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Old 01-19-2003, 09:35 PM   #1
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1911 dimensions

Gentlemen,

I am hoping your sage input will settle a suspicion that I have had for quite some time. Over the years, I have owned several Colts and a few Kimbers (full size, Officers, and Compacts) and the Colts just "seem" to "feel" better in my hand. It makes me wonder if the Colt dimensions are just a bit smaller or perhaps its because the Kimber grip safety adds a little move in the fore and aft dimension. Any input or opinions are greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-20-2003, 08:17 AM   #2
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I can't answer your question but I agree with you Colt's do feel better.
 
Old 01-20-2003, 05:51 PM   #3
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Mr. Bailey,

Thanks for your comments. As a matter of fact, I was expecting one of our resident 'smiths to recommend their own solution. Along the lines of the Enhanced model Colts, having the radius cut under the trigger guard, I still wonder if simply changing the grip safety would improve the overall feel.

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Old 01-20-2003, 06:05 PM   #4
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Well the Springfields were cut a little thicker in the front strap area for a while, I haven't seen a recent Springfield to know if they have changed that. I have had a couple of guns high gripped under the trigger guard. I just received a BCP SS Colt and it was not high cut and I wouldn't change it at all. It feels like a 1911 (Colt) should. Perfect.
 
Old 01-21-2003, 12:02 AM   #5
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If you change the grip safety and the thumb safety you can dramatically change the overall feel. The trick is getting the right ones to make the change an improvement.

I have two BCP Colts, same grip/thumb safeties, one Dane slightly "high cut", the difference is major in how the gun feels better in my hand.
 
Old 01-21-2003, 05:20 AM   #6
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Also changing the mainspring housing from arched to flat or vice versa will make a big difference.
 
Old 01-21-2003, 07:01 PM   #7
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Thanks to all who offer your input. In the past, I had a Brown grip safety added to a parts built gun and the higher grip offered by the new safety felt really good. Although, I have also felt guns that had the Wilson safety and they, too, felt pretty good in the hands. KCrowder, by saying Dane slightly "high cut" one of your BCP Colts, am I assuming correctly that would mean beneath the trigger guard? Keep in mind that the Kimbers already are a little "high cut" already. Its just the Colt Enhanced radius cuts penetrate the "plane" offered by the trigger guard. So, I wonder if a radius cut would help on the Compact.

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Old 01-21-2003, 07:38 PM   #8
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Docbones,

You are correct in your assumption. I've also had Dane high cut a Kimber Pro Carry HD for me, made it fit much better. The slightest change here yields great results.
 
Old 01-21-2003, 08:00 PM   #9
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KCrowder,

Is it possible for you to post the Kimber Pro Carry HD with Dane's high cut? If not, I still sincerely appreciate your sharing your own personal experiences.

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Old 01-21-2003, 08:29 PM   #10
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Docbones,

I keep telling myself that I'm going to get a digital camera, but then I'd have to learn how to use it. Picture a Pro Carry HD with a #1 package, all new internals, sights, Wave treatment, cut/crowned barrel, high cut, and black micarta grips that Dane thinned for me. It is a great looking and great shooting gun.
 
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