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So I picked up a new gun recently and will have a few things done to it at minimum. Sights I can see and a trigger job. Other than that I'm undecided so thought why not solicit opinions on a potential build.

Here's the base gun.


And a quick pic from colts site


If I'd build this a few years back I wouldn't have changed anything externally but as I'm getting older my eyes aren't so great anymore. I now wear readers and sadly noted that I shot better w/ them vs without them on a recent range outing. Damn. I've had near perfect vision most of my life, so this is a big thing for me. I also anticipate my eyes will continue to worsen, cuz that's what most do. Since this wont be anything of true value I feel a sight swap will be worth it.

I'll need to be refinished, and I can't decide on blue vs park. Even wondering about a pre-aged rust job akin to zoids marvelous rust bucket. I'd imagine that this could be accomplished while leaving the inner surfaces clean and again it's no thing of true value so why not.

Any and all other mods will be considered. Frankly I wish I was better w/ photo shop as I'd love to preview this with a more modern front strap, stippling/checkering, a bit of undercut, and maybe a compact grip safety but not full beavertail. I'm not totally opposed to the something old, something new mash up but I'm having a hard time picturing it right now for whatever reason.

I've got a very similar spec'd retro pistol currently (will never look as good as this one can b/c roll marks) but it's been a while since I shot it. I don't recall any session limiting hammer bite, and don't mind the small thumb safety. Sadly I can't get to a range locally to "test drive" anything, as they are closed until further notice, so dry fire in the basement will have to do.
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With those rollmarks I'd go for a '60s/'70s retro style build. Keep it simple - checkering, sights, shorty beavertail or a rattail grip safety, put the money into the action, accuracy, and reliability.
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Love those!^^^^ My King's is an original, not a repop, but it's the kind of build I'm talking about-

 

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I have zero guns from him YET, but Steve Owens at Integrity Arms has posted a lot of clean, OG-style stuff here recently that may be what you're looking for.

I'd talk to him.

I have a similar "retro"-style Officer build at Gritus Precision that should be alllllllmost done and ready for posting pics really soon. So excited about it.

I'm glad to see builders getting away from the radical tactical slide cut style and more traditional 1911s. Either way, you have lots of options- let us know what you decide!
 

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I have zero guns from him YET, but Steve Owens at Integrity Arms has posted a lot of clean, OG-style stuff here recently that may be what you're looking for.

I'd talk to him.

I have a similar "retro"-style Officer build at Gritus Precision that should be alllllllmost done and ready for posting pics really soon. So excited about it.

I'm glad to see builders getting away from the radical tactical slide cut style and more traditional 1911s. Either way, you have lots of options- let us know what you decide!
I don't think builders are changing their ways, gunsmith's have their styles, but the person commissioning the build has the say in what they're looking for. Simpler, cleaner, more retro styles may be coming more into vogue. IMO, if you want to see some of the best examples of those kinds of builds from active 'smiths look at work by Greg Derr, Ted Yost, John Harrison, and Jason Burton.
 

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I don't think builders are changing their ways, gunsmith's have their styles, but the person commissioning the build has the say in what they're looking for. Simpler, cleaner, more retro styles may be coming more into vogue. IMO, if you want to see some of the best examples of those kinds of builds from active 'smiths look at work by Greg Derr, Ted Yost, John Harrison, and Jason Burton.
Yeah, I'm sure that's true... Honestly, I'm new to the custom trade- this order is my first. But I'm glad to see more classic builds posted lately.

But it near-bout guarantees I'm gonna be spending money again soon!
 

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This pistol is actually in my possession. @N of 1 I have some really good ideas for this.. When we talk again I'll share them with you and give you a heads up on some of the specifics, that already make this a bit unique anywayz..

Got some ideas for them older eyes as well, I have the same issue and I get to try em all out.. lol Sights that is..
 

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I have zero guns from him YET, but Steve Owens at Integrity Arms has posted a lot of clean, OG-style stuff here recently that may be what you're looking for.

I'd talk to him.

I have a similar "retro"-style Officer build at Gritus Precision that should be alllllllmost done and ready for posting pics really soon. So excited about it.

I'm glad to see builders getting away from the radical tactical slide cut style and more traditional 1911s. Either way, you have lots of options- let us know what you decide!
I'd be more than happy to hook you up with a nice build.. Let me know when your ready, and I'll take good care of ya. Haven't had no complaints of yet..
 

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Yeah, I'm sure that's true... Honestly, I'm new to the custom trade- this order is my first. But I'm glad to see more classic builds posted lately.

But it near-bout guarantees I'm gonna be spending money again soon!
For sure, just hanging around this place draws you in and few get out with their wallets as full as when they arrived!
 
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For sights I’d do ones like limbkiller. With Harrison Design Retro rear and trijicon HD front or a wide notch Novak rear. Trijicon HD front are huge orange dot night sight I think would be easy for you to pick up.

Have Steve checker the front strap and undercut the trigger guard.

a slight break from retro is I would do a clean and simple beaver tail grip safety. These are comfortable and with Steve doing the fitment would get you hand nice and high.

single sided thumb safety that is easy to use

commander type hammer

short or medium solid trigger

matte blue or ion bond all the things

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I would either leave the lanyard loop mainspring or do a subtle magwell. I like magswells as everybody knows I’m a huge functionality guy. Gotta keep the gun gassed up so anything that makes loading the pistol easy I’m all for.

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Flush cut and crown the barrel
 

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Perfect examples!

And this S70 repro has a cool retro vibe, too-
This might be the closest to what I've thought of. Looks amazing, love the compact beavertail, and pretty much every thing else. It ticks all the right boxes w/o looking modern/tacticool

I also very much appreciate the specific advice on sights etc.

Thank you everyone for the feedback. By all means keep the thoughts coming. I'll post any updates and the final decision, once I sort it out w/ Steve.
 

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For me, if it was my gun:

Sights are a definite - I’d go gold bead front and a larger rear sight, preferably a Jardine tactical hook or one of Chuck Rogers

Front strap - serrations you give some added grip but subtle changes to the looks

Internally an EGW ignition properly tuned, 3-3.5# trigger

Kart barrel & EGW bushing

Then carry & shoot!


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I'd be more than happy to hook you up with a nice build.. Let me know when your ready, and I'll take good care of ya. Haven't had no complaints of yet..
Thanks for the offer, Steve- hope it stands until I can convince GrandadCharlie that I need his Delta Elite more than he does. Hehehe. I suppose I could buy my own, but then it wouldn't be Grandad's when I give it to one of my kids.

Anyway, been watching the Delta build you've had going on. Love the concealment grip safety and the IA treatment. Hope to give you a call soon....
 
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