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Link Posted: 4/27/2022 1:35:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: mlin] [#1]
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Originally Posted By dedreckon:
Pretty sure this is recent.

Maritime Raid Force (31st MEU) doing rope training. - had to edit, couldn't get pics to load. Found this on dvids site, same unit doing VBSS prep.

https://d1ldvf68ux039x.cloudfront.net/thumbs/photos/2202/7038335/1000w_q95.jpg
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Nice to see 1911 continue to serve in MEU units. The photo was taken in Feb 2022.
https://www.dvidshub.net/image/7038335/31st-meu-vbss
fnh
Link Posted: 4/27/2022 1:58:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By mlin:

Nice to see 1911 continue to serve in MEU units. The photo was taken in Feb 2022.
https://www.dvidshub.net/image/7038335/31st-meu-vbss
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Originally Posted By mlin:
Originally Posted By dedreckon:
Pretty sure this is recent.

Maritime Raid Force (31st MEU) doing rope training. - had to edit, couldn't get pics to load. Found this on dvids site, same unit doing VBSS prep.

https://d1ldvf68ux039x.cloudfront.net/thumbs/photos/2202/7038335/1000w_q95.jpg

Nice to see 1911 continue to serve in MEU units. The photo was taken in Feb 2022.
https://www.dvidshub.net/image/7038335/31st-meu-vbss


The good old Dirty worst
Link Posted: 4/27/2022 2:12:14 PM EST
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The good old Dirty worst
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We have a guy in my current unit who swears up and down it was his best MEU deployment. That was a first.
Link Posted: 4/27/2022 5:28:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Pleaforwar:


We have a guy in my current unit who swears up and down it was his best MEU deployment. That was a first.
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Originally Posted By Pleaforwar:
Originally Posted By 03RN:


The good old Dirty worst


We have a guy in my current unit who swears up and down it was his best MEU deployment. That was a first.


Mine turned into a trip to Fallujah in 04.
Link Posted: 4/27/2022 5:50:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By dedreckon:
Pretty sure this is recent.

Maritime Raid Force (31st MEU) doing rope training. - had to edit, couldn't get pics to load. Found this on dvids site, same unit doing VBSS prep.

https://d1ldvf68ux039x.cloudfront.net/thumbs/photos/2202/7038335/1000w_q95.jpg
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Dang, that girl has seen some use.
Link Posted: 4/27/2022 7:21:46 PM EST
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That’s one salty gat.
Link Posted: 5/21/2022 6:43:00 PM EST
[#7]
I know where mc911 is, lol
Link Posted: 5/21/2022 8:52:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Toftwo:
I know where mc911 is, lol
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Another Gen 4?
Link Posted: 7/4/2022 11:56:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: Pleaforwar] [#9]
Found this Springfield on GB that could be used for a V1 build -

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/935385633

ETA - and this one -

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/938218785
Link Posted: 7/5/2022 7:38:59 AM EST
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Originally Posted By dedreckon:
Pretty sure this is recent.

Maritime Raid Force (31st MEU) doing rope training. - had to edit, couldn't get pics to load. Found this on dvids site, same unit doing VBSS prep.

https://d1ldvf68ux039x.cloudfront.net/thumbs/photos/2202/7038335/1000w_q95.jpg
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Wow the finish didn’t seem to hold up at all.
Link Posted: 7/5/2022 8:47:10 AM EST
[Last Edit: Engineer5] [#11]
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Originally Posted By rigger7:


Wow the finish didn’t seem to hold up at all.
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Originally Posted By rigger7:
Originally Posted By dedreckon:
Pretty sure this is recent.

Maritime Raid Force (31st MEU) doing rope training. - had to edit, couldn't get pics to load. Found this on dvids site, same unit doing VBSS prep.

https://d1ldvf68ux039x.cloudfront.net/thumbs/photos/2202/7038335/1000w_q95.jpg


Wow the finish didn’t seem to hold up at all.


That's why they made the switch to Ionbond finish.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 6:36:12 PM EST
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Link Posted: 8/5/2022 6:23:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: cmdexe] [#13]
Thinking about letting my Springfield Loaded Pistol and stripped Caspian MC prefix frame go, I have a lot on my plate right now with builds and really don't have the time for the attention to detail on this one at this time. Just looking to get what I have into it if someone here is interested pm me. Giving someone on this thread first dibs before I post publicly.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 7:15:47 PM EST
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Originally Posted By cmdexe:
Thinking about letting my Springfield Loaded and Caspian MC prefix frame go, I have a lot on my plate right now with builds and really don't have the time for the attention to detail on this one at this time. Just looking to get what I have into it if someone here is interested pm me. Giving someone on this thread first dibs before I post publicly.
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pics?
Link Posted: 8/6/2022 10:58:46 AM EST
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I’d be interested in the frame, already have a loaded.
Link Posted: 8/17/2022 4:11:26 PM EST
[#16]
Once in a while a part or two pops up.  At this rate I'll have everything needed for a build around 2065. I'd like to find an early Springfield slide or maybe even a "hard slide" next.
Link Posted: 8/17/2022 5:23:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Engineer5:
Once in a while a part or two pops up.  At this rate I'll have everything needed for a build around 2065. I'd like to find an early Springfield slide or maybe even a "hard slide" next.
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That 201A is a serious score.

Now buy this and get to building.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/155102215629
Link Posted: 8/28/2022 10:59:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: Engineer5] [#18]
Added an early Springfield slide and Clark grip safety to the parts pile thanks to another member here.

Could I get your thoughts on a receiver.  Of course I'd like to have a USGI receiver but finding one and at a reasonable price is going to be tough.  Thoughts on a commercial Colt or Caspian receiver....?

Link Posted: 8/28/2022 2:50:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: mlin] [#19]
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Originally Posted By Engineer5:
Added an early Springfield slide and Clark grip safety to the parts pile thanks to another member here.

Could I get your thoughts on a receiver.  Of course I'd like to have a USGI receiver but finding one and at a reasonable price is going to be tough.  Thoughts on a commercial Colt or Caspian receiver....?

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USGI is too expensive. Even if you can get CMP 1911, those have already somewhat of entry level collector items. Caspian will be my pick. PWS used some Caspian receivers on the new style. Not sure if any used for older one.
Link Posted: 8/30/2022 7:12:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: mlin] [#20]
CMP announced round 3 and introduce new grade. Those sounds like beloved MEUSOC or Army SF improvised pistols. @ $1100, I would like to buy 3 if I could. I know it's not allowed, and you never know what you going to get. I have a feeling that we will be seeing some in the wild within a year.

Range Grade $1100. These are 1911 pistols for those that want a part of history and a shooter, not a collectable. These are 1911s that have been modified in some way, and may have some commercial parts.  No two (2) pistols are alike, the modifications / parts could be any of the following: Night Sights, extended Beaver Tail, Rubber Grips, Barrels, Oversized Slide Release, Target Triggers, Adjustable Rear Sights, Tactical Match Hammer, Competition Grip Safety, Sight Rib, Slides, Checkered Front Strap, Ambidextrous Safety, Different Finishes. Some of the manufactures of these parts are: Bar-Sto, Wilson, Ed Brown, Pachmayer, Hogue, Caspian and Bomar.
Link Posted: 9/3/2022 5:15:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: HighlanderI] [#21]
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Originally Posted By mlin:
CMP announced round 3 and introduce new grade. Those sounds like beloved MEUSOC or Army SF improvised pistols. @ $1100, I would like to buy 3 if I could. I know it's not allowed, and you never know what you going to get. I have a feeling that we will be seeing some in the wild within a year.

Range Grade $1100. These are 1911 pistols for those that want a part of history and a shooter, not a collectable. These are 1911s that have been modified in some way, and may have some commercial parts.  No two (2) pistols are alike, the modifications / parts could be any of the following: Night Sights, extended Beaver Tail, Rubber Grips, Barrels, Oversized Slide Release, Target Triggers, Adjustable Rear Sights, Tactical Match Hammer, Competition Grip Safety, Sight Rib, Slides, Checkered Front Strap, Ambidextrous Safety, Different Finishes. Some of the manufactures of these parts are: Bar-Sto, Wilson, Ed Brown, Pachmayer, Hogue, Caspian and Bomar.
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I missed out on the first two rounds and vowed not to miss the third (sent my paperwork in this time). When the announcement came and I read the description for the Range Grade I couldn't help but imagine a crate of MEUSOC 1911's to be dolled out. I got super excited at the proposition. But the "No two (2) pistols are alike" made me wonder if there aren't many MEUSOC 1911's or none at all......but there has to be something(s) cool. Cuz; Tactical Match Hammer, Slides, Rubber Grips, Ambidextrous Safety, etc.

I've got lots of time to daydream. Reading through posts of when folks were contacted and had a 1911 at their FFL is well over a year.

Probably a bunch of Shooting Team target pistols lumped in the Range Grade category. I'd probably end up getting one of those knowing my luck. With one of those gawdy full rail Bomar sights.

Pretty sure they don't take requests when the CMP calls to offer the grades available. But I'll try ask "Range grade with a SA marked slide please."
Link Posted: 9/5/2022 6:22:09 AM EST
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Originally Posted By HighlanderI:


I missed out on the first two rounds and vowed not to miss the third (sent my paperwork in this time). When the announcement came and I read the description for the Range Grade I couldn't help but imagine a crate of MEUSOC 1911's to be dolled out. I got super excited at the proposition. But the "No two (2) pistols are alike" made me wonder if there aren't many MEUSOC 1911's or none at all......but there has to be something(s) cool. Cuz; Tactical Match Hammer, Slides, Rubber Grips, Ambidextrous Safety, etc.

I've got lots of time to daydream. Reading through posts of when folks were contacted and had a 1911 at their FFL is well over a year.

Probably a bunch of Shooting Team target pistols lumped in the Range Grade category. I'd probably end up getting one of those knowing my luck. With one of those gawdy full rail Bomar sights.

Pretty sure they don't take requests when the CMP calls to offer the grades available. But I'll try ask "Range grade with a SA marked slide please."
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I've never seen a Bomar full rail sight on an army shooting team 1911A1.  You should be gtg.  I also think the MESOC pistols won't be released to the CMP.  

Regards
Link Posted: 9/5/2022 10:41:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Joescuba:


I've never seen a Bomar full rail sight on an army shooting team 1911A1.  You should be gtg.  I also think the MESOC pistols won't be released to the CMP.  

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Good info on the Bomar. But not so much on the MEUSOC. Thanks.
Link Posted: 9/5/2022 11:15:48 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Joescuba:


I've never seen a Bomar full rail sight on an army shooting team 1911A1.  You should be gtg.  I also think the MESOC pistols won't be released to the CMP.  

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A member in another thread pointed out that you can search completed auctions for "range grade".  If that's representative of the current range grades it would be a bit of a gamble.  They varied in modifications and some definitely appeared to have done by police departments and not the military.  So I assume 1033 program guns that were returned?

There were a couple of interesting examples like this though.

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Link Posted: 9/5/2022 9:15:53 PM EST
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Yes. A big gamble.
Link Posted: 9/6/2022 12:53:35 PM EST
[#26]
Helped the armorer load all of them up to ship to the Battalion armory last week. At least at my company, the M45A1 is completely gone now.
Link Posted: 9/6/2022 1:21:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By X2117:
Helped the armorer load all of them up to ship to the Battalion armory last week. At least at my company, the M45A1 is completely gone now.
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How's everyone liking that?
Link Posted: 10/18/2022 10:18:31 AM EST
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We shot the Marine Corps pistol qual with the M18 last month. The sights are blocky, the rear sight place comes loose if the armorer didn't blue Loctite it, and no one ordered holsters to accept X300s... but it's a pistol that goes bang. Most guys in my unit are fairly agnostic about what they shoot and I don't think they really cared one way or another. It cracks me up that the M18 has a frame safety, but it's the Marine Corps, so I should have expected nothing less.

Personally, I really liked the M45A1, but I grew up shooting 1911's, shot single stack in USPSA, and carry a 2011, so the platform was pretty familiar to me.
Link Posted: 10/27/2022 7:26:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: Engineer5] [#29]
Added the Videki's Speed Trigger to the parts pile today.  If anyone has other early MEUSOC build parts they'd let go with please let me know.

Link Posted: 11/1/2022 6:41:39 PM EST
[#30]
Brownell's has the Pachmayr 45C Combat grips back in stock,
Just an FYI. Just got a pair.
Link Posted: 11/12/2022 10:54:51 AM EST
[#31]
Stumbled across this old auction for a prototype USMC Colt that I don't think was posted yet And thought it was relevant to this thread.



https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/74/1464/prototype-colt-ousmc-marine-corps-pistol-wcase-letter
Link Posted: 11/12/2022 6:53:13 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Dunderway:
Stumbled across this old auction for a prototype USMC Colt that I don't think was posted yet And thought it was relevant to this thread.

https://cdn.rockislandauction.com/dev_cdn/74/1464.jpg

https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/74/1464/prototype-colt-ousmc-marine-corps-pistol-wcase-letter
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Interesting one. That lead to the development of M45A1, unfortunately also a short service life with Marines.
Link Posted: 11/12/2022 9:07:39 PM EST
[#33]
Went way over it's estimated price as well.
Link Posted: 11/13/2022 10:08:37 PM EST
[#34]
It's also interesting in a way that Colt submitted that one with S70 mechanism, but later S80 firing pin safety was added to final design of M45A1. I guess that's Marines decision to have that extra safety feature.
Link Posted: 11/14/2022 11:35:11 AM EST
[#35]
The lack of a radius on the slide was always neat to me as well.
Link Posted: 11/28/2022 2:13:06 PM EST
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My question is this: what is the proper finish for these and what finish is applied to the barrel? The black barrel hood just sets it off for me and I want to get it done on this loaded.
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I am assuming that PWS uses some sort of oxide finish to blacken barrels and other stainless steel parts?  

https://caswellplating.com/metal-finishing-solutions/stainless-steel-blackener.html

I am wondering is anyone has tried oxide blackening products like these from Caswell or if there are recommendations for at home finishing.

Thanks!
Link Posted: 11/29/2022 8:45:03 AM EST
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I am assuming that PWS uses some sort of oxide finish to blacken barrels and other stainless steel parts?  

https://caswellplating.com/metal-finishing-solutions/stainless-steel-blackener.html

I am wondering is anyone has tried oxide blackening products like these from Caswell or if there are recommendations for at home finishing.

Thanks!
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Everything I've read about the Caswell plating product has been positive. I have some on hand that I ordered months ago, but haven't used it yet. I'm hoping to get to it this winter. Indoor projects for me are back on the schedule.
Link Posted: 11/29/2022 2:28:51 PM EST
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I used Caswell SS blackener on a few stainless steel parts. It will require a few application to get the the black finish. But not all the SS parts are made the same, some with low carbon content will not produce dark grey or blacken well. If you decide to try, make sure you degrease parts first.
Link Posted: 11/29/2022 9:27:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: Engineer5] [#39]
Getting ready to order a Bar-Sto barrel and I have a question about the "Integral Ramped or non Ramped" option.  How did the original MEUSOC's come?  If ramped Bar-Sto shows Para/Clark or Wilson/Nowlin for options.  Thoughts?
Link Posted: 11/29/2022 10:26:23 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Engineer5:
Getting ready to order a Bar-Sto barrel and I have a question about the "Integral Ramped or non Ramped" option.  How did the original MEUSOC's come?  If ramped Bar-Sto shows Para/Clark or Wilson/Nowlin for options.  Thoughts?
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They should be traditional non-ramped.  I have read from several sources that they were the semi-drop-in models also.
Link Posted: 11/30/2022 7:32:09 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Engineer5:
Getting ready to order a Bar-Sto barrel and I have a question about the "Integral Ramped or non Ramped" option.  How did the original MEUSOC's come?  If ramped Bar-Sto shows Para/Clark or Wilson/Nowlin for options.  Thoughts?
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Ordering direct from Bar-Sto? Or vendor? I wasn't happy with the performance of my springer barrel/bushing in my tribute gun and I've contemplated getting a Bar-Sto barrel myself. Thanks.
Link Posted: 11/30/2022 8:06:59 AM EST
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Originally Posted By HighlanderI:

Ordering direct from Bar-Sto? Or vendor? I wasn't happy with the performance of my springer barrel/bushing in my tribute gun and I've contemplated getting a Bar-Sto barrel myself. Thanks.
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Originally Posted By HighlanderI:
Originally Posted By Engineer5:
Getting ready to order a Bar-Sto barrel and I have a question about the "Integral Ramped or non Ramped" option.  How did the original MEUSOC's come?  If ramped Bar-Sto shows Para/Clark or Wilson/Nowlin for options.  Thoughts?

Ordering direct from Bar-Sto? Or vendor? I wasn't happy with the performance of my springer barrel/bushing in my tribute gun and I've contemplated getting a Bar-Sto barrel myself. Thanks.


Yes, I was planning on ordering direct through Bar-Sto
Link Posted: 11/30/2022 9:19:02 AM EST
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Thanks
Link Posted: 12/25/2022 10:18:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: Squirrel_Cop] [#44]
Looks like some MEU Safariland holsters may become available from whatever ebay dealer buys this lot.  I cant think of anyone else who would have that type of holster for a 1911 with a light.

govplanet.com auction

Link Posted: 12/26/2022 8:59:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11boomboom] [#45]
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Originally Posted By Squirrel_Cop:
Looks like some MEU Safariland holsters may become available from whatever ebay dealer buys this lot.  I cant think of anyone else who would have that type of holster for a 1911 with a light.

govplanet.com auction

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Those hit the market pretty frequently. I think I bought one earlier this year for $90.
Link Posted: 12/26/2022 9:56:22 AM EST
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Those hit the market pretty frequently. I think I bought one earlier this year for $90.
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Originally Posted By Squirrel_Cop:
Looks like some MEU Safariland holsters may become available from whatever ebay dealer buys this lot.  I cant think of anyone else who would have that type of holster for a 1911 with a light.

govplanet.com auction

https://cdn.ironpla.net/i/12012/125/12012125_1_0_0001.jpg

Those hit the market pretty frequently. I think I bought one earlier this year for $90.


1911s are the only gun I really don't like SLS holsters for when drawing. I do like that they keep debris out from under the hammer.

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Link Posted: 12/27/2022 3:54:25 PM EST
[#47]
Cylinder and Slide just announced they are shutting their doors. If anyone has a build in process or planned you should probably order what parts you may need (hammer/sear/disconnectors/trigger/pin set).
Link Posted: 12/28/2022 9:53:37 PM EST
[#48]
Picked up a used Springfield Loaded and doing a clone-ish later variant.

Just a quick question about the barrel.

Do I need to cerakote the barrel and bushing black or is there an at-home alternative? Like possibly Brownell's Aluma-Hyde matte black or similar product?

It's going to get a lot of heavy use (range, plinking) so it doesn't need to be perfect.
Link Posted: 12/29/2022 9:45:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: RealityCheck0311] [#49]
Also felt like throwing in a personal story.

In the mid 2000s I was on a 13th MEU and worked with some of the MARSOC guys. I was into 1911s so it was like a kid in a candy store.

Even during then most of the guns I came across felt like parts bin rattle-traps. You have to remember, even during this period the Marines were still huge on uniformity so it was interesting to see how there was very little consistency in parts between each gun. At the time it was a big deal for one of my infantry battalion buddies to have a personal Geissele trigger installed in his M16. After handling the MEUSOC 1911s, my M9 practically felt like a Les Baer in frame/slide fit.

Really wished I had taken pictures. One of those moments where you look at a gun as a collection of parts knowing so many pieces could tell a different story.
Link Posted: 12/30/2022 10:57:33 AM EST
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Is this the correct front sight for the older variants?

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