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Old 01-13-2020, 08:53 PM
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Just a quick FYI...

Midway USA has the flat blued steel Gold Cup mainspring housings currently in stock for around $48. Just a few dollars more than the Les Baer housings and they fit Colt frames nicely without needing additional fitting. I just got one for my 1911 Classic to replace the plastic one that was on it. I've been going back and forth between a flat or an arched housing and finally decided I prefer the flat, but the plastic one I had on it just had to go.
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Old 01-13-2020, 09:04 PM
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Yeah, thanks for the heads up. I too have been looking for one.
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Old 01-13-2020, 09:10 PM
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Midway USA has the flat blued steel Gold Cup mainspring housings currently in stock for around $48. Just a few dollars more than the Les Baer housings and they fit Colt frames nicely without needing additional fitting. I just got one for my 1911 Classic to replace the plastic one that was on it. I've been going back and forth between a flat or an arched housing and finally decided I prefer the flat, but the plastic one I had on it just had to go.
Thanks the plastic has to go!

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Old 01-13-2020, 10:34 PM
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Thanks here as well; I got two!
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:55 AM
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Thanks for the heads up, I just ordered three of them.
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:00 AM
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Thanks for the heads up. Placed an order.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:01 PM
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Thanks. I was looking for one with the grooves but also a lanyard loop.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:41 PM
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Thanks. I was looking for one with the grooves but also a lanyard loop.
I don't think you'll find both with the Colt parts. I wanted a lanyard loop and had to settle for the flat, smooth MSH for an O1918, also obtained from Midway. Love it, love it, love it.
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:47 PM
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Unfortunately nobody that I know of offers a serrated housing with a lanyard loop. I've seen some checkered ones, but to me those look a bit odd on a basic plain-jane 1911.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:48 PM
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Unfortunately nobody that I know of offers a serrated housing with a lanyard loop. I've seen some checkered ones, but to me those look a bit odd on a basic plain-jane 1911.
I believe Cylinder and Slide will put a lanyard loop on any MSH you send them IIRC.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:49 PM
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Where have all the "plastic" arched M/S housings gone? I've had one on order (Brownell's) for a year!

Any "plastic" arched M/S housings out there looking for a new home?

For sale? Trade? or Pay it forward?

I have a new Officer Size, Checkmate, 9mm magazine to trade or post on the "Pay it Forward Thread!

All the best,
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:20 PM
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Where have all the "plastic" arched M/S housings gone? I've had one on order (Brownell's) for a year!

Any "plastic" arched M/S housings out there looking for a new home?

For sale? Trade? or Pay it forward?

I have a new Officer Size, Checkmate, 9mm magazine to trade or post on the "Pay it Forward Thread!

All the best,

I'm pretty sure I have on around here I'm not using. I'll around to see if I can find it.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:29 AM
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I'm pretty sure I have on around here I'm not using. I'll around to see if I can find it.
I check PM's daily!
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:37 AM
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Pale face, I liked the looks of that smooth mainspring housing you showed. I went to Midways website and couldn't find it. Any other ideas? It seems like I saw a couple on Ebay but the quality didn't seem that good.
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:07 PM
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I don't know where Pale Face obtained his, but EGW sells them:

https://www.egwguns.com/mainspring-h...loop-ww2-11456

and I think Smith & Alexander does too:

http://www.smithandalexander.com/spr-housing.html
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:22 PM
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Midway USA has the flat blued steel Gold Cup mainspring housings currently in stock for around $48. Just a few dollars more than the Les Baer housings and they fit Colt frames nicely without needing additional fitting. I just got one for my 1911 Classic to replace the plastic one that was on it. I've been going back and forth between a flat or an arched housing and finally decided I prefer the flat, but the plastic one I had on it just had to go.
DSK Can you drop in a link to the midway MSH....I cant seem to find it....yeah Iím internet challenged apparently
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Old 01-15-2020, 03:20 PM
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DSK Can you drop in a link to the midway MSH....I cant seem to find it....yeah I’m internet challenged apparently
I know I'm not dsk, but since I saw your post:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1019930789?pid=963336
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:14 PM
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I know I'm not dsk, but since I saw your post:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1019930789?pid=963336
Awesome......thank you!
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:50 PM
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Where have all the "plastic" arched M/S housings gone? I've had one on order (Brownell's) for a year!

Any "plastic" arched M/S housings out there looking for a new home?
I've got spare plastic flat housings coming out the wazoo, but the only plastic arched one I have is in use. Colt hasn't used plastic arched housings in a long time so I'm surprised they even still list them for sale. Have you been checking eBay frequently?
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:55 PM
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Midway USA has the flat blued steel Gold Cup mainspring housings currently in stock for around $48. Just a few dollars more than the Les Baer housings and they fit Colt frames nicely without needing additional fitting. I just got one for my 1911 Classic to replace the plastic one that was on it. I've been going back and forth between a flat or an arched housing and finally decided I prefer the flat, but the plastic one I had on it just had to go.

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do you have a thought on an very small magwell that would attach well to this msh?
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:55 PM
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I check PM's daily!
I need to look through a BUNCH of clutter in my home office but I'll let you know whether or not I find it. All I'll need after that is a shipping address.
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:01 PM
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Pale face, I liked the looks of that smooth mainspring housing you showed. I went to Midways website and couldn't find it. Any other ideas? It seems like I saw a couple on Ebay but the quality didn't seem that good.
It wasn't what I was originally looking for (I thought I wanted an arched, grooved MSH in blue, but I wanted the Colt P/N, not an aftermarket. Couldn't find it anywhere, but when I saw the smooth MSH with lanyadr loop and it was a Colt part number. the light bulb went on. Since I was already in process of sending it to Dave Severns for refinishing, I asked him to refinish that one to match. He said it dropped in perfectly.

BTW, I really hate that he seems to be out of business. His Hard Hat finish really did elevate the appearance of the pistol from mediocre to outstanding.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:09 PM
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I have a few genuine Colt flat serrated MSHs that also have a lanyard loop. I like them a lot and wish I had more. I have looked for them a few times and can not find them for sale. I got them in some part lots of unwanted M45A1 parts. I wish Colt would offer them for sale.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:13 PM
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I also have a arched nylon Colt MHS for trade. Mine is made to match a stainless 1911.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:18 PM
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I also have nylon arched MSH in black for trade if anyone is interested. No guts
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