Stainless 1911 Project

Some 1911s.

Just a quick iPhone picture of my Kimber, my everyday carry gun.

The Stainless Springfield Armory 1911 as featured in previous posts.


Starting the Stainless gun.

I decided to order the following items:
Ed Brown Hardcore Hammer, Sear, Disconnector, Thumb Safety and a Novak Tritium front and rear sight.

The hammer, sear and disconnector I sent off to my friend Steve in Tallahassee, along with a bottle of Bourbon for his trouble, and he returned them to me about a week later, worked over for a nice crisp trigger.
I fitted the thumb safety myself, as I had done this in the past. There is not much to it, but it’s a bit of a tedious job, as it’s hard to mark and reach. And too much material is easily removed.

The Novak sights pretty much went in without needing too much persuasion.

I didn’t really touch the gun after this, heck, I didn’t even shoot it! It lived in my safe for a good year, mainly because I wasn’t sure what to do next, and there were other projects that required my attention.
Finally, I got some more elbow room to work on my projects, and decided to move on with this one.

Combat Blacken. An intro to a project.

The gun started out as a Springfield Armory Inc. 1911 PX9154LP I purchased used, with around 200 rounds through it.

Upon closer inspection after taking her home, I came to the conclusion that the overall fit and finish were not impressive. The Black, which is
a kind of paint (I assume not SA Inc’s Armory Kote, which is holding up very well on my TRP Operator) had some scratches, and appeared to be scratching very easily.

I noticed the front sight was slightly canted, there was too much dye in the sights, to where is was stained around the holes.
Slide overhang was considerable, the extractor protruded quite a bit out of the back of the slide. Trigger fit was also sloppy, and it rattled in the frame. Not really an issue, but not desirable on a gun that Springfield Armory Inc. tags an MSRP of $999.00  on.

The first range trip was not impressive either, the gun cycled OK, but was not accurate, mostly because of the horrendous trigger pull.
I didn’t measure it, but it was gritty and heavy, with a lot of creep.

Overall, less than satisfying, in my opinion.

What were the options?

There were two options as I saw it.

Option #1 was to send it to Springfield’s custom shop, and have them perform the TRP Package. The TRP package contains the following:

Install TRP™ barrel & bushing (bull barrel system in pistols shorter or longer than 5”), skeletonized delta hammer, low mount Novak rear sight & dovetail front sight with 3 dot tritium inserts (dovetail front sight & tritium inserts not available on ported 1911-A1 V10 models), extended ambidextrous thumb safety, custom fitted beavertail grip safety, adjustable lightweight aluminum match trigger, full length guide rod w/heavy duty recoil spring & buffer system (buffer system not available in pistols shorter than 5”), flat checkered mainspring housing; tune & polish extractor; deburr pistol internally; carry bevel™ sharp edges of pistol; machine checker front strap 20LPI (+); check headspace; polish feed ramp & throat barrel; combat action job w/smoothly tuned 4.5-5.5# trigger pull; re-contour frame and dust cover to 2002 specs; front cocking serrations; Armory Kote™ finish, satin finish, stainless steel, or carbon models. Additional charge of $75 to add Springfield, Inc. 2-piece mag well, matched to bevel on frame of pistol. **Upgrade your 2000 or newer Springfield “Loaded” model to TRP™ specifications for $765. (GI and Mil-Spec Models are not “Loaded”)
Additional charge of $100 to add Springfield, Inc. 2-piece mag well, matched to bevel on frame.

So for another $765 plus overnight shipping each way, I could own a Stainless/Black TRP. A $1,600.00 Stainless/Black TRP.
A used TRP can be had for considerably less, and $1,600.00 can buy you a much nicer used custom 1911 (used Ed Brown, Wilson, or new Fusion, Dan Wesson or even a TRP Operator)

Option #2 was, being that I didn’t have this gun as a primary gun, to turn it into a project I would (mostly ) do myself.
Do it the way I want it, and learn something as I go. And, I’d be able to build exactly the way I wanted it.

Needless to say, Option #2 is the one I chose.