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Old 11-01-2012, 01:20 PM
JokerGT JokerGT is offline
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PT1911 - What to customize?

Hey guys..

I am looking for a new reason to detail strip my gun and I would like to change out a few things on my pt1911. I would like to get new grips.. but then I run into the problem of having to get ambidextrous safety grips because the pt1911 comes with one stock. I would also like to get rid of the ambidextrous safety..(can I just remove the right safety or do I have to get a new "single" safety from wilson combat?)

So as of right now its looking like new grips and a single safety.(left side)

Another question I have is does it require a lot of fitting when getting wilson combat parts? If so, does it have to be an electric dremel or can it be done by just purely using stones.

Thanks for the advice
-Joker
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:33 PM
1saxman 1saxman is offline
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I refinished mine, installed night sights, new grips (requires standard screws - the Taurus screws have bigger heads), replaced the guide rod and spring cap with standard G.I.-type and had a Wilson 'Value-Line' hammer, sear, and single safety installed by a 'smith.

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:56 PM
JokerGT JokerGT is offline
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wow.. I like it a lot!

Nice job on the customization's..

I really like the way it looks like with a single safety and w/o that ugly Taurus hammer.

Since you had the gunsmith do the work Im guessing its difficult to DIY? (I plan on getting an ed brown sear jig and a .020 inch shim and some stones) - for a trigger job down the road
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:33 PM
crashoverrideplik crashoverrideplik is offline
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My 9 mm has upgraded Ed Brown ignition parts (hammer, sear, disconnector), a full length guide rod, Novak night sights and a custom fit EGW bushing in this picture:



It now has a different trigger, GI guide rod and grips now. I'm replacing the ambi safety with a strong side when it shows up.

Wilson Combat makes nice parts, but if I were you I'd pay a gunsmith to do the work for you as it's a little more complicated since parts rarely "drop in" on a 1911.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:48 PM
chuntaro chuntaro is offline
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Little projects are nice but consider using your pt as is for a time as you mull things over. Good gun work ain't cheap till you want to recoup your investment then it gets cheap fast. Some folks need a trigger to feel a certain way for them due to central nervous system issues. You may not be one. A single sided safety is not as simple as removing part of your ambi. You will need a new safety properly fitted. If grips are your only issue with the ambi, consider raasco. They make special Taurus cut grips real reasonable from dymondwood and true wood. If your ambi is not subjected to abuse as in excessive torque, it will be suitable for you grandchildren to enjoy.
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