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8th April 2005, 23:01
I was breaking in a new project 1911 today and decided I'd take the CD out to play too. Almost got 100 rnds thru it but had wahy to many fte's. It's a older CD with a low serial number... 00066. I suspect that it was probably in the first batch imported into the US. Even with the fte problems, I still like the pistol and don't consider getting rid of it. I'll order a new extractor from brownell's... ed brown's extractors are pretty good and not expensive. I'm also looking at replacing the grip safety with a drop in from wilson's. The factory grip safety has way too much side to side play in it. I think the extractor and a new set of springs should improve the fte problems. I was shooting wolf 230 fmj so part of the problem could be the ammo, but it feed my 185 lead swc home reloads without a hitch. I believe the original imported CDs have a narrow tenon front sight. I'll probably have to order a set of LPA adjustable sights from brownell's for it. I put a set of them on another 1911 I build and I really like them. The few parts I'm planning on replacing won't break the bank and should make the CD more enjoyable at the range. Oh yeah, I'm gonna have to replace those black plastic CD grips too. I'd rather have a nice pair of checkered wood grips instead :) I'll post a picture of the CD when I get the chance.
9th April 2005, 16:02
Why change the extractor if it can be adjusted? Did you do the extractor test first? Maybe it just needs some bending.
10th April 2005, 09:26
John, I went ahead and tweaked the extractor a wee bit. Polished the face a little and cleaned the hook face. I filled a magazine with some empty brass and tried loading/extracting to see what would happen. Worked pretty good. Won't know for sure until I hit the range again but that will have to wait for a long time. Lost a job a few weeks ago and no more money to be spend on ammo nor range fees.
Here are some pictures of the CD...
I want to replace the grip safety with a wilson's drop-in. There is just to much side to side movement on the grip safety and I'd rather have one with the palm swell. The sights will be replaced eventually too. I like the LPA adjustable sights from brownells (they are under the PSI)
here's a couple of pictures of their sights...
If I could find a distributer for this sight, I'd have 'em on all my pistols! They look really good.
11th April 2005, 18:27
My first CD was like yours (older model). After I replace the extractor (Wilson's), it ran like a champ.
It had a little over 15K rounds through it when I got rid of it. I went back to college and I have to buy books, so I sold it. :(
I now have a compact version. Same story, I replaced the extractor and it now feeds and extracts fine. Even HP's.
Good luck with yours!
11th April 2005, 20:27
Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one here who've had problems with extraction on the CD. My wife has a resellers license so I can get brownell's discounts :D But because money is really tight, I'm gonna go with a Ed Brown extractor. I put one in my DIY Safari Arms 1911. I have some pictures of my DIY safari arms 1911 on the Olympic Arms forum here. I quess the oly arms forum never gets looked at so very few people have commented on the piece. I think it is pretty good myself :rolleyes:
If I can't find a distributer for the LPA fiber optic sights, I'll go with the standard 3 dot sights. I have them on other pistols I have. Does the original CD have a narrow tenon? I would imagine that it does. If so, I'll have to order another set from brownells.
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