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Old 06-22-2012, 03:54 PM
RPM8SHOT RPM8SHOT is offline
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R.I.A. GI 45ACP at the range

Finally got my RIA GI to the range.
It now has just over 300 rounds through it. 1 FTF, but a very slight nudge on the rear of the slide sealed the deal.
For 399 + all Kalifornia fees this RIA is a great deal.


Kings long trigger
Wilson Combat BBl Bushing (Filed and reamed to fit 0 play)
Clark Custom FLGR
S&A Magwell - has .003"in gap to frame.
Ed Brown single side SS safety
EGW Firing pin stop - had to file to fit
Kings .281" link - same as what was there but, Fits tighter than the OE in all dimentions
Infinity Arms G.I. Spur hammer - Did not change angle or hook height)
Factory sear - (used the Full radius sear tool from Mr. Chuck Warner)
Trigger set at 3 1/4 lbs. Like a glass rod.
IMSI 15Lb Recoil spring
IMSI 19Lb Mainspring
Wilson Combat XTRA Pwr firing pin spring
Harrison Design "retro" rear sight - Had to use a 60 dovetail file 20-25strokes did it. use loctite 640 green
Maryland Gun Works - narrow tennon front sight (used King's Gun Works front sight tool with Loctite 640 green)
Commander grip safety - I blended it for a slightly higher grip.
Undercut grip - I did that with a 3/8" stone on a Dremel 4000
Cold blued all exposed metal.

Next, is Bring the trigger pull down to 2 1/2Lbs, 20lpi checkering, take the gap out at the Magwell .003"in. and hardchrome the lower frame. This pistol will be shot in USPSA Single Stack and L-10 division.
Best 399 I ever spent on a 1911.

Regards to all,

USPSA A27966
NRA Life Member CVD5294

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Old 06-22-2012, 10:03 PM
den888 den888 is offline
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Nice 1911!
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:19 PM
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Nice Rock
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:36 AM
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nice clean look!
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:42 AM
Lt.Smoke Lt.Smoke is offline
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Beautiful gun....

What kind of holster is that? I have never seen one like that before??
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:59 PM
RPM8SHOT RPM8SHOT is offline
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Holster question

Originally Posted by Lt.Smoke View Post
Beautiful gun....

What kind of holster is that? I have never seen one like that before??

Sir that is a Gilmore Speed Leader holster. I bought that from Gilmore Sports in 1996 from Mr. Riley Gilmore. I have the matching mag holders also. This holster is totally adjustable rake, cant, length. I also used this with a Taurus PT99AF for a couple of years (Great pistol by the way)The most important thing is that it will pass a "holster test". From the wear you see she has had a hard life.
I use this holster to train brand new shooters to the USPSA/IPSC game. Of all of the people that have used that very holster 1 has gone on to become an IPSC Grandmaster Class shooter and placed 16th in the IPSC world shoot.
It will now be used by my sweethearts' 15 yr old son and so on.

Thank everyone for the kind replies. The purpose of project RIA GI is to perform all of the modifications myself using make shift or the simplist of tools.
My background is of an Automotive Machinist so a mill and lathe and so on is not the problem.
I am doing this for the average guy that has a pistol and wants to upgrade but wants to do it himself and not burden the family budget. A little patience ALOT of research (thanks so much for forums like this) some creative thought and some simple tools, is what is necessary.
I do not in anyway claim to be a pistolsmith or say that anything I do is better than anyone else.
But I have been fortunate to handle ALOT of 1911's of various makes and stages of build.
I have competed in IPSC/USPSA and reloaded my own ammunition for 15 years, so I base what I do on that.
Sorry if I digressed there Lt.


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