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Old 02-26-2014, 07:33 PM   #1
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Replaced MSH!

Hi,

Amazon has the Wilson blued 25lpi MSH for $50; seemed like a no brainer way to spend some of my tax return!

Dropped right in. Took ~10 minutes with a video help.

The safety feels a little bit tighter as if it's rubbing a very tiny bit. Does not hang but I can feel a little contact…releases with no hang up.

Should I sand a little off or will it break in a little?

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Old 02-26-2014, 07:49 PM   #2
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Definitely fit it to the gun, don't wait for it to wear in.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:20 PM   #3
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Definitely fit it to the gun, don't wait for it to wear in.
You're right.

I couldn't see where it was actually making contact so was trying to make sure it was actually rubbing. So danged easy just to pull it out and have a look-see.

1 minute on a diamond file then another on 400gr wet/dry=no rub! I just rounded off the horns on the back…


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Originally Posted by Hayduke View Post
You're right.

I couldn't see where it was actually making contact so was trying to make sure it was actually rubbing. So danged easy just to pull it out and have a look-see.

1 minute on a diamond file then another on 400gr wet/dry=no rub! I just rounded off the horns on the back…


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I'm just waiting for my new grips to come before installing a new Wilson Combat one-piece MSH with mag well.

What part did you sand? Where exactly was it rubbing?
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:00 PM   #6
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I'm just waiting for my new grips to come before installing a new Wilson Combat one-piece MSH with mag well.

What part did you sand? Where exactly was it rubbing?
Hi,

I should have photographed it but here's an image of the OEM plastic one. As indicated by the red arrow there is an angled rise behind the checkered side. Mine was just barely rubbing with the tips on the grip safety. When I removed it I could see some slight burnishing on the grip safety.

I used a diamond knife sharpener/file to quickly take the edge down then smoothed with 400gr wet/dry.

The base is a perfect fit.

Make sure you watch a video on how to do it. The trick of putting a punch in a vise to compress the mainspring helped a lot. it's under a lot of pressure and could put and eye out if let loose. I compressed it by pushing on a punch in a vise, pushed the pin out with a small punch then held this is a heavy rag to catch/absorb the spring as I eased out the punch as it is impossible to control the spring and didn't want to chase parts/lose eye.

So glad I did it! Looks and feels great!

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Originally Posted by Hayduke View Post
Hi,

I should have photographed it but here's an image of the OEM plastic one. As indicated by the red arrow there is an angled rise behind the checkered side. Mine was just barely rubbing with the tips on the grip safety. When I removed it I could see some slight burnishing on the grip safety.

I used a diamond knife sharpener/file to quickly take the edge down then smoothed with 400gr wet/dry.

The base is a perfect fit.

Make sure you watch a video on how to do it. The trick of putting a punch in a vise to compress the mainspring helped a lot. it's under a lot of pressure and could put and eye out if let loose. I compressed it by pushing on a punch in a vise, pushed the pin out with a small punch then held this is a heavy rag to catch/absorb the spring as I eased out the punch as it is impossible to control the spring and didn't want to chase parts/lose eye.

So glad I did it! Looks and feels great!

Hayduke
Thanks. Very helpful. And nice pic. I even like pics of MSHs.
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This is the MSH mag well I am putting in.

Yes, I've watched the video. Good idea to use the vise as a third hand.
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This is the MSH mag well I am putting in.

Yes, I've watched the video. Good idea to use the vise as a third hand.
Nice.

I almost went that route but opted for the simple blued look.

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Old 03-08-2014, 02:06 PM   #10
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I replaced my plastic MSH on the Pro Carry II with a Wilson Combat with the snake skin pattern. I Didn't have to do any fit up at all, slipped right in. The snake skin pattern works really well and looks great. Now I'm interested in changing out the rubber grip panels. Gotta love 1911's!
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