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I have and will some more and will try and not let it bite me again ;-)

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If you want, you can get a different beavertail and just swap parts. Of course keep the OEM part and hopeful in a marked bag/container so you know where it came from.

thats the thing with the older 1911, they like to bite.
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Might I suggest that you wear a glove. I use an old golf glove for instance.
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If you want, you can get a different beavertail and just swap parts. Of course keep the OEM part and hopeful in a marked bag/container so you know where it came from.
thats the thing with the older 1911, they like to bite.
Thought of that, think I’ll leave it be and shoot it now and then. When I get the urge to go through a box of 45’s I’ll take out the Kimber.
It does have a surprisingly crisp trigger.

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Might I suggest that you wear a glove. I use an old golf glove for instance.
I do have a ‘pair’ of golf gloves ( SIL works for a supplier ) though I find the Ironclad ‘Touchscreen’ to give better ‘feedback??’ And they’re cheap and black, the Wilson golf gloves don’t come in black, get dirty fast.

With my vintage eyeballs that front sight is difficult to pick up.
Fun to work it and ponder it’s age and the stories it could tell.

Thanks for the info
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With my vintage eyeballs that front sight is difficult to pick up.
Fun to work it and ponder it’s age and the stories it could tell.
Rich
Ditto and ditto with my like vintage Union S&S 1911 45.
Fortunately mine doesn't bite the hand that feeds it. I hear it hurts.
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A few years ago I discovered my desktop computer glasses set for about arms length work very well for handgun shooting. The sights are quite clear and though the target fuzzes out some my hits and scores are higher. Works for me, ymmv.
Fwiw, the oft referred to 'flaming bomb' is the Ordnance Mark, not a proof mark, etc. See www.coltautos.com/1911ci 126398.htm for more info on this.
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A few years ago I discovered my desktop computer glasses set for about arms length work very well for handgun shooting. The sights are quite clear and though the target fuzzes out some my hits and scores are higher. Works for me, ymmv.
Fwiw, the oft referred to 'flaming bomb' is the Ordnance Mark, not a proof mark, etc. See www.coltautos.com/1911ci 126398.htm for more info on this.
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YUP....I found that my prescription from 15-20 years ago work real well for pistol use.
Thanks for the link, was reading about 1911 operation....
‘ to release the slide from open position, press upon the thumb piece of the slide stop, then the slide will go forward to it’s closed position.
Think John had anything to do with that manual ? ;-)

TOO HOT to go out and shoot

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Go to COLTFever.com and Coltforums.com,

you can rerun the SN and get a closer date.

Nice Find and history, the inspector mark on left side behind trigger seems to be a stamp used during the late 1910's time period, I base this on similar stamps on my 1917 Winchester Enfield.

Also, the SN is similar to military buys of the 1911, as after WWI, the commercial 1911 used a "C" prefix to the SN.

May want to locate a "DIXIE Gun Works catalog, as there is a section of "INSPECTORs' mark and time period used.\, I think they include the WWI period.
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Here are a few 1911 SN sites that came up in a 30 second googlie search:

http://sightm1911.com/1911Production.htm
https://gun-data.com/colt_1911_1937_1945.htm
http://www.cruffler.com/ProductionDa...el-1911A1.html
http://proofhouse.com/colt/

And, though I forgot where I originally found this, just for general info:
When M1911 & 1911A1 pistols were rebuilt a military facility they were rebuilt without
any regard to the maker of the frame, slide or other parts...mix 'n match, first in- last
out, whatever was expedient to get the pistol in and out was the rule of thumb.
Any such rebuilds will normally be stamped with a code indicating the facility that did the
work. It might be any of the following (and there may well be others not shown):
AAA - Anniston Army Depot
AA - Augusta Arsenal
BA - Benecia Arsenal
MR - Mt. Rainier Ordnance Depot
OG - Ogden Arsenal
RA - Raritan Arsenal
RR - Red River Arsenal
RIA - Rock Island Arsenal
SAA - San Antonio Arsenal
SA - Springfield Armory [Original Gov't Military site, NOT current company]
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In Vietnam when we encountered a 1911 that was missing parts, had broken parts or was for whatever reason malfunctioning our unit armorer would dig into his spare 1911 parts bucket and fish out the same parts but in better condition and accomplish the parts substitution repairs on the spot. The actual cosmetics of the 1911 repair never even entered into the equation. That's why so many military 1911 pistols ended up with a complete mishmash of different generation parts. The only objective at the time was to do whatever was necessary to get the pistol back into combat ready service.

I also support the suggested proposition of leaving the family heirloom 1911 as it is. As it is, it kind of tells a story that you do not wish to alter. If you need another 1911 to use as an accurate and comfortable shooter, new and used Rock Island Arsenal (Philippine Armscorp manufacture) 1911's can be had at quite reasonable prices. They tend to be very good guns for the money.
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