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Discussion in 'Handguns' started by CodyK, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. OLDVET

    OLDVET Well-Known

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    custom 1911 collection.jpg 1911 collection.jpg You probably didn't pay much for your ATI, so why spend a lot of money trying to make it something it is not. Any hand fitting of aftermarket parts will damage the gun's finish and cost you a lot of money.
    I will give you an example:
    I have a Wilson Combat stainless Government Classic in 45 ACP. I ordered a new Wilson Combat stainless barrel bushing ($17 part) for it. The inside diameter of the barrel bushing is smaller than the outside diameter of my barrel. It needs to be hand fit to my barrel. My gunsmith friend wants $60 to hand fit the new barrel bushing.
    My Classic sells for around $3,000 new with the options I have. A $80 investment to upgrade this gun is not out of the question. An $80 investment to a $400 pistol doesn't make much sense. Save your money and get a better quality 1911 next time.
    Remember you can never own just one 1911. I think I am down to just 20 in my collection currently.
    I have posted this before when I had only 16.
     


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  2. Army 1911

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    16 is just a starter set.☺️
     
  3. AZ Refugee

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    You can try a "drop in" grip safety, Wilson Combat "drop in" on E-bay for $35. It may or may not need fitting to work correctly. I bought one for mine several years ago and it worked without issue. But as OldVet stated, how much do you want to have invested. IF you have to have a gunsmith fit it add $50 to $100 more and you could have $135 invested in a $300 pistol.
     
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  4. OLDVET

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    Put up or shut up. Lets see what you have.

    Another problem I have with altering aftermarket parts is doing it correctly.
    I was an Armorer while I was in the Army. I can work on 1911s. I had much rather buy something already made by a factory craftsman that gets paid to build nice 1911s everyday, than trust my abilities to custom fit parts made by someone other the the factory who built the pistol.
    But that is just me.
     
  5. CodyK

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    I was originally waiting to get something middle of the pack price wise, like a Ruger that’s $800 because I’ve always wanted a 1911. When I saw the ATI for $300 I said what the hell. Kinda wanted to know if I would even enjoy shooting a 1911, I had only shot a .45 a couple times. And then when I went to get the transfer done, the pawn shop I use had a gorgeous Sig 1911 for $700. I would love to buy it (if it’s still there) it has the true beaver tail grip safety and looks like a great gun for the price.


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  6. OLDVET

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    I have been dealing with 1911 pistols since 1968. In my opinion Springfield makes some of the best 1911s for the money. A good Range Officer is probably $650 and it is a great pistol. It has a one piece National Match barrel and bushing and a crisp 4 lb. trigger pull.
    When they first came out, I liked them so much I wanted to own one of each model they put out. This quickly became a problem. Springfield began issuing so many different models of the Range Officer I final lost interest.
     
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  7. dartsinsa

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    Sig makes some nice 1911, but I suggest you wait a bit. I bought an ATI Commander as my first 1911 for the same reasons as you, and while the gun gave me fits for a while I finally got it running well at about 4000 rounds, and I learned a lot. I passed that gun on to another friend that wanted to shoot a 1911 and see if he liked it. The ones I now own cost significantly more, but they had the main options I wanted.
    OldVet has some good advice/opinions, and in the sub 1000 range (new) I would agree the Range Officer is at or near the top of the heap. And 1911's are addictive.......
    The drop in beaver tail GS may work, did well enough for me on a Colt Commander once, well enough to have fun and learn.
     
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  8. CodyK

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    For an inexpensive gun, it is really accurate. When I got my first pistol, a Ruger 9mm, it took a while for me to have any consistency shooting at all. But when I got that 1911 to the range I was pretty impressed. And a .45 makes quite a hole in that paper target compared to the 9mm or 5.56 I usually shoot!


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  9. benenglish

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    Thank goodness that can be fixed.
     
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