Ugly duckling gets upgrades

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Buckhorn, Nov 10, 2018.

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  1. Buckhorn

    Buckhorn Well-Known Member

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    Nov 30, 2015
    My second 1911 was a used 1991, owned it a little over ten years ago. I shot with some guys that had Kimbers and they always gave me crap about my ugly pistol. I ended up selling it but that gun was always reliable and helped me get through the early stages of learning to reload. Always regretted selling it even though I’ve had much nicer guns since then. Fast forward ten years and I bought another out of nostalgia and have used it for carry. I decided to send it to John Harrison earlier this year to replace alot of the original parts. Kept the barrel(he did replace the bushing with a Bunker), slide stop and grip safety but replaced everything else. He installed his parts, did some reliability work and a trigger job. Also did a Yost front sight, his retro rear and broke the edges on the grip safety which made it much more comfortable.

    I opted not to refinish purely out of nostalgia so it’s not pretty(note that the idiot scratch was not from me!) It runs great and it’s nice to have a sleeper. I picked it up from John in person and that was a great experience. He’s a fantastic guy and full of knowledge. It’s back in the carry rotation and using it for this months drill. No real point to this post other than I wanted to share. Pic on my 75 CJ5, both are ugly and both run great!

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  2. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015

  3. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Strictly business . . . .

    Nice .
     
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  4. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    Nothing much prettier then a well worn 1911. !
    Except some of Zoids. :roflmaro:
     
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  5. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire

    Apr 12, 2016
    Gotta love a sleeper!! :)
     
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  6. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    Great idea and good parts choice. Of course having John do the work is icing on the cake.
     
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  7. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    I love a good sleeper ;)
     
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  8. Buckhorn

    Buckhorn Well-Known Member

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    Nov 30, 2015
    Thanks for the comments guys, I’m definitely digging this one.
     
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  9. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Only thing that could make that gun sexier is some strategically placed zip ties. ;) Well done sir. She looks like solid heater.
     
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