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Thread: My Springers

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    Cool My Springers

    The first REAL 1911 I ever bought, I still have - a new, no-frills G.I., that I bought while in grad school in Columbia, SC back in '95. Other than adding an Ed Brown ambi-safety in '96 (I 'grew up' on Gen.3 Smiths - I carried a 1006 for 12 years, so my pistols "HAFTA" have ambi-safeties, or I feel naked!), and some Brand "X" (probably Chinese) rubber grips, this was the only mod my G.I. had seen since new.




    So I'm out shooting with a colleague this spring, break it down to clean that night, and - BWAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!




    My rubber grips are dissolving, & while it'll PROBABLY scrub off, there's a local cerakote outfit I've been wanting to try out (I'd had a Kimber TLE/RL II cerakoted down in VA, and a AR coated out in OR almost ten years ago, so I was familiar with the process & like it), soooooo... off it went.

    I then took it by my NEW local favorite shoppe here in the suburbs of da' 'BURGH, and had my 'smitty do a little magic with it. Nighthawk trigger, Fusion hammer, Wilson Combat everything-else (Safety, extended slide stop, bbl bushing, backstrap, grip safety, mag release) - & in stainless, to offset the semi-gloss black. Some VZ grips, and - VOILA! This AIN'T your grandpa's G.I. anymore!




    As it now looked so GOOD, I decided I wanted a Loaded to go along with it, as I didn't want to ruin the cerakote by cutting the frame for a beavertail safety, mar the slide with new sights, etc. And I really wanted a stainless, SOOOOOOO... I started kicking tires. And then found this 2004, lightly used model off G-B last week. It arrived Saturday, but I was out 4-wheeling that day. I got it yesterday.

    Didn't care for the wooden grips, so I went with some Pachmayers, and a Wilson extended slide stop.




    I think they look pretty GOOD together, no?

    "Because shooting twice is ridiculous."

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    Looking good. Enjoy shooting them.

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    Not bad at all.

    I quite like the sights in the older Springfields. They went out of fashion for a while, and now other, strikingly similar GI-profile sights are making a [small] comeback as 'shoulder' sights, that can be used to help cycle the slide, if the shooter injures a hand. Fancy that...
    Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.
    M. Setter

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    Whoops! Done replaced the grips again.

    "Because shooting twice is ridiculous."

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    Is your new local favorite shop in da BURGH north or south hills? These are important things to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cupton View Post
    Is your new local favorite shop in da BURGH north or south hills? These are important things to know!
    SOUTH Hills! What other hills are there?
    "Because shooting twice is ridiculous."

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    18-Aug-2017 Colt 1991A1 left side small.jpg I have had excellent success with the Pachmayr Signature grips. Here's a photo of what mine looked like after being carried daily for 14 years when working patrol and plain clothes assignments. The checkering, as can be seen is pretty much worn smooth, but I found no signs of degradation on the side that was in touch with the metal when I finally removed the grips to replace them with new ones. To this day I have Pachmayr Signature grips on all my handguns.
    Last edited by MuyModesto; 12th November 2018 at 14:59. Reason: omission


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    Now that's impressive -- I don't think I've ever seen someone wearing away checkering quite so evenly! I guess these grips really paid for themselves over the years.
    Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.
    M. Setter

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