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Let's discuss what really NEEDS to be done to a basic 1911A1, specifically a Springfield Mil-Spec, to make it a reliable and durable carry gun. What would you change?

Personally, I like the parkerized finish and "G.I." style parts like the arched housing and spur hammer, etc. Retro :grin:
 

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I also have an SA Mil-Spec that I purchased bare bones several years ago. Given limited funds at the time I had a trigger job (including new Vidiki trigger), EB Beaver Tail, Ported & Polished, and Bo-mar adj. sights by a local smith in Long Beach CA. Several years and over 25,000 rounds later, the parkerizing almost looks like blueing from so many cleanings I just replaced the 2 piece guide rod with a full length solid and put some nice wood grips on it. Why mess with something that works so well.

Andy

"Carry hidden and shoot straight"
 

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Nothing really needed to be changed on mine..for it to work..but I did change it..mainly to make more comfortable to shoot..

So we ended up with new trigger, hammer and sear. Heinie sights, Ed Brown grip and thumb safety. recontoured the frontstrap and recrowned the factory barrel and fit up a tighter bushing..

It was good before..now its better.
 

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This is a Springfield Mil-Spec gun in 9x23. I use it as my test gun. So far I put Prosights on it, Wilson Grip Safety,Videcki Trigger,Nowlin Hammer-sear-disconnector,Extended mag release,Wilson mag well and Flat MSH.,Wilson Extended thumb safety,Wilson barrel bushing,Ed Brown Firing pin,extractor and OS pin stop. Since the picture I've cut the front strap radius and it is now out for a fresh coat of chrome. When I get it back I'll post the before and after.
 
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