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Old 09-29-2021, 04:15 AM
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I've been looking or a GSG 1911 22 for over a year now and have had no luck. I bought one two years ago, liked it a lot but my son really wanted it so I gave it to him for his birthday.

For $279 it was a great gun to work on. Lots of accessories and almost 80% parts interchangeability with the stock Colt. Too bad, there are none available. I haven't given up hope all together but I still want a project gun in .22. I currently have three Ruger Mark IVs and a Mark III to play with so I want something else.

Has anyone tried the Walther/Colt 1911 22? It's $ 100 more than a GSG so I'm a little scheptical.
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Old 09-29-2021, 05:46 AM
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I have one of each. The Walther/Colt (phony pony) is easier to take down than the GSG.

Both are Zamex frame guns.

I found the phony pony is more reliable with a wider variety of ammo. The GSG definitely prefers mini-mags.

Which model pony, government or target? Mine is a target with fully adjustable rear sights. My GSG came with a "Novak" style rear site.

For equal money I would get the pony. For a C note, I might go for the GSG.

But you could recoup a $100 fairly quickly on ammo costs if you can shoot bulk ammo.

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Old 09-29-2021, 06:05 AM
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I like my Colt/Walther/Umarex enough to dress it up with VZ grips AzShooter. It's a hoot to shoot suppressed, dependable enough for steel challenge, and as Gator notes not ammo sensitive.

I've handled the GSG version but never shot one so I don't have any advice about relative value. I do see them on Gun Broker, here's one example https://www.gunbroker.com/item/912097368

I don't see where you'll go wrong with either gun.

Have fun!

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Old 09-29-2021, 07:52 AM
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I had just the conversion GSG upper I ran on this RIA Lower I put together..It worked great..I think it ran CCI SV fine too..

I sold it when I ran into this original Colt upper conversion..I also modified a spare barrel and chambered it to 17HM. Now with a quick barrel swap I can shoot both 22 and 17HM2..

I do use the GSG mags with my Colt upper...Better than the original Colts were.

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Old 09-29-2021, 09:57 AM
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Thanks everyone. Well, I missed the Colt so I'll wait until the Colt or GSG are available.
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Old 09-29-2021, 03:34 PM
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I like my Colt/Walther/Umarex enough to dress it up with VZ grips AzShooter. It's a hoot to shoot suppressed, dependable enough for steel challenge, and as Gator notes not ammo sensitive.

I've handled the GSG version but never shot one so I don't have any advice about relative value. I do see them on Gun Broker, here's one example https://www.gunbroker.com/item/912097368

I don't see where you'll go wrong with either gun.

Have fun!

Frank
Like the looks of that pistol!
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Old 09-30-2021, 06:18 AM
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Thanks Webfoot. Another member put the same ones on his and I liked the look so much I copied it. A lot more "curb appeal" than the stock black rubber ones I think.

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Old 10-13-2021, 04:01 PM
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Well, I finally ordered one from Sportsman's Warehouse. It's the Government Model without adjustable sights. I'll shoot it that way but if I can't see them I'll get a set from Dawson Precision.

It only comes with one 12 round magazine. I found a source for more but at $40 each I'm going to get them over the next few months.

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Old 10-21-2021, 07:23 PM
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It showed up today and is a Gold Cup Trophy instead of the Government Model. I'm happy.

I'll be able to shoot it next week and give a review.
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Old 10-22-2021, 07:02 AM
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Congratulations AzShooter, I bet you have fun with it!

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Here it is. I think I'm going to like it. Really feels good in my hands.
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As i'm sure you are now aware after your research on these, that some fire control parts are interchangeable with aftermarket 1911 parts. One of these parts is the thumb safety. As a note of caution, if you decide to remove the thumb safety, I would suggest you do so with the pistol in a heavy plastic bag or pillow case. The one sided plunger and spring that ride on the thumb safety in the plunger tube will quickly depart the frame unless care is taken (as me how I know). The plunger and spring are proprietary on these pistols and replacements are only available from Walther. Just a heads up. These are excellent pistols that will give you years of enjoyment. I bought mine new in 2012 and have many many thousands of rounds through it.
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Old 10-22-2021, 06:36 PM
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Thanks for that information. I had the same problem with my GSG 1911 so I'm away of using a large plastic bag. I did find another source for the parts but hope I won't need to order them.
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Old 10-23-2021, 06:54 AM
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Out of my 1911 parts box I've replaced the thumb safety, hammer, sear, sear spring, mainspring housing, grips, front sight. The trigger is a very nice crisp 3lbs. As I said, they are wonderful pistols. The Dawson Precision fibre optic front sight was a huge improvement.
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Old 10-23-2021, 08:31 AM
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Thanks for the list of upgrades. I've been thinking about doing that. My trigger pull is stock right now at 5 pounds. I have a lighted mainspring that I'm going to try and see if that helps. Maybe even a little polishing.
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