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Old 05-20-2018, 12:08 AM
Tacofrank Tacofrank is offline
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R-1 Main Spring Housing Upgrade?

I'd like to replace the plastic main spring housing in my R-1 with a steel one. Will any of them drop right in?
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Old 05-20-2018, 01:27 AM
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I put in a Smith & Alexander without any issues. Dropped right in. Wouldnít see why any other wouldnít without minor fitting at the most.
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:55 AM
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It "might" drop in. It "might" not. I have seen parts so far out of spec I wouldn't even try. Just get a refund and try another part.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:30 AM
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It "might" drop in. It "might" not. I have seen parts so far out of spec I wouldn't even try. Just get a refund and try another part.
If you are not familiar with Brownell's guarantee check it out. They also have a variety of main spring/mag well housings.

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Old 05-20-2018, 02:41 PM
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Curious as to when and what model of R1 they started to put a plastic MSH in? Iíve got a standard R1 that I bought in 2014 and itís got a steel MSH. Just curious.

On that note I just last week dropped in an aluminum Wilson Combat MSH for my Springfield Range Office Champion (aluminum frame) and there was some minor fitting that I had to do. Just had to file the two tongs at the top of the MSH down a bit since it was a little too snug against the bottom of the grip safety which was causing it to bind. It was really easy to do.

My only question now is what to do with the bare aluminum spots on the MSH that were filed.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:00 PM
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Are you sure it's plastic, mine is steel. My gun is a NY made in 2014 also. Maybe they have changed them..
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:42 PM
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Thank you all for your replies.
SPSIX Mine is definitely plastic. I got it in February and it's marked Huntsville, Alabama USA.
I know the sight dove tails are different than most sight manufactures and hope the main spring is a standard part.
Think I'll check their site and see if they offer a steel part.
Again thanks for all of your replies.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:30 PM
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Ditto on the Smith and Alexander. Dropped right in my R1 Commander. FWIW, my R1 purchased in 2012 had a metal MSH. My Commander, purchased in 2014 came with plastic. Both are NY guns.
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:36 PM
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I have a 2013 R1 Carry Commander made in NY and it has a steel MSH .
Remington must have cheapened out since moving to AL with plastic parts .
In the end it's not a big deal , 20 minutes of your time and replace with quality MSH of your choice .
Colt does the same thing , why they use cheap plastic MSH units and plastic triggers is beyond me though .
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Old 05-22-2018, 03:47 PM
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I have a new R1 made in Huntsville Alabama, it has a plastic main spring housing.
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Old 05-22-2018, 10:11 PM
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Interesting, guess they went to plastic. I would bet they are still a very nice gun, Mine shoots great when I do. I like the availability & ability to interchange parts for 1911s, all the more fun ! Yes the sight dovetail cut is not like most, I was told it would have to be re-cut to put better sights on mine. Wonder if the "enhanced" version is the same way ?
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:17 AM
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I have replace a few in R1's, I used the Fusion Firearms brand, they dropped right in mo modifications. Fairly priced also and good people to deal with
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:44 PM
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Smith and Alexander for me also. Again dropped right in on my R1 enhanced.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:41 PM
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Some aftermarket MS housings like Les Baer's are actually slightly oversized and often need fitting on some guns. Jut stay away from the junk brands like John Masen, which are sometimes so far off-spec no amount of fitting will get them to work.
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:08 AM
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Some aftermarket MS housings like Les Baer's are actually slightly oversized and often need fitting on some guns. Jut stay away from the junk brands like John Masen, which are sometimes so far off-spec no amount of fitting will get them to work.

The Wilson Combat Aluminum I dropped in was too tall and had to be filed a bit. I bought two of them just in case there were variables but they were exactly the same. Great once I filed it down but definitely not a drop in part.
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:20 AM
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Fusion has a variety of finishes and textures. They are high quality and have dropped in to every 1911 I’ve tried them in. They are reasonably priced considering their high quality.
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Old 05-26-2018, 02:31 PM
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R-1 Main Spring Housing Upgrade?

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Fusion has a variety of finishes and textures. They are high quality and have dropped in to every 1911 Iíve tried them in. They are reasonably priced considering their high quality.


Ive heard nothing but great things about Fusion. Only reason I went with the Wilson was that they had an aluminum MSH with more subtle checkering. Little did I know that the MSH I replaced and pulled off my Springfield RO Champion wasnít an aluminum one. It was steel. I assumed Springfield would of gone with aluminum one on an aluminum framed gun. Oh well, you know what they say about assuming.

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Old 06-03-2018, 03:27 PM
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I found a Remington branded steel MSH for my R1 on eBay for $30. I call that a deal. It should just drop in, right?
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Old 06-03-2018, 04:18 PM
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Just have a sharp file handy.......
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:43 AM
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That is a decent price if your goal is to change out to a metal MSH. I would take a look at what the aftermarket has to offer, though. There are some nice options out there, including MSHs with integrated magwells.

If you find something you like, read the reviews. If fit is a problem with a given MSH, you can be reasonably certain someone will write a negative review.

Personally, I like my Hogue Magrips.
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Old 06-08-2018, 04:22 PM
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I found a Remington branded steel MSH for my R1 on eBay for $30. I call that a deal. It should just drop in, right?
Update: it dropped right in.
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Old 06-08-2018, 04:44 PM
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I have replaced the plastic MSH on several of my 1911 pistols. I have used Ed Brown and Smith & Alexander and have only needed to do small filing/fitting on a couple of them.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:05 AM
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I have been using the Fusion Firearms brand of mainspring housings for years, quality is great, priced right and I have replaced probably 18 with Fusion MSH and a drop-in.
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:11 AM
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Mine has an Ed Brown arched mainspring housing with a lanyard loop added by Cylinder and Slide.

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Old 07-06-2018, 04:17 PM
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I have a new R1 made in Huntsville Alabama, it has a plastic main spring housing.
Bought my new Huntsville R1 almost 14 months ago. It has a steel MSH.
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