Working on my third project....

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Longbow, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

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    Aug 15, 2018
    Hi Guys. Thought I'd share some pix of my new project.
    I was able to pick up a Springfield Champion Operator, used for $700, a few weeks ago.
    Here it is as it came out of the box/store.

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    I've stripped it for parts, and will keep the frame, slide, barrel, recoil system, and the trigger and grip safety.

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    Someone had already swapped out the sight for... Something, large white dot front.

    From Harrison I have the ignition set ordered, along with a pin set and a Colt sear spring. This parts should be here this afternoon.

    From EGW I was able to order a single side thumb safety, OS firing pin, OS firing pin stop, .200 slide stop, and the extractor.

    Springs will be a mix of Wilson and Wolf, and the MSH is an Ed Brown one piece mag well and MSH. Grips are from Rassco.

    So far I was able to fit the firing pin, the firing pin stop, and the extractor.

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    Everything will be degreased and blued once fit and test fire is complete.
     
  2. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

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    Aug 15, 2018
    Harrison Design items arrived.
    Colt Sear spring.
    DLC coated commander ring hammer, hammer strut, and pin set.

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  3. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

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    Aug 15, 2018
    Fitted the Ed Brown one piece Magwell/MSH.
    The EB MSH was slightly out of line with the frame hole, and had to be opened up a little.

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  4. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

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    Aug 15, 2018
    I used a Wolf 25# mainspring on this one, with a Titanium cap, and I’m wondering why my fingers hurt :-/

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    I was able to prep the hammer, seat, and disconnector, insured that all mating surfaces were stoned and polished.

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    Test fit and trigger set gave me a crisp break at 5 pounds.
    I raised the bridge on the grip safety, and increased pressure on the GS sear spring leg.

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    Test fitting the thumb safety to insure fit.
    Cut the lug to clear the sear, and test range of motion and full function.

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    It’s a hardened piece, so it took some file work lol.

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    Safety check, function check, safety check again.
     
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  5. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

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    Aug 15, 2018
    Test fire, later today, if the weather permits....

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  6. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Question. Why sand down the firing pin to be able to protrude that far?
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2018
  7. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

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    Aug 15, 2018
    It doesn't need to protrude that far, but if you look at the pin, it's a straight shaft for the first half inch, or so. So if you sand down a little, it'll go straight through lol.
     
  8. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Ditto . . .
     
  9. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

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    Aug 15, 2018
    Answered above.
    Not sure why most companies have gone to 9mm firing pins, but the front is a straight shaft.
     
  10. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

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    Aug 15, 2018
    Test fire complete.
    Zero failures ;)

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