Originally Posted by ybbiz34
Solefald, how much will those parts run me (ballpark)? I can handle the installation.
If I were you, i would start with mainspring housing (whole assembly, so you can just keep the stock one intact) , short recoil spring guide rod with a new cap, recoil spring and firing ping spring to match.
All of the stuff listed below should run you no more than $80 and requires no fitting whatsoever. Full plug and play.
- Ed Brown 25 lpi checkered all steel main spring housing
- Wolff main spring 23 lb
- Wolff recoil spring 18.5 lb
- Wolff extra power firing pin spring
- Cylinder and Slide main spring cap, housing pin retainer, and cap pin
- Wilson Combat recoil spring cap (blued)
- Wilson Combat GI style guide rod (blued)
Plus nice Mec-Gar magazines would be in a $15-20 range.
Next on my list would be thumb safety replacement. It will run you anywhere from $20 to $70 for a "normal" one and from $60 to $150 for a ambi. I'm left handed, so i need an ambi. The best ones are Wilson Combat bulletproof tactical. They are fully machined and more reliable than cast ones, because those are usually the first thing that breaks.
Beside that, I would leave things as-as and just replace them as your go. Some parts will wear more than others, so just replace those when its time.
Good article about 1911 mods from 10-8.
Another option would be to drop $1,700 on Les Baer and replace nothing