Thumb Safety fitting on a Wilson Combat 1911
I'm new to this site and just love it. I lived a sheltered life until I met my wife and her family. I got into hunting, guns, building guns, etc when I met her and just have an all around love of the outdoors just never got to enjoy it much until I met my wife. I have finally built an AR-15 and am now going to attempt to build a 1911. I'm getting all my parts from Wilson Combat and was just wondering if anyone had any general advice before I start to assembly it. You know, the usual things to watch out for, the things I need to pay particular attention to.....that sort of thing. I greatly appreciate any advice and will definitely take it into consideration.
It's a big job that takes time and the patience of a watchmaker. I have never tried. perhaps when I retire.
Buy at least Kuhnhausen Volume 1.
It is NOT like an AR.
There is a significant amount of fitting required (unless you want a GI quality gun).
Ditto on the kuhnhousen book. There are many subtle fitting areas that if done wrong, will ruin the part beyond salvage. Read the book several times until you really understand what's going on. When fitting, there are places you can freehand with a file or stone and others you must use a jig (sear/hammer hooks for one). Good luck and when you start on the 1911, how about posting a stage by stage thread on your progress. I for one would be interested.
I will definitely do that. Thanks for the advise. I have been looking up videos and even have the DVD Set from Wilson Combat on customizing the 1911.
I am currently building a 1911. I have the frame assembled now, and i need to do just a little bit of fine tuning on it. My slide will be here on Wednesday and i will start on the rest of it. It is MUCH harder than building an AK, AR, or FAL. I have about 20-25 hours on the frame alone, but I am a perfectionist...I have a thread going in the 1911 forum, but need to update it. Definitely get both Kuhnhausen manuals. I have relied on the both of them.
There is NO SUCH THING as a "drop in" 1911 part. My mag catch took about 30 minutes plus of fitting.
If you do have any questions, feel free to PM me and i will help you out as best as i can even though i am somewhat a novice at this.