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Why certainly!

Pardon my enthusiasm.

BTW I have to unload all the magazines and lock the bag before I leave the house. Ammo carried seperately.

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Well, at least you get to own the thing and shoot it. I don't know how you guys in Kalifornia do it. Move to a friendly gun state, like FL or others.

Nice looking 1911!
 

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Here's mine, an RIA Compact. It ain't much, but it makes me smile :)

 

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Nice selection of 1911s so far.
Photo, your Colt is awesome!
Do you shoot it in competition? I bet it groups tight. Got any targets or a range report?

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Dep,

What a splendid collection!!! Thanks for the hard work dragging them all out, I especially like your stainless Colt Commander!!!

Mine started life as a plain Colt 1991A1, the billboard Colt advertising was removed from the left side of the slide. I had Novak install the sights and I put in an Ed Brown hammer, trigger and beavertail safety. The trigger is off an old series 70, the backstrap from an old 1911. The fancy grips were a gun show purchase.
 

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153: Well Searcher and I BOTH like the way your gun looks!!!:D Nice and clean.

I replaced both the full length guide rods that came in the Colt and S&W Koenig guns. From what I read, there was minimal, if any, benefit from them. Even the Feds in their FBI SWAT 1911 specified the normal guide rod. I put Ed Brown heavy duty rods in both guns. I like his stuff a lot. I am also going to change the recoil springs in all guns to a heavier version. That reduces felt recoil considerably and they still will work with normal FMJ and HP ammo. I also need to replace the slide stops and extractors in the Auto Ordnance and Springfield Armory guns. They are made from that crappy MIM cast stuff and are subject to too much stress to trust. Those will be the Ed Brown "Hardcore®" stuff.

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I purchased the full length rod for my 1991A1, and used it for a time. But all it did was make the gun a wee bit harder to get apart. No change in accuracy or function so I tossed it.

I then put in an old unit from King's GunWorks that has a reinforced recoil spring plug and a little spring loaded plunger in the guide. It is supposed to reduce wear, all I know is that so far it doesn't seem to have caused any problems. I think the orginal set-up would work just as well.
 

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153: What make of 1911 is that???

Que: Does the RIA pistol have a forged slide and receiver? Just curious. My Auto Ordnance has a forged slide and cast receiver. Not really a big deal, though. Casting nowadays is very precise. Heck, ALL of Bill Ruger's guns are cast!! :D
Dep, my recollection is that the entire gun is cast. I'm sure that's how they are offering them so inexpensively, along with labor in the Phillipines (I would assume). The track record for these guns was so good that I couldn't resist one for an intro level 1911. Mine has been an excellent. It's not high gun art, but it does what it's supposed to.

BTW, I just found a reference to the Rock Island that states that in 2006 and newer guns (like mine) they switched from investment casted slides to something that they refer to as "extruded". I have no idea what that means.

Spekaing of the 1911, I'm going to roll the dice on one today. It's a LLama 1911 Minimax .45 doublestack. It's a hit or miss gun but if it's a miss I can probably sell it for more than I'm going to pay for it or get it to my smith. Sometimes it's fun to gamble on a gun (Searcher's Tomcat aside) if you go into it with eyes wide open.

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Que: I have also heard nothing but good things about the RIA on the 1911 forum. Seems it is identical to the High Standard 1911. Both are made in the Phillipines and the newer ones have forged slides. They are probably the best "best buy" 1911s out there.

On the Llama...only negative thing I have heard about them was the steel in their guns was somewhat "soft", causing peening on parts that impacted. But I've never owned one and this was info from message boards.

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Dep, I put the Llama on layaway. The gun is unfired and was manufactured in 2005. My understanding is that in the final days of Llama they tried to save the company by bringing in some gunsmiths and improving quality but it was too little too late. I'm thinking that this gun might be from that period. The gun has a previous owner but is unfired, so at least it wasn't a case of someone getting rid of a problem gun. The thumb safety is stiff, and a little funny, but I think that it might be due to the slide stop and safety plungers being switched in the wrong position on either side of the spring.

The gun is about the same size as the Warthog, but much thicker with the doublestack ten rounds. This may be a project gun, but I'm up for that. Photos will follow once I have the gun in hand.

BTW, since we're showing 1911s here's one identical to mine:



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Que: When you get to the range with the Llama make sure you give us feedback on it. I'm curious how well it shoots. I only knew one other guy that had one and it was a little .380. It was kinda unusual because it had a ventilated rib on top. When I still had an FFL and was subscribing to Shotgun News, I remember the Llamas always being advertised by J&G in Arizona for VERY reasonable prices. The one I'd like to get my hands on is the Llama Super Commanche revolver in .44 Magnum. They also had an interesting 9MM called the Model 82.





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Que: When you get to the range with the Llama make sure you give us feedback on it. I'm curious how well it shoots. I only knew one other guy that had one and it was a little .380. It was kinda unusual because it had a ventilated rib on top. When I still had an FFL and was subscribing to Shotgun News, I remember the Llamas always being advertised by J&G in Arizona for VERY reasonable prices. The one I'd like to get my hands on is the Llama Super Commanche revolver in .44 Magnum. They also had an interesting 9MM called the Model 82.
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Dep, I'll definitely report back on the Llama, one way or the other no matter how it does. The good news is that if there are issues the fixes are rather easy do it yourself. The key thing that I'm seeing is that the gun seems to be magazine sensitive not doing all that well (without adjusting mag lips) with the aftermarkets, which seems to be limited to Promag (ugh). Fortunately mine comes with two mags for a good start.

I've wanted a Llama M82 for decades. I just saw an article about classics that tend to get overlooked and the M82 got a good mention.

Eventually I'll go with a nice 1911. The Dan Wesson Pointman tempts me, but STI may well get the nod. I guess part of me is 1911ed out with all of the new ones flooding the market, but I did just buy one this morning:eek:

Dep, how do you like those Smiths? BTW, great group of guns!

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Que: The Smith 1911s are all nice guns. One thing I was a bit concerned about was the extractor on them. They aren't like the normal Colt extractors where you can take them out and replace them (or give them a thorough cleaning) if you want to. They are held in with a pin like on their DA autos (external style extractor). But there has been no problem with them for most folks. HOWEVER, if I were to be going into a SHTF scenario where I might break an extractor (a not unusual occurence), I would NOT take a S&W as my goto gun. I would take a 1911 with an internal extractor. As far as I'm concerned, the Smith 1911 is a great range gun, but I don't think I'd bet my life on it.
The Dan Wesson 1911s look AWESOME!!!:eek: I wonder what the feedback is on them??? :confused:

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