Getting the old Brown-Baer ready for Sunday's match - new Chen SI mag well

Discussion in 'Competition 1911's' started by WC145, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    The old Brown-Baer shot great at last Sunday's match so I'm going to shoot it at this coming weekend's big veteran's charity match. My rusty reloads the other day reminded me that I foolishly let my last Chen SI mag well go with the Colt Competition I sold last year. I checked Chen's site but there isn't any option for rush shipping. Luckily Brownell's can get them to you in two days but you have to pay extra and you don't get the candy or the personalized thank you note from Stan Chen. Still what you do get is a MSH/mag well combo that continues to amaze me with how well they fit.

    The old Baer frames were made to standard dimensions so the the SI mag well fits great and it only took a few minutes to remove the old MSH and install the Chen. The fit and feel are terrific for a drop in part and the wide mouth will certainly help my reload speed. My stock of mag well cut grips is low but I think this red, white, and blue pinstriped set from now defunct Raasco will work just fine.:grin:
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2020
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  2. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015
    That’s a really good looking build! Good luck at the match!
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  3. WNC1911

    WNC1911 NRA Life Member & IDPA Shooter

    Dec 30, 2014
    I like it. She should take good care of you at the match.
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  4. gps man

    gps man Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2015
    Very nice. Those Chen SI magwells are an outstanding product.

    I wish you good shooting at the match!
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  5. Dub

    Dub born in the wrong century

    Mar 19, 2017
    Gun looks super.....ready for some patriotic fun.

    Good to see the Baer frame fit up to the Chen so nicely.
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  6. yrualeg1

    yrualeg1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2014
    Love the Chen Magwells They're not cheap but they're awesome IMHO. Mine is a little beat up on my Combat Precision... 9552254F-F1CF-408E-878B-A1D8A428931B.JPG
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  7. yrualeg1

    yrualeg1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2014
    WC145, that is a fine looking blaster for sure
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  8. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Update - I came in 49th out 99 shooters, 2nd in single stack, not bad for a rusty old fat guy. And I didn't miss or bobble a single reload, thanks Stan Chen! I really enjoy shooting a steel .45ACP 1911 with iron sights and wearing a leather rig when I go to matches, especially when the field was dominated by polymer double stack 9mms with red dots and matching kydex and nylon gear.

    Obligatory dirty gun pic, it was still warm when I took this.:grin:
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  9. Stan Chen

    Stan Chen Member

    Dec 24, 2019
    WC145, thanks for posting these awesome pictures and congratulations on placing second in single stack! I feel the same way- shooting iron sights is much more enjoyable. I'll pass this along to Stan, I know he'd love to see this.

  10. gps man

    gps man Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2015
    Excellent WC!
    I stubbornly (actually it’s my choice) run a single stack 1911 in leather at our matches.

    Pooh on plastic!
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  11. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Great minds! :thumbs:
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  12. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire

    Apr 12, 2016
    Missed this in the beginning.
    Win all the way around,magwell fits beautiful(of course),you got Stan on our site,you placed very well,and those shoes look nice!
    Now,YOUR shoes???? Think ya need the bunny slips bud!!!:D
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  13. theJanitor

    theJanitor Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    I do the same. and in cowboy boots a few times too ;)
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  14. Big Balls McGee

    Big Balls McGee Active Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Congrats on the shoot.

    Stan Chen Customs makes some great products. I love sending him my money as I know it is well worth it.
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