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Old September 20th, 2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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Modding the SR1911

So MidwayUSA has done it to me again! I should just stay off that site. Anyway, I have compiled a list of ED Brown and Wilson Combat parts to replace the blued or black parts on my SR1911 with stainless variants so everything will match. Has anyone replaced any of the following yet: grip safety, mainspring housing (I know Iowegan did) slide release, thumb saftey and magazine release?
Seemed like everything would just be drop in except the grip safety. Most reviewers said they had to file the frame down to get the new part to fit. I'm not really down for doing that to my Ruger frame. Just curious what you all think!
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Old September 20th, 2011, 11:41 AM   #2
 
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I replaced those same parts on my Remington 1911 R1. The grip safety had to be filed and fitted to make it work. The slide release also need to be fitted so it would function correctly. Just because it says it a 'drop in' part, most take some fitting. The thumb safety took me the longest to get right. If I remember, there is a flat on the shaft that has to be fitted. I did this over a year ago so I don't recall every thing I had to fit but it was most of the parts.
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Humor me.... What was wrong with the original parts? I really don't understand.
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Humor me.... What was wrong with the original parts? I really don't understand.
He wants everything to match... Aesthetics over function I guess.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 04:12 PM   #5
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Exactly. They function fine now, but kinda stick out on a stainless gun. I'm in no rush to change these parts, I'm really just thinking out loud.
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I dont blame ya. Me personaly I like the two-tone look. Infact at some point I'm planning on replacing all thoes parts on my blued Kimber with stainless.
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He wants everything to match... Aesthetics over function I guess.
He might consider polishing the existing parts [that fit]. In my experience, the bare steel parts are no more susceptible to rust than the black oxide (they're not really blued) parts if the gun gets the care it deserves.
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I have no answers to your questions.

I like the black. That being said I understand what you are going for here. I am sure it will look nice when it is all done. I would like to be the first to beg for pictures after you have it finished. Thanks

It is killing me knowing it is going to be a long wait for me to get one to play with.

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Old September 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM   #9
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^ don't worry MPhil, there would be pictures a plenty if and when this happens. It may be a while though, as this goes at the end of the project list. Maybe something I do this winter.
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I changed the mainspring housing, thumb safety, and slide lock on my SR1911. Got lucky ... all were "drop in" and worked perfect. I stayed with "blued parts" because I think the contrast looks fine. The new mainspring housing is arched and the thumb safety and slide lock are a matched extended set made by Wilson.

Rule 1: Always file on the cheapest or the easiest part to replace.
Rule 2: Never file on the frame. If the replacement part doesn't fit, file on the new part.
Rule 3: If you ignore rule 2, don't act surprised when the factory part no longer works.
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^ don't worry MPhil, there would be pictures a plenty if and when this happens. It may be a while though, as this goes at the end of the project list. Maybe something I do this winter.
Actually take you time. As a matter a fact I'll go against MPhil and vote for you to not post any pictures at all. 1 less thing to temp me into getting
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Here is the first pic of what I've done:



There is still more in the works! Stay tuned....
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Old December 31st, 2011, 09:06 AM   #13
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Here are the latest additions to the SR1911: an Ed Brown stainless thumb safety and slide release. I have an Ed Brown stainless mag release coming to complete this (almost) all stainless pistol. The sights and hammer will remain.


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That looks good. I'm keeping mine factory stock because I like it the way it is for one. And it's Rugers first 1911, and my first 1911, in the year 2011, made in the year of the 100Th anniversary of the 1911. Actually with the exception of adding accessories, I don't modify any of my guns. Just my preference.
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This is the first pistol I have modded. I have a couple of AR's that I couldn't leave alone, but who leaves an AR stock?
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