I have seen numerous tool lists posted on forums for beginners working on their own pistol, but I haven't seen mention of a tool that is crucial in working on a 1911. Maybe it's just me and I missed it. We can put together a kit with books, manuals, files, stones, gauges, jigs, and fixtures, but can you see what you're working on? Can you see angles on your sear, hammer hooks, and how smooth are the contact surfaces of the disco and the spring tips really? It's not just having enough magnification but eye relief. It's hard to stone something that has to be held 2mm's from the tip of your nose to stay in focus. I went the cheap route. Yep, Harbor Freight was good enough for this dabbler. There are a couple of choices. I like The head strap magnifier with the adjustable light. It comes with 1.2X, 1.8X, 2.5X, and 3.5X lenses.