Re: Why Not Colt?
Here's my true story;
In the 70's i purchased a nib colt combat commander that had nothing but feeding problems. I got rid of it. In the 80's I purchased a colt 1911 gov model that also had cycling problems in nickel and i sold that one too. In 1990 i purchased a new SA series 90 and it jammed 1rd per 8rd mag. I had it in the safe for all these many years growing roots.
A few years ago i purchased a used norinco 1911(chinese) and it was going to be my last 1911 if it didn't function. Well the norc showed me what all the 1911 hype is all about. What a dependable shooter it is. Soon after I purchased every DVD i could get my hands on to learn how to tweek, tune and repair the 1911 to keep them running.
My first task was to change the barrel bushing and barrel on my norc. I fitted a new sportsmans guide $59 surp-lus GI barrel and a CDNN $12 national match IAI barrel bushing. My norc even with a tad loose slide shoots 1 clover leaf per 8rd mag now. Since then i ramped the disconnector and added the flgr with 18# recoil spring. My point is my $300 norc with its forged frame and slide is one of my best 1911's now.
After doing all this work and still hammering the dvd's i took out my 1990 nib SA and tuned the extractor. I purchased all the extractor tools from Brownells. My 90's SA functions awesome now.
Seeing now that i can fix the small stuff and get them running i wanted another new 1911. In 2005 i purchased the new Auto-Ordnance army 1911 WW2 model in 45acp for $389. Right out of the box this new 1911 has been flawless for well over 500rds now. Since i was torn between the new AO and the new '05 SA GI Mil-spec as it was called at the time i went back abd purchased the new SA GI Mil-spec too for $424 too. I recently shot the new '05 SA too and its flawless right out of the box too using wold 45acp ball fmj ammo.
My point is if were going to shoot 1911's we better know how to repair the small stuff too. The dvd's surely helped me. My norinco is almost a race 1911 the way it functions/cycles now. I'm glad i never gave up on the 1911. Bill
BTW; On every new 1911 i first clean it and lube it with moly. First i polish the feed ramps and take the finish off the ramps and polish them. I also install the FLGR & 18# recoil spring in all my 1911's too. Then there ready to test fire. For extra mags i get the chip mckormic 8rd mags.
My next new 1911 will be the thompson custom 1911 in 45acp in stainless 5'' barrel.
Lets not forget every colt and every Springer 1911 has a forged frame & slide.
Last edited by Bigbill; 05-27-2012 at 01:22 PM..