Make 1911A1 5" More Comfortable

Fisherman777

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Howdy!

I carry a Springfield 1911A1 5" GI Parkerized and I wonder what I can do to make it more comfortable in a Smartcarry.

I've marked the parts that poke or are just uncomfortable when they rub on flesh.

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I'm thinking about changing out the grips too.

What should it cost me to have this thing blued? The Parkerization scratches and comes off pretty easily. I should have gotten a blue or stainless one.

Suggestions?
 

Texas1911

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Arched Mainspring + Pistol Lanyard ---> Flat Mainspring Housing (Tons of makers)
Hammer ---> Cut down by gun smith, or you can replace it with a lightweight option (Tons of makers)
Grip Safety ---> Beavertailed grip safety, prefer the high-grip models (Tons of makers)

Try Brownells.com for million different options out there.

In the long run you might be better off saving this pistol as-is, and buying a more carry oriented 1911. Maybe one of the loaded stainless SA 1911s.
 

JKTex

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Or a much better way to carry.

I'd rather change the carry method (easy to carry in a good holster) than spend the money to bastardize the gun. Or by a gun that's more suitable for that method of carry.
 

Shorts

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I've felt the GI pistols are a great platform for a build. They shoot well out of the box but can be upgraded.

For pistol parts I suggest you spend some time browsing Brownell's website. You'll find more than what you're looking for. Beware credit cards - its easy to fill up that shopping cart!

As for the carry method, I also suggested an upgrade. Cramming a Govt pistol where a compact should go isn't my idea of comfort. If the smart carry is the absolute only way you can carry (tucked?), well, the old saying "A gun should be comforting not comfortable" does apply. Otherwise I suggest an IWB carry method.



Incidentally, you won't find relief changing out the grip safety to a beaver tail. No matter how you slice it a GS will protrude. If you change out the hammer to a ringed or oval version, you will have to change out the GS for clearance.
 

cowboy45

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The commander style hammer, and beavertail safety, take some of the bite out of carry. As far as the msn, that is personal preference. I saw a cool one the other day that was flat, but protruded like an arched one, I would like to try that.
I carry a full size 1911 a lot and find it a little heavy, but good leather makes a lot of difference.
Find out that thing shoots before you start changing things and spending a lot of $$$$
Be Good and be accurate.
 

Stangfan93

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I liked the Hogue rubber grips with the double diamonds and they are cheap as well. About $10 Govt. Model Rubber grip Panels Checkered W/Diamonds Model 1911 [45011] - $16.95 : Hogue Inc., The Best Value In Handgun Grips, Rifle Stocks and Accessories - Bar None!

The ones I keep on my gun are the Simonich micarta grips. I love them. A little on the high side. I bought them 4 years ago and they were $65. ...:::Simonich Knives:::... Although I do switch them out often with Punisher logo'd grips that I bought off of ebay
 

Fisherman777

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It shoots very well. Right after I got it I had to send it back for ejection problems. Wow! Talk about value added service! They not only replaced the ejector but did a trigger job and a few other things that made it really smooth.

I will check out Brownells. I can't help but think that the wider safety and a wider hammer like the old style (I've always liked them.) will be just a tad less pointy.

I tried it in the Smartcarry at 12 o'clock for a while but that didn't work so when someone suggested wearing it at 11 o'clock, I tried it and that makes all the difference in the world. I wear it low and at 11 o'clock (I guess in the afternoon I'm defenseless. LOL) so when I sit, the gun lays on top of my left thigh but occasionally I still get the poke in the belly from the hammer and safety.

I'm thinking of trying a Kholster.

Any thoughts on my blueing question? I haven't had a gun blued since 1980 and that cost around $50 in Lafayette, LA. It was a S&W Model 10, 5" bbl.
 

Bullseye Shooter

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Rather than having it blued, check out Brownell's DuraCoat product. I used it on my Marvel .22 converison and frame and it seems to hold up very well. I did have my Gold Cup reblued a couple years ago and it was under $100.
 

Scott_F

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In the long run you might be better off saving this pistol as-is, and buying a more carry oriented 1911. Maybe one of the loaded stainless SA 1911s.
This is really sage advice. This is not the gun for you to put in a smart carry if it's not working well. Sell this one (if you have to) and go get something Commander sized perhaps if you are mated to the 1911 style. Or take a look at one of the smaller 45's... Sig P220 Carry or HK USPc45 or a Glock 30.

There's plenty of smaller 1911 styled out there that have corners smoothed off and such for carry.

I've chased my tail a few times trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Good luck.
 

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