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[–] BLOODandHONOUR 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I smith these guns on the regular and my advice to you (unless you are buying a name specifically) is to buy something like this and then replace some internals and polish the inside surfaces until it is buttery smooth. No one should be paying that much for a 1911. Especially one that is too tight and will lock up from a few grains of sand. Let me know if you have any questions about building one from an 80% as well or if you are having any problems with your 1911s.

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[–] JunOS 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

replace some internals

Care to share which ones? Appreciate the info!

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[–] BLOODandHONOUR 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Most 1911s come with ok parts but if you want to dress her up a bit and make it sexy you can do a few things to any 1911 and make it feel nicer than a WC. It varies on the manufacturer so you'll have to feel and shoot the gun. 1911s are great that way where it is easy to feel everything about the pistol. Here are some popular things that I replace.

Leaf Spring (there are far better ones out there that take tuning better and can give a different feel on the grip safety and of course the trigger reset).

Trigger (or polish all contacts in lieu of replacing. Some guys like different trigger styles as there are many)

Hammer and Sear (or just file new contacts into them to achieve a nice break)

Main spring (for lighter trigger pull)

Ejector (sometimes they just didn't tune it right so you can either tune it yourself or get a new one and put a nice bend in it).

Sometimes but not usually the barrel. You might have to do some more than usual fitting to get a stock barrel to drop in nicely.

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[–] YoHomie 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

^ this please.

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[–] phenomenaldouche 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

^ I'm with this guy.

After shooting piles of different 1911s over the years, I've seen a surprisingly large number of ultra-expensive customs that lock up if they get a little dirty or you look at them wrong because the bragged about tightness and tolerances don't allow much room for error.

Nothing like watching someone have a series of jams on their fourth or fifth magazine they're putting through their new Wilson Combat X9 or Kobra Carry or whatever that they paid >$2500 while some guy in the next lane is putting the 600th round through his Rock Island beater that he hasn't cleaned since he bought it.

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[–] White_pride_cis 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You say Rock Island beater (as did I), but my 1911A2 is hands down the best 1911 I have shot. Most people that have shot mine agree. It could always be a one off, but when I was stationed in FL, the RM said the same thing.

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[–] CRKT_M16Z 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Any opinions on Rock Island Armory 1911s?

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[–] BLOODandHONOUR 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

They are good guns and generally don't have any reliability issues. Occasionally I have had ones that had problems feeding certain ammo but that can be fixed by adjusting the ramp a bit and possibly getting a new barrel to fit although this is a rare instance for sure. Generally with RIA you don't really need to do anything. The triggers are usually heavy but you can tweak anything you want easily on these guns. You should view my comment above https://voat.co/v/guns/2367267/11776336 about what internals you can expect to replace or polish up for a better, more expensive feel.

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[–] Dark_Shroud 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I can't speak to their quality but they have limited resale value.

Colt if you want it work out of the box and retain value. Otherwise Springfield.

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[–] MyNameIsMud 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Damn I should have talked to you before getting my MC Operator. I do love that gun though. Cost me an arm and a leg.

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[–] BLOODandHONOUR 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thats ok, we all learn. You didn't buy any piece of shit or anything. That gun will last you a lifetime.

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[–] Dark_Shroud 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Kimbers are not worth the money. They get rust problems that cheaper Rock Island firearms do not have.

Springfield are quality.

Beyond that Colt is a good choice that won't break the bank while actually working and retaining it's value.

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[–] Glockamole 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Springfield for sure. I used to sell guns and we had send back more then a few Kimbers back for having rusted barrels from the factory.

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[–] Nietzsche__ 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Springfield loaded has night sights that are much more useful than those on the range officer. Also some other nice extras.

A few gunsmithing stones and a jig will let you perfect the trigger.

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[–] BarneyAndFriends 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I always shill for Springfield when these discussions come up. Just because I’ve owned and loved several. I have a 1911 that I bought in 2006. After a few years I had to replace the magazines because of jamming. Other than that it’s been reliable and accurate. It’s my go to gun for home protection over any of my other pistols.

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[–] AynRandPaulRyan 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That’s a tough decision. I’ve got the Kimber and have found it to be an accurate, reliable, well finished pistol. I only chose the Kimber over the Range Officer because mine came from the factory threaded for a suppressor.

The RO does have quite a few advantages however. It’s got great adjustable sights where the Kimber’s are fixed. It also comes with an extra magazine or two, and I believe even a holster in the box. It shoots just as well as the Kimber as is probably slightly more rugged.

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[–] clamhurt_legbeard 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

CMP is about to start releasing surplus 1911s.

Just another tidbit for you.

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[–] Iblis1 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I've been holding off due to this (partially)

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[–] Iblis1 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ended up getting a Springfield mil-spec. I didn't like the sights on the range officer.

Just got back from the range. 🇺🇸😁🇺🇸

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