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Old 10-15-2019, 11:11 AM
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Who would you hire?

I am considering a trigger job, new front sight and a refinish in Black T or similar finish for my Range officer.
Would you send it to Springfield Custom or ?
I live in SW Iowa and do not know of a really reputable gunsmith in this local area. Looking for quality work without an overly long turn around time (two months or less).

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Old 10-15-2019, 11:57 AM
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Any good 1911 Gunsmith will be backlogged and 4 to 6 months will be a minimum turnaround. I suggest you call Springfield and talk to the Custom shop they can tell you the cost and turnaround time which they usually over estimate. I sent my 9mm target in for a lot of work and was estimated 6 months but got it back in 4 and they did great work.
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:26 PM
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Done right and back in a reasonable amount of time, SACS. They've done me some uncalled for favors that I truly appreciated.
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:49 PM
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Old 10-27-2019, 08:48 PM
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Well I'm sending the RO to SACS.
Going in for a fiber optic front sight, trigger job, and re-finish (decided to stay with the parkerized finish)
They have quoted me 4-6 weeks turn around, if they can do that I will be impressed!
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Old 10-27-2019, 09:45 PM
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To bad SACS is not doing machine checkering anymore .
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:06 AM
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To bad SACS is not doing machine checkering anymore .
I agree, I would have had the front strap checkered.

I wanted to get the trigger closer to my TRP, get something different for a front sight instead of the black on black, and to fix the finish.

I felt like SACS was a good place to handle these basic tasks, with a very good turn around time and it was going in for warranty work anyway.
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:23 AM
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To bad SACS is not doing machine checkering anymore .
Amen to That!
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:42 PM
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I have read excellent reviews about Nighthawk. Almost kinda seems like SACS back in the day... I am considering them to work on my SA EMP4.

https://www.nighthawkcustom.com/cust...xisting-pistol

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Old 10-29-2019, 09:59 PM
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I agree, I would have had the front strap checkered.

I wanted to get the trigger closer to my TRP, get something different for a front sight instead of the black on black, and to fix the finish.

I felt like SACS was a good place to handle these basic tasks, with a very good turn around time and it was going in for warranty work anyway.
Greg Derr Marshfield, MA has checkered 2 front straps for me, they came out perfect!
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:19 PM
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Save yourself all the hassle of sending your pistol off to a gunsmith .
The guy I would use is Rob Schauland of ACW . While he does not
do custom work anymore . He makes his line of Custom pistols .
https://alchemy1911.com/prime/

Yes I wish SACS still did full custom shop work , but the word got out
that their prices were awesome , and their work was even better . They
got over whelmed with work , and could not even make their own pistols
, it was like a two year wait to get a Professional . So instead of making
custom shop bigger , hiring more people , and raising " some " prices
about 20% higher they chose the other route , and shut it down to pretty
much , just making their own custom pistols .

Its a real crime customer service wise , and the RO models are really meant
to be customized to your liking . I think SACS could have had two Front
strap machines checkering 25 lpi and 30 lpi running 12 hours a day , 5 days
a week , along with “Black T” finishing services . You don't even need
gunsmiths for that kind of work , just good guys and girls trained
the right way . Then you have the smiths take over all the other work .
Ether way it is the customer that looses in the end . You now have to go
somewhere else to have your 1911 worked on .

Bill

I'd like to add that I miss sending my stock Springfield Armory pistols back
to SACS . I paid SACS more for their work , then I did for the pistols I bought
, and I enjoyed doing it . They are pistols I will keep for a lifetime .
Crazy me .
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:33 PM
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griffbones

Save yourself all the hassle of sending your pistol off to a gunsmith .
The guy I would use is Rob Schauland of ACW . While he does not
do custom work anymore . He makes his line of Custom pistols .
https://alchemy1911.com/prime/

Yes I wish SACS still did full custom shop work , but the word got out
that their prices were awesome , and their work was even better . They
got over whelmed with work , and could not even make their own pistols
, it was like a two year wait to get a Professional . So instead of making
custom shop bigger , hiring more people , and raising " some " prices
about 20% higher they chose the other route , and shut it down to pretty
much , just making their own custom pistols .

Its a real crime customer service wise , and the RO models are really meant
to be customized to your liking . I think SACS could have had two Front
strap machines checkering 25 lpi and 30 lpi running 12 hours a day , 5 days
a week , along with “Black T” finishing services . You don't even need
gunsmiths for that kind of work , just good guys and girls trained
the right way . Then you have the smiths take over all the other work .
Ether way it is the customer that looses in the end . You now have to go
somewhere else to have your 1911 worked on .

Bill

I'd like to add that I miss sending my stock Springfield Armory pistols back
to SACS . I paid SACS more for their work , then I did for the pistols I bought
, and I enjoyed doing it . They are pistols I will keep for a lifetime .
Crazy me .

Very well said.
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Old 11-04-2019, 07:04 AM
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Well guy's,
The RO was going back to SA anyway because the plunger tube was coming off of the frame after only 550 rounds. I called SA and they said it was covered under warranty.
The plunger tube had not come loose at the time I started this thread, but once that happened it was going back to SA anyway.
So while it is there I choose to have them install a different front site and do an action job to get it closer to my TRP.
The safety had scratched the frame when the plunger tube came loose and I had accidentally scuffed the finish in another spot, thus the refinish job.
Decided to keep it Parkerized instead of spending money on Black T, this isn't a high dollar or fancy gun anyway and I am not trying to make this pistol something it is not.
I wouldn't really consider any of this work to be Custom, but SACS is who SA has do these things.
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:27 PM
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Send it to integrity arms steve owens for checkering and DLC IMO..
https://www.integrityarmscustoms.com/
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:16 PM
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RO came back from Springfield.
They did a decent job on the warranty work, replaced the plunger tube for the safety/slide stop. But, the safety is still marking the frame!
The fiber optic site, meh, nothing special and really not any better than the plain black site that came on the gun. I will probably reinstall the plain black serrated sight.
Trigger job, I can't really tell if they did anything, no better than it was, but my wallet is lighter!
The refinish in parkerizing looks very nice, super even no splotches or streaks, this was definitely worth the $130 bones. Much more even finish than the original Park finish.
Shot 100 rounds through it before heading home from the gun shop. Used 11 different mags, some hybrids, wadcutters and even GI feed lips, the pistol ran great on all of them.
Overall Springfield's work was OK, just not impressed with their fiber optic sight and the trigger job with stock parts was a complete waste of money.
I should have replaced action parts instead of going the cheap route, oh well live and learn.
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Old 11-16-2019, 06:48 PM
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I bought guns before with factory F/O that the rod did not "POP" in light.

I replaced the rod and now it "POPPED".

I actually prefer F/O front and black rear to everything else.

If I was on the street again... I would switch to a Tritium front only.

sorry about the trigger job.
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Old 11-23-2019, 04:23 PM
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I finally got to shoot outside today instead of at the indoor range, this fiber sight is awesome outdoors!
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Old 11-23-2019, 08:50 PM
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I finally got to shoot outside today instead of at the indoor range, this fiber sight is awesome outdoors!
Thats were they really come into their own.

I love 'em for hunting handguns.

Have one on my .44 Redhawk and one of the 10mm came with it....now to get it installed on my other 10mm.
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Old 11-23-2019, 08:51 PM
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I bought guns before with factory F/O that the rod did not "POP" in light.

I replaced the rod and now it "POPPED".

I actually prefer F/O front and black rear to everything else.

If I was on the street again... I would switch to a Tritium front only.

sorry about the trigger job.

In your line of work I can understand your preference really well.
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Old 11-24-2019, 12:50 PM
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Greg Derr Marshfield, MA has checkered 2 front straps for me, they came out perfect!
Greg did a revolver for me. I had a Fitz Special made from an older Colt 4" Love it! Great guy and great Smith also!
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Old 11-24-2019, 01:38 PM
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RO came back from Springfield.

Overall Springfield's work was OK, just not impressed with their fiber optic sight and the trigger job with stock parts was a complete waste of money.
I should have replaced action parts instead of going the cheap route, oh well live and learn.




Did you pay 100.00 for the 4.5 or higher action job ? Now you know .
Its worth the 275.00 for Action job, with tool steel match hammer & sear,
lightweight trigger . set at 3.5 to 4.0 lbs . aftermarket smiths cost is in
the same range 250.00 to 300.00 . To bad ACW is not doing outside work
anymore .

I think your better off doing Evolution Armory these days .
https://www.evolutionarmory.com/1911

I miss the old SACS
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Old 11-24-2019, 08:35 PM
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I have used Clark Custom Guns to checker the front strap on two pistols. Excellent work for about 160.00 per pistol. If I need any work I wouldn't hesitate to use them.
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