...That's what Caleb asked about my new Sistema Colt. He and I have a very different take on what to do with a 1911 but I simply answered, "Clean it and shoot it," without considering that a serious competition shooty-guy would naturally view a bone-stock 1911 as the raw material you took to the 'smith to have turned into a gun.
I am not a total purist:
The chipped edge of the sear probably contributes to an unreasonably heavy trigger, which I will have an Actual Gunsmith correct.
The lovely wide-spur hammer bites me, unlike my .38 Super 1911's only slightly more modest hammer. Correcting that calls for one of two changes and here I do get a little picky: the fix cannot require changes to the frame and has to be reversible. So I need either a little "beavertail" grip safety of the drop-in variety, which is tactically doubleplus uncool 'cos that kind interferes with the proper high grip or a spurless hammer like the Cylinder & Slide Warp Speed, which I'm pretty sure would have to be professionally fitted, especially since I want to be able to put the original hammer back in. I prefer the second option but I'm still thinkin'.
Sights. Ow. The original sights are not bad; unlike my .38SA, nobody's polished the corners off the front sight. Still, nice three-dots would work better for me. If I have modern sights installed, that'll be irreversible.
What I'm after is to make changes that will make the gun nicer to shoot without losing the classic feel and look of the gun. I like 'em simple but not ugly.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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