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Old 06-22-2012, 11:05 PM
Zuchus Zuchus is offline
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Just received my 9mm GI

I've been wanting a 1911 in 9mm for years, and the RIA GI model got my interest. Just picked it up from my FFL on Thursday. After I field stripped it and wiped out all of the oil, I put a set of plastic GI grips on it and applied some Permablue paste to the logo to tone it down per Kevin08's lead in this thread:

Fit and finish are impressive for a gun at this price. My only complaint is that the edges of the grip safety are quite sharp and uncomfortable on the thumb. I hope to get it to the range in the next couple of weeks and she how she cycles.

So here are the before and after pics, along with a shot of the Permablue, dabbed on with a Q-tip and left on for about 3 minutes before wiping.

Last edited by Zuchus; 06-22-2012 at 11:22 PM.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:29 PM
shuler13 shuler13 is offline
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:28 AM
Cappi Cappi is online now
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congrats dude

and yes, RIA's GI grip safety..to put it mildly is dreadful.
I'm not a fan of GI grip safeties in general, but RIA's GI GS down right hurts to shoot much .

De-horn/melt it, touch up with cold blue and that will help

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Old 06-23-2012, 10:39 AM
Zuchus Zuchus is offline
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Thanks for the comments Cappi. I did give it a little stoning on the edges since I posted and put some cold blue on it. I also took it apart further. Man, getting the MSH out was a pain! the finish on the inside edges was pretty rough. I'm going to try to smooth that out some before I reassemble.
Colt Series 80 Government, Colt Series 80 Combat Commander, RIA 9mm GI, Argentinian Sistema Aeronautica, My Dad's USGI Springfield
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:38 PM
Jlduke Jlduke is offline
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I used your idea on my 9mm GI and it worked great. Outstanding idea.
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