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Picked up my Colt Govt 1911: How to customize?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I picked up the Colt Government 1911 I had put on lay-a-way with the money I received from selling my SA GI.45 1911.

    Now I need to decide how many changes I want to make to it. I know I am going to replace the plastic MSH, rubber grips, and the black trigger. I just need to decide how much further I want to go.

    Do I want to leave it pretty traditional with the old style trigger, sights, and grip safety...or do I want to upgrade them as well and really make this my own custom 1911.

    What do you think? Look at these pics and suggest what you would change and what you would leave the same. :)

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  2. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Leave it the way it was meant to be. Then proceed to sell it to me :D
     
  3. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    I would shoot it, then see what you might like to change.
     
  4. The Dude

    The Dude The 206, WA Member

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    If it was mine and I was gonna customize (not sure I would either), I'd likely throw on a skeletonized hammer or maybe a STI square hammer, a Nighthawk custom match trigger and maybe a different grip safety. Oh and a flux capacitor...can't forget the flux capacitor.
     
  5. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    No chance. Those flux capacitors are nothing but trouble. Every trans-luminal vessel I have ever been on with one has experienced problems because of them. Not to mention the problems time machines have with them. I think I will stick to using a uranium pew-36 explosive space modulator if I decide to upgrade it at all. :D
     
  6. Hotwheelz

    Hotwheelz Pierce County Member

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    I allways put in a wilson combat beavertail grip saftey http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/st...itle=1911 AUTO DROP-IN BEAVERTAIL GRIP SAFETY
    this will allow your hand to ride higher on the gun and if you have big hands like mine keep you from getting bit by the slide once in awhile. You will need to either bob your hammer or get a commander style hammer ..

    Next would be a cylinder and slide trigger pull kit http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=5502&st=206-103-052aa&s=12767 these parts seem to fit up very well with very minor fitting needed plus it comes with the commander hammer needed for your beveartail grip saftey.

    This how a run mine. hope that helps.
     
  7. Hill

    Hill pnw Member

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    You need to get a stainless mainspring housing, and aluminum trigger, and a stainless wide spur hammer.

    Otherwise it's good.

    If you want to have ambi-safeties use the Kimber product. You don't need milled out grips or the ugly keeper that goes under the grip.
     
  8. tuckerha

    tuckerha Tucson, Arizona Member

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    Would go with an extended thumb safety, new trigger, Smith and Alexander MSH, and Kings Hardball sights. Simple and functional.
     
  9. rhtwist

    rhtwist South Florida Member

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    If the tang doesn't wear the web of your hand, nothing.
    rhtwist
     
  10. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Once I changed out the serrated plastic MSH for a checkered stainless one and replaced the grip I found I really liked the way it looked. So I just left it the way it is now. :)

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