Mags seem/look wimpy -- work but can one suggest another decent mag to use?
I have been told Wilson Combat makes the best ones. I use regular stainless Kimber 8-rounders in my Springfield and they seem to work just fine. Really, the biggest point I want to make is that you want something with a supported follower in it. I preferred the stainless magazines because it resists corrosion and rust better than a normal blued magazine.
R1 has a customized barrel so won't change that. Any other mods you "45 Salts" can suggest?
If your gun doesn't have a checkered front strap/back strap, I would go for some Pachmayr grips. I want to get them for my Springfield since my gun didn't come with the checkering.
Lots of 1911 enthusiasts I know put the skeletonized trigger/hammer with the bigger beavertail grip safety on. That lets you get a higher, better grip on the gun and it can help improve your accuracy. Sort of the same idea with the better grips. Helps you get a better hold on the gun.
Other than that, a match barrel can help accuracy. I am thinking about getting one for my Loaded Springfield. I don't know too much about them though. And I am afraid to buy one because I hear some of them have to be custom fitted to your gun.
A little off topic, but if anyone has some good suggestions for a good drop-in match-grade barrel, please suggest it.
This is a really good site I found explaining some of the modifications you can do on the 1911 and what they do.
Idk... the 1911 I have is the Springfield Loaded model. It's supposed to be a Mil-Spec, with a bunch of modifications done on it that one used to have to go get custom built by a gunsmith for their gun. Such as the skeletonized trigger & hammer (I believe the trigger I have is also adjustable), the Novak sights, front & rear cocking serrations, beavertail grip safety, lowered & flared ejection port, ambidextrous thumb safety, beveled magazine well, titanium firing pin, loaded chamber indicator. Overall, it is a really good gun. The only thing I wish they would have included is a match-grade barrel. Then again, for a little more money, one could upgrade to the TRP model, which I believe is available with a match barrel w/ bushing, or a bull barrel. Although that one seems more like a tactical model rather than the A1 style like what I have.