I wanted to put together a nice 1911 as a gift for my nephew who is currently deployed on his fourth tour in Afghanistan. I started with a nice parkerized Springfield Loaded that I picked up from kindly forum member. I wanted to do as much of the work myself as possible to show my appreciation for his years of service to this country. Well I am done with it and I think it came out rather well. I even managed to picked some new skills along the way. I am going to build another one as soon as I can pick up another base gun and see if I can expand my meager 1911 skill set... Got another nephew that just joined the marines as well and will be heading off to basic training after graduation. Kinda of Ironic that I got this back from the coaters on Veterans day weekend. I know that when my nephew will be blown away when he returns from Afghanistan. I fitted and installed/fitted the following after i completely stripped it down and cleaned everything. Ed Brown Ambi safety Ed Brown hard core slide stop Fusion Magwell Fusion trigger Ed brown over sized Bushing. New Night sights. New springs throughout. Trigger I had smoothed and reduced to a nice and crisp 4.5Lbs by a local gunsmith, This is beyond my current skills and since my nephew will likely carry this during active duty. I did not want to mess with it. Grips are custom Larry Davidson's with his USMC unit logo, Finish is Norrels Gray Green over SOCOM flat black. The camera flash made the black a little more glossy than is really is.