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Old 05-12-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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Question How Many Tinkerers Do We Have Here??

After years of owning and shooting handguns, I always seem to feel that I can improve on what left the factory. From simple cosmetic changes like grips or sights to full blown internal part polishing and action adjustments, I dive in and do my thing. Of course, I do a lot of research first so that I have a real good grasp of what I am doing before I begin. One on one training by a Smith and Wesson Armorer back in the mid 70's didn't hurt any. He took away the fear and mystery of firearm internals. He created a monster!!!!

How may of you out there are amateur gunsmiths/modificators? How deep do you dive in?? Cosmetic tinkerer or a full blown internal surgeon?

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:17 PM   #2
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Cosmetic only. Really like changing grips. I'll try to post some pics soon...
Hubby is planning on changing the trigger on his AR. I'm not really very mechanically inclined, so I let the gunsmith do the tinkering for me. I save my surgery skills for animals.

I did have some trigger work done on my P238 - really improved it!
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I have learned that I am not that much smarter than Kimber, Colt, Ruger, SA, ect. ect. so I pretty much leave them alone. being a mechanic by trade I have seen what inexperience can and will do. so I'm with Chickadee on this one grips and sights....
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I'll break them down for cleaning and inspection but try not to alter the function. I don't have the knowledge. Only 'internals' change I've done on my own is to replace the connector on my G23 from a 5.5# to a 4.5#, but to be honest I really can't tell the difference. Glad it was a cheap mod.
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Old 05-13-2014, 05:11 AM   #5
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I like restoring and fixing up older guns, so I'll get right into the internals and take them apart. The first time I did it, I was a little (alright, a lot) scared. Once I realized it wasn't magic- just levers and springs, it got a lot easier.
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I used to be a real addict but I've slowed down to doing what's really needed not imagined. I've been working on the trigger on my Sig P238 and was making great progress until (not related to anything I was doing) the firing pin broke last time out.
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I do just cosmetics. I'm happy with my guns straight from the factory.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:33 AM   #8
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Question for the Tinkerers

So here's a non-Kimber question for all you tinkerers out there: We have a Sig 1911 C3 that we would like to mount a rail to. It's our HD pistol & we would like to mount a light to it. Don't really want to buy another gun for HD just to get a rail - this gun is well broken in & very reliable.

Any suggestions on where to by a quality add-on rail? My husband is a machinist & is perfectly comfortable with drilling/tapping for the attachment.
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I am a natural tinkerer... it's in my blood.

I used to work on R/C Cars, and Helicoptors, some models, and I have tried a fair bit of woodworking....

I replaced a few simple bits on my beretta (Main spring and the guide rod) and put the flat spring kit on my Eclipse.

I want to do more!!!

Definately nervous about it. I think I will try my hand at a little more... I have been looking at the front Fiber Optic site for my Custom II if i don't sell it.. and definately would change grips out.
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Originally Posted by Chickadee View Post
So here's a non-Kimber question for all you tinkerers out there: We have a Sig 1911 C3 that we would like to mount a rail to. It's our HD pistol & we would like to mount a light to it. Don't really want to buy another gun for HD just to get a rail - this gun is well broken in & very reliable.

Any suggestions on where to by a quality add-on rail? My husband is a machinist & is perfectly comfortable with drilling/tapping for the attachment.
Don't want to hi jack this thread, but here's one to get you started. Search for 1911 rail and you will find more.


http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&ai=C...26adtype%3Dpla
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