oversized mag release button. Stadard GI grip safety, safety, spur hammer (going to bob this a little). I am using Novak style sights, but I intend to blend them to the slide a bit as well. Going to have to do a lot of reading, and have a lot of patience. I also think that I will snub up my slide release lever a little, sort of mimic the slide release on the Springer Professional. Going to use a bull/conical barrel and reverse plug combo. I have read that flange type reverse plugs "retrofit" to a regular slide...so I am going to explore this. Very likely will use a full length guide rod to keep some extra weight out under the muzzle to keep flip down. Might as well go the extra step and use Allen head grip screws. They look good, so why not? Also thinking of adding an STI match trigger, instead of the GI trigger... or I can try my hand at skeltonizing the thing. The over-travel adjustment screw might be a nice touch though. I think that I am also going to do a basic dehorning of any rough edges I find. Probably use cold blue to protect the metal until I can apply a full finish. Basically mimic some of the features found on the higher end spectrum of 1911s by doing what can be done myself. Finishing is where I am a little confused about what route to take. Duracoat and Durabake both go over a parkerized finish well. Though, I am also looking into Aluma Hyde II, and Gun-Kote from Brownell's as options. Ease of application and durability is key here. Need more research. Anyone have experiences to share? This is being built as a fun gun, with a handful of my own touches to personalize it. This is my first 1911 build, but I am not a stranger to guns, or taking guns down here and there (mostly rifles though).