A Free Colt 1911
I cleaned and lubed the pistol, then immediately took it to the range to begin saving money. I had one failure to extract in the first 100 rounds. At first, the accuracy was pretty dismal. Then, as I was detailing the pistol, I felt the rear sight move under my thumb. I took it off, center punched the bottom of the slide's dovetail a couple of times, and reinstalled it with red LocTite. The accuracy immediately improved. Fortunately, CDNN had Colt 9mm magazines for $24, so I ordered a couple. The pistol only came with one.
After looking at the gorgeous Colt bluing on the Series 70 pistol, I decided it would be a shame to cut the frame for a beavertail grip safety. I decided to keep the little Mil-Spec spur. With the Commander hammer the pistol was not biting me, and I liked the old school look of it. I do ride my thumb on top of the thumb safety, so I installed a single sided Ed Brown thumb safety to match my other 1911s. I had some sambar stag grips in the parts box which I accepted in trade a year prior. I had been waiting for a pistol worthy of these grips, so I installed them with o-rings under the screws to prevent the screws from loosening.
I had originally planned to replace the trigger with a black CMC unit, and install a flat Ed Brown mainspring housing. The more I looked at this pistol though, the more I liked it just the way it is. I decided to follow my own advice and just shoot it for 6 months before I did anything else. I tuned the extractor, and cleaned it's tunnel with a .22LR Tornado brush. I used the old ball peen trick to tighten up the bushing in the slide. I polished up the innards of the pistol and stoned the hammer hooks to .020. I then took the pistol back to the range and was extremely pleased with the results.
Since I purchased this pistol in January 2005, I have fired approximately 100 rounds a week through it. That totals 6400 rounds over the past 16 months. Thus, this week, after firing the next 100 rounds, I will have a "free" pistol. The pistol has been trouble free since I replaced the worn out extractor. It has required only regular cleaning. I did, in the end, decide to do nothing more to it. It remains one of my favorite guns.