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Box of happiness (or agony?)
« on: July 11, 2016, 09:48:55 PM »
Got a box of happiness in the mail today!

I've had a prototype PSA SS 1911  frame gathering dust for a year or so.  Last week i ran into I very fine gentleman on line selling some "never been fired" parts,  almost everything but the frame.  Sent him some $ and he sent me this



He must have thrown all the spare pieces parts he had laying around in with it because o got a lot more than he had posted in the ad.

Of course I had to throw the major parts together to get an idea of what is going to look like



I have a few 1911s but I've never "built" one before.  Should be an experience.  Slide to frame fit is pretty tight and will need a bit of adjusting (not much) but everything seems to line up nice.  It's an Essex Enhanced slide or some such thing,  not familiar with them but after a quick price check on-line the slide alone is just about what I gave him for the lot.

I think all I'm missing is a plunger tube and pointing devices.  It's got a Novak cut for a front sight and a BOMAR cut for the rear.

Going to be interesting to see how it turns out. 

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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 10:29:24 PM »
Sorry,  probably should have posted this in the gunsmithing forum.  I was a bit excited.

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"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes....Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

Thomas Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in Chapter 40 of "On Crimes and Punishment", 1764

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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2016, 10:36:08 PM »
Looks like a great big box of happiness to me. :clap. Have a ball. Might need another frame and slide to put all those parts to work.
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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2016, 10:43:01 PM »
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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2016, 10:48:55 PM »
I envy your gun smithing abilities, sir!  :thumbup1
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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2016, 03:27:35 PM »
I envy your gun smithing abilities, sir!  :thumbup1

so far my "gunsmithing abilities" are more along the lines of Orange County Choppers "custom built" bikes, i just buy parts and put them together   :shrug

I did have to do some fitting on the slide/frame.  seems like either the PSA frame dust cover or the slide is not quite right and the slide falls short about 1/4" from fully cycling to the rear.  it was about 1/2 - 3/4" but i "finessed" it a bit with a super fine ceramic triangular rod from a Spyderco Sharpmaker but i am a little concerned about taking too much off the frame.  If i am going to screw the pooch on something i would rather it be the slide, the frame would be more of a pain to replace.

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"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes....Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

Thomas Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in Chapter 40 of "On Crimes and Punishment", 1764

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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2016, 03:30:07 PM »
Looks like a great big box of happiness to me. :clap. Have a ball. Might need another frame and slide to put all those parts to work.

hmmm.... you do have a point there.  :)
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Thomas Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in Chapter 40 of "On Crimes and Punishment", 1764

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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2016, 10:08:10 PM »
If you've never done a 1911, you'll find out pretty quickly that they aren't "plug & play" like an AR is.  You don't really need a jig to fit the hammer/sear/safety but it does make things much easier.  You can pin the sear & hammer to the outside of the frame to help see how things fit together and what needs stoning, but you need to be REAL careful of what you are doing as things can go wrong real quick.  Make sure your files are real sharp and an extra fine stone will make life easier and to ensure the surfaces are square...if they're not square the surfaces will wear quicker and could cause a safety issue.  In any case, good luck, take your time and have fun.
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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2016, 10:18:40 PM »
If you've never done a 1911, you'll find out pretty quickly that they aren't "plug & play" like an AR is.  You don't really need a jig to fit the hammer/sear/safety but it does make things much easier.  You can pin the sear & hammer to the outside of the frame to help see how things fit together and what needs stoning, but you need to be REAL careful of what you are doing as things can go wrong real quick.  Make sure your files are real sharp and an extra fine stone will make life easier and to ensure the surfaces are square...if they're not square the surfaces will wear quicker and could cause a safety issue.  In any case, good luck, take your time and have fun.
Great info,  thank you!

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"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes....Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

Thomas Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in Chapter 40 of "On Crimes and Punishment", 1764

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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2016, 09:08:06 AM »
you can send all the parts you don't need my way...  ;)
I could always use spares
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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2016, 03:51:48 PM »
you can send all the parts you don't need my way...  ;)
I could always use spares

Ha! i'll send you a list of the extras once i am done!
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Thomas Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in Chapter 40 of "On Crimes and Punishment", 1764

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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2016, 03:52:43 PM »
is it wrong that i like the smell of KROIL in the morning?
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Thomas Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in Chapter 40 of "On Crimes and Punishment", 1764

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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2016, 04:00:59 PM »
is it wrong that i like the smell of KROIL in the morning?
So long as it isn't Napalm and you run around in camo pants and a cavalry hat with no shirt.
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Re: Box of happiness (or agony?)
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2016, 04:05:58 PM »
So long as it isn't Napalm and you run around in camo pants and a cavalry hat with no shirt.

I save that business for special occasions.
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"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes....Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

Thomas Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in Chapter 40 of "On Crimes and Punishment", 1764

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