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Old 01-11-2004, 08:59 AM   #1
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Pre-War Colt Commercial Parts question

I need some assistance with identifying the correct parts for my Colt 1911a1 1937 Commercial .45.

At some point in time a previous owner changed the factory trigger, sights, grips and mainspring housing.

I am attempting to locate correct original parts.

At this point I need to know what to replace these parts with.

I think the trigger should be milled and short with a checkered pad.

I think the front sight should be of a rounded side profile and the frontal profile should be parallel sides (not tapered top to bottom).

I think the rear sight should be of the square profile with a U notch.

I think the mainspring housing is to be checkered with a total of 26 lines.

I think the grips are to be fully checkered walnut.


If anyone can verify this information I would appreciate it greatly. I have read here and there about all of these parts and have had some conflicting reports. I am hoping from your responses that I can finally put to rest the search for identifying the correct parts.

Thank you for your help.
 
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Old 01-11-2004, 09:24 AM   #2
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There is a special issue from Guns & Ammo on the newstands right now called "The Complete Book of the 1911." I just bought a copy yesterday. It's got some terrific photos of various old 1911s and it would probably help you see what parts you're looking for.
 
Old 01-11-2004, 01:31 PM   #3
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You've got it right for the most part. The two trickiest parts will be the front sight and the MSH. Is your pistol a standard Govt Model or is it a National Match? If it is a National Match the front sight was probably thicker and the MSH will not have a lanyard loop. Other than that the parts will be the same between a GM and a NM. If you would like to email me for more details I may be able to help.
 
 
Old 01-11-2004, 01:33 PM   #4
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Oop, sorry. If it is a NM the rear sight will be different too. It will be a Patridge meaning it will have a square notch.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 09:08 PM   #5
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Thank you gentlemen for the assistance. I finally heard today from a collector and he verified all of my suspicions.

Thanks again guys.
 
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