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What do you consider to be a ballpark price for a gunsmith to do a trigger job on a 1911-A1 (give it no play and make it a lighter pull) and switch out the hammer and beavertail (Assuming I were to supply the beavertail and hammer)? ...or what is the most you are willing to pay to have this done? Thanks!
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Philadelphia Patriot;102191 Wrote:What do you consider to be a ballpark price for a gunsmith to do a trigger job on a 1911-A1 (give it no play and make it a lighter pull) and switch out the hammer and beavertail (Assuming I were to supply the beavertail and hammer)? ...or what is the most you are willing to pay to have this done? Thanks!

So many thoughts swirl on this one. What brand pistol are we talking about? Also, pricing is regional. Since youre in Philly, I figure more than Id pay out here.

Check out this thread on the subject:
http://www.perfectunion.com/vb/1911-talk...mmies.html
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Here is a price list from B.E.C. , just to give you an idea. http://www.businessendcustoms.com/Price_List.html
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Thanks for your input guys. This is for my Tisas 1911-A1. I think I am just going to replace the sights and leave it at that. I bought this pistol to learn how to shoot, assemble, disassemble, and beat to hell before purchasing a better quality 1911. For $400, it's an awesome 1911 to learn from and use as a camping gun and work gun (OCing while cutting the lawn, etc.). Because I now know what to look for in a 1911, I think my next purchase will probably be a Ruger SR1911 commander. After holding one, it's everything I want in a 1911.
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Philadelphia Patriot;102308 Wrote:Thanks for your input guys. This is for my Tisas 1911-A1. I think I am just going to replace the sights and leave it at that. I bought this pistol to learn how to shoot, assemble, disassemble, and beat to hell before purchasing a better quality 1911. For $400, it's an awesome 1911 to learn from and use as a camping gun and work gun (OCing while cutting the lawn, etc.). Because I now know what to look for in a 1911, I think my next purchase will probably be a Ruger SR1911 commander. After holding one, it's everything I want in a 1911.

You should follow the link I posted and experiment/learn on that Tisas. Has Ruger nailed down the production issues they had with their 1911's?
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Spacemanvic;102309 Wrote:You should follow the link I posted and experiment/learn on that Tisas. Has Ruger nailed down the production issues they had with their 1911's?

My Dad and I (I know I've said this before, but you guys might have forgotten. I'm only a few years out of college and still live at home while I am saving) are going to clean our garage this summer and I plan on putting a "gun work bench" in there for stuff like that, cleaning my guns, and possibly reloading. That's probably when I'll look into seriously trying to improve my 1911.

From what I heard, there were a few lemons, but most of the people who own them love them. My friend picked up a smith and wesson commander model 1911 and loves it. I would consider that too, but right now I am pretty set on the SR1911 commander. If I don't go with a SR1911 commander, then my next choice (and obviously pricier choice) is the Kimber compact stainless II (See below).

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Philadelphia Patriot;102310 Wrote:
Spacemanvic;102309 Wrote:You should follow the link I posted and experiment/learn on that Tisas. Has Ruger nailed down the production issues they had with their 1911's?

My Dad and I (I know I've said this before, but you guys might have forgotten. I'm only a few years out of college and still live at home while I am saving) are going to clean our garage this summer and I plan on putting a "gun work bench" in there for stuff like that, cleaning my guns, and possibly reloading. That's probably when I'll look into seriously trying to improve my 1911.

From what I heard, there were a few lemons, but most of the people who own them love them. My friend picked up a smith and wesson commander model 1911 and loves it. I would consider that too, but right now I am pretty set on the SR1911 commander. If I don't go with a SR1911 commander, then my next choice (and obviously pricier choice) is the Kimber compact stainless II (See below).

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I was desperate to get a Ruger SR1911 when they first came out, but the few that my LGS got had some issues with them. Then another batched showed up and I was waved off of that one too. A year later, didnt see any show up and I was getting 1911-antsy (2011 hoopla and all that, plus I just LOVE the 1911 design and history). Someone clued me in to the Rock Island Armory 1911 line and after extensive research, found out that the RIA frame was used as the base build for several lines of 1911's, came with a lifetime warranty etc etc. Is it a show piece? Hell no LOL - but it only cost me $450 for the 1911 tactical and it is my carry weapon. I'll get extra springs to try out the trigger mod, but mine already has a sub 5lb trigger pull and is very accurate out of the box. Best firearm purchase hands down.

One day I might get a Colt safe-queen, but Ill grow up on/learn with the RIA and teach my children with it. And I'll pass it down to them and it will have intrinsic value.

Like I said, that TSAS to me represents an opportunity: learn and modify the platform.
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Spacemanvic;102343 Wrote:I was desperate to get a Ruger SR1911 when they first came out, but the few that my LGS got had some issues with them. Then another batched showed up and I was waved off of that one too. A year later, didnt see any show up and I was getting 1911-antsy (2011 hoopla and all that, plus I just LOVE the 1911 design and history). Someone clued me in to the Rock Island Armory 1911 line and after extensive research, found out that the RIA frame was used as the base build for several lines of 1911's, came with a lifetime warranty etc etc. Is it a show piece? Hell no LOL - but it only cost me $450 for the 1911 tactical and it is my carry weapon. I'll get extra springs to try out the trigger mod, but mine already has a sub 5lb trigger pull and is very accurate out of the box. Best firearm purchase hands down.

One day I might get a Colt safe-queen, but Ill grow up on/learn with the RIA and teach my children with it. And I'll pass it down to them and it will have intrinsic value.

Like I said, that TSAS to me represents an opportunity: learn and modify the platform.

I would totally get an RIA 1911 Compact Tactical if it came in stainless or nickel matte. Only the full sized models come in nickel matte. That's the only thing preventing me from buying one.
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Philadelphia Patriot;102358 Wrote:
Spacemanvic;102343 Wrote:I was desperate to get a Ruger SR1911 when they first came out, but the few that my LGS got had some issues with them. Then another batched showed up and I was waved off of that one too. A year later, didnt see any show up and I was getting 1911-antsy (2011 hoopla and all that, plus I just LOVE the 1911 design and history). Someone clued me in to the Rock Island Armory 1911 line and after extensive research, found out that the RIA frame was used as the base build for several lines of 1911's, came with a lifetime warranty etc etc. Is it a show piece? Hell no LOL - but it only cost me $450 for the 1911 tactical and it is my carry weapon. I'll get extra springs to try out the trigger mod, but mine already has a sub 5lb trigger pull and is very accurate out of the box. Best firearm purchase hands down.

One day I might get a Colt safe-queen, but Ill grow up on/learn with the RIA and teach my children with it. And I'll pass it down to them and it will have intrinsic value.

Like I said, that TSAS to me represents an opportunity: learn and modify the platform.

I would totally get an RIA 1911 Compact Tactical if it came in stainless or nickel matte. Only the full sized models come in nickel matte. That's the only thing preventing me from buying one.

The "Citadel CIT45CSPBN Citadel M-1911 Full Size 45 ACP 3.5" 6+1" might be what I am looking for too.

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Take a look over here http://www.1911addicts.com/forum.php a bunch of good pistol smiths and a lot of knowledgeable 1911 guys.
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