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Old 05-06-2018, 12:29 PM
bcj128 bcj128 is offline
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Customizing a SR1911 Full Size

So Iíve got a line on a new (old stock) Ruger SR1911 full size for a good price. Iíd like to pick is up as a project gun to play with. Iím thinking of doing the following:

Flat trigger
Wilson Combat Ambi-Safety
S&A mainspring housing with mag guide
New Sights (not sure which yet)
New grips (G10 of some sort or VZís)
Refinish in cerakoat black...

Any suggestions or lessons learned from your own builds?


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Old 05-06-2018, 12:32 PM
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Consider tuning what came with the gun before you start replacing parts.
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Old 05-06-2018, 04:05 PM
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Sr1911

I had Kent Singletary check that the gun was in/made in spec....4.25 LB trigger/action job......opened up rear site and he made a green fiber optic front...if i remember the front sight is a odd height, black thin Alumagrips and a arched MSH.
Kent said the gun was actually a very good build from the factory.....Remember any spray on finish will wear off.....I kinda regret the 2 pistols i had coated....Unless they are handled with kid gloves and not used or carried i would leave the finish alone...
My .02

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Old 05-07-2018, 07:22 PM
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no spray paint! hard chrome, melonite or leave it the way it is.

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Old 05-07-2018, 08:53 PM
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What is the sight cut? Is it a standard Novak?


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Old 05-08-2018, 03:05 PM
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It looks like your planning on adding $500 in parts to a $600 gun?
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Old 05-08-2018, 05:28 PM
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I put a Colt Arched Mainspring Housing (MSH) on mine.
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Old 05-08-2018, 05:47 PM
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Not a Ruger, but when I installed a S&A MSH/magwell on my gun, there was a hairline gap between funnel and frame.
Tight-fitting grips sort-of masked the problem, but I knew it was there.
I elongated the pin hole toward 6:00, then heavily peened around the edge of the hole toward 12:00 to suck it up tight to the frame.
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Old 05-08-2018, 06:36 PM
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IMO, I'd look into a Dan Wesson instead of throwing money into a Ruger.
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:16 PM
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So far, with my SR1911, all I've done was to install a FO front sight and change the grips to the Ruger white grips.

However, I just purchased a Cylinder & Slide 1911 Ultra Match Chamfered 3.5 lb. Trigger Pull Set CS0226. I hope to have it installed next week. The objectives are to reduce trigger pull down a bit from the present 5.25 pounds as well as address the creep in the stock trigger...

This SR1911 is dedicated to range use only - no carry for this one...

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Old 05-13-2018, 08:42 PM
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I had a list for mine but decided that a few home cosmetic changes was all I needed to really like the gun. I think the SR1911 is a handsome gun but also not really worth the money to really customize it. In fact, it's one of a few 1911's that I have where all parts, MIM and all are left unchanged except the MSH. I just added a two piece ( Wilson I think ) MSH/magwell and bead blasted the thumb safety, grip safety, slide stop to match the rest of the gun. I really like it just the way it is, maybe only a front F/O sight and that's it.




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Old 05-27-2018, 10:44 AM
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I absolutely love this full size. Honestly It shoots better than my Les Baer UTC
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Old 05-28-2018, 06:41 PM
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The SR1911 is a very good pistol right out of the box. I have done something similar to what you are proposing a couple of times, but I never did the cerakoat or re-finish to mine.

My only caution is that it's sort of like putting a lot of chrome and accessories on a Harley Davidson, don't expect to recover your dollars spent should you later decide to sell it.
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:27 PM
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Fortunately my LWT CMD came with almost everything I wanted in a carry gun. The only change I made was a Greider short trigger to provide for proper trigger finger placement.
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:06 PM
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I did a lot of work to my CMD, including the S&A Magwell... I was very happy with how it turned out, but I ended up trading it a couple years back. Sometimes I regret it, but I'll get another one of these days. I'm considering doing similar work to the 10mm I just got, but I don't know yet which direction I want to go with it. So far I've just changed the grips and replaced the thumb safety with a standard type.
The beauty of the 1911 is that you can make it yours, however you desire.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:50 PM
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Try the Ruger the way it is right out of the box but of course clean and lube it well first. You may surprise yourself and like it the way it is. I have the Commander and really like it and I have done nothing to it but shoot it.
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Old 07-01-2018, 01:52 AM
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I have the SR1911 Target Model. There is nothing I would change about my gun.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:01 AM
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Well, got the 5” out of Maryland Administrative Penal Holding. Shot it. Shoots well, almost to point of aim. Looks like 2.5” or better gun @ 25 yard. This is a 670 prefix gun, my CMD a 672 prefix gun. SR1911 guns would be a dynamite pistol for the $$$ if Ruger would
1.) Tighten barrel bushing tolerances;
2.) cleanup and dehorn the grip safety/frame interface;
3.) refine the trigger just a tad more.

That would increase cost about $50...well worth it.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:24 AM
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I have a CMD, so far, I've boosted the hammer, installed a Colt sear spring and it now has a very nice 3-1/2# trigger. Small Colt safety, filed the front sight down so it would shoot point of aim. I don't like the front sight, Ruger installed a black front sight so I could file it down but the angle on the rear of the sight doesn't work for me. I think it'll get a Novak adjustable rear and a brass bead front. This gun and the CMD it replaced both shot about 6" low, Ruger didn't care but did install the black sight for me.
Bottom line, I like shooting it more than my other 5 45s. Gonna spring for the Novak sights. The only other thing is it needs checkering on the front of the grip, got stair tread tape on it now, may be good enough.
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Old 07-04-2018, 03:24 PM
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To edit, on the 5” gun
- changed the trigger to a slightly shorter one (.100””);
- did a trigger job 4.5 pound pull;
- quick blended the grip safety/frame juncture. On down the road I’ll probably
fit an EGW grip safety;
- installed a snugger barrel bushing
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:10 AM
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I changed out all he black parts with EGW stuff and now I am happy with it, all stainless now.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:52 AM
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For the OP.

This is my second SR1911. First the CMD then this full size. On both of them I tried to do the 'minimal mods' needed to get an acceptable pistol for me. When it comes to the grip safety, I tried to contour and blend the grip safety and frame tang area but can't get past any viable configuration. Always a pinch, poke or abrasion point using thumb over thumb safety paddle grip. On both I have fitted EGW grip safeties. Now I am content with them. The SR's really should have a better grip safety from the factory. And stop putting those maingey flats on the slide stop and thumb safety pins.
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:38 PM
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I changed out all he black parts with EGW stuff and now I am happy with it, all stainless now.

Do you have pic of this out of curiosity?
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:06 AM
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I was able to do a fantastic trade for a new SR1911. I made cosmetic & functional changes to it doing my own work, & have very little money in it. It has been 100% reliable, accurate, & a joy to shoot, I am completely satisfied with it, & see no need to spend more on the perfect full size stainless 1911 for my needs. I found it to be an excellent base for modifications.
* Flat checkered S&A Magwell + Bone Grips
* Short stainless trigger + tweaking
* Fusion commander Hammer
* Fusion FO front Sight
* W.C. Extended slide release
* Matte Hard Chromed original Ruger SAFETIES
* Stainless Magazine release

Although my SR may not thrill everyone, It is the only full size 1911 I need. My only other 1911 is a similarly prepared RIA Compact officers 1911, which I have also enjoyed very much.
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Old 10-27-2018, 10:22 PM
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It looks like your planning on adding $500 in parts to a $600 gun?
Sort of like upgrading a Springer Mil Spec. No one squawks about that.
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