Always wanted to put on a thumb rest on my SV Open gun to see if it works well at keeping the muzzle down during recoil. If you remember, I tried to get one from Gas Pedal but got pissed off at their lame customer service.
I also didn’t want to waste money investing in an expensive thumbrest just to experiment with, so I went with the Arredondo Plastic Thumbrest.
During test fit, I realized that these parts aren’t drop-in like most other types of guns. As you can see from this pic, the back part of the thumb rest is long and stops at the slide stop. That means I’d have to take out the thumbrest just to field strip the gun for cleaning. So I have to cut that off. I also cut off the front portion of the thumbrest already just to sit flush with the C-more Serendipity sight.
After cutting and filing the thumb rest flush, now it looks like it’s part of the gun (ok my dremel kungfu is still lame)
The other thing is the two screws that came with the mount is longer than usual, so I had to cut and file it short so that it doesn’t poke out of the insides of the frame and catch on the recoil guide rod or spring.
Once everything is proper and fitted, time for some BLUE Loctite so that the screws will stay in place and not run out during recoil.
All done! It looks good…
Only problem I found.. that was really disappointing was, this
The gun is not stable. It tilts BACK instead of forward. I guess the thumb rest is not far back enough to make it tilt forward and raising the back. Not it’s a little harder to grab the gun.
I also tried holstering this in my Safariland 013 holster and guess what, it doesn’t fit! it gets in the way.
So off it comes.
If you see your 1911 (or any gun for that matter) with a feedramp that looks like this,
you definitely need to get it polished. Remember, polishing is NOT REMOVING any material, just polishing the metal to a very smooth shine. Why would you do it? When a round feeds into the chamber, it will come in contact with the ramp and you want the ramp to be as smooth as possible. This will make the round slide up and chamber without snagging on any imperfections or grit/dirt.
here’s what I’ve done with mine :
it’s so easy to do with a Dremel as the shape of the polishing tip just fits perfectly. Here’s the Dremel tip and Green polishing compound I used.
Found out the extractor on my new slide juts out from the slide a little bit. I believe the original owner replaced the extractor with a brand new one but didn’t bother blending it to the slide.
After reading many different 1911 forums online, I decided to take a dremel and try to blend it to the slide. Here’s the result after 45minutes of careful shaving, blending and polishing.
Unfortunately I don’t have any bluing agent to make it black again but I think leaving it stainless goes well with the rest of the gun.
What do you think?
I’ve been having problems with my Kimber’s magazine release for a long time now. Sometimes, the magazine never ejects completely and does not fall freely. This problem is hard to troubleshoot because it happens only occasionally. It’s frustrating when it happens during a match because that can cause me up to a second during reloads. Thanks to a brilliant & fellow shooter, Emanuel, he recommended that I take a look at my mag release, namely the left part of it. Sometimes, if you press really hard (not hard to do while shooting a match because of adrenaline), the left part of the magazine release protrudes out of the frame of the magwell and holding the magazine up.
Here’s a pic of the magwell at rest :
and if I press it really hard :
The fix? dremel around 1mm of metal off from the left side of the mag release, and test it in the gun for fit. Once it fits, polish it so there won’t be any hangups.
Thanks to my buddy Dave who sent me a gift card for Brownells.com for my 40th birthday. I bought a holster that would fit my Ruger Mark III called the Black Max Holster. Unfortunately there isn’t enough space up to to accommodate my rail for my red dot.
Out comes the Dremel, the cutting tool and after an hour of poor Dremel handling skills, I managed to cut open a slot to allow the rails to slot into the holster.
I need to polish up my Dremel skills I know, but it works!! 🙂
I’ve never had a good experience with installing magwells onto my two pistols. Either it’s out of alignment, or the magwell opening is just too small. recall I had a problem with my XDm magazine release because it’s sitting too tightly pressed against the opening of the magwell.
When I installed the Wilson Combat Magwell on my Kimber just recently, I realized that it’ll only allow the stock basepad-less magazines to fit properly. If you use one of those magazines like the really good Chip McCormick ones with the plastic basepad, it won’t seat the magazine in properly :
you can see from this thin black line where the plastic meets the magwell :
Time to take my file and dremel and get it shaved down. so after about two hours and with my crappy dremeling skills, I’ve shaved off some steel and polished it with some sand paper and metal polisher :
I really need to work on my filing skills.. BUT it works! checkout the fit now :