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1911 build

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by sandman1212, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    I recently picked up a RIA 1911 Officer that I love. I am thinking about doing some upgrades to it though, trigger, springs etc.
    What parts or advice do you have for the best way to approach this?
     
  2. Samurai

    Samurai Monroe, Wa. Member

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    What's your skill level? Are you just looking to drop in some parts, or are you tuning the trigger pull? I don't usually replace springs, unless they're worn, until I've squared and polished the engagement surfaces. That process by itself can take ounces to pounds off a trigger pull, and make it crisp. Then you can decide if you want lighter springs.
    Jason
     
  3. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Y mess up a already good piece. It comes with many modern improvements. If needed, you could have or hone the sharp or burred surfaces with an Arkansas stone, maybe use a different recoil spring to fit you comfort level and still operate the slide, and adjust your custom loads if you reload. You can tweek about anything on the 1911, but sometimes the results are less impressive than the original.. A person with many to tell stories about..
     
  4. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    Samurai,
    I am a newbie to the 1911 scene, in both being an owner and smithing them. I have heard of the buff and polishing that alot speak of, I just haven't but it works great so I really didn't think I needed to do that. I really just want some drop in parts but I am not real knowledgeable on good parts. The things I want to upgrade would be the trigger, sights and grips. all the ones on it work great, but...

    Happy,
    I dont reload, but and I THINK the recoil spring works fine, I was thinking more trigger...
     
  5. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    1911's are what I work on, mostly tuning and reliability work...yer welcome to the shop anytime, and we can go over the gun...no charge.

    Drop me a PM, and I'll lave ya my contact info.
     
  6. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    PM sent!!!