I have two 1911 type pistols, a 9mm and a .40 S&W. After thinking about getting a gun for USPSA Production Class, and then realizing that I had a perfectly good gun for Production, I kicked a few more rocks around (thought about rifles) and then realized that by not owning a good .45 ACP 1911, I was doing a great disservice to John Moses Browning.
That was part of my 1911 Madness post, wherein I realized that no matter what I did short of buying a $2k custom made pistol from Wilson Wombat that I would have to replace a bunch of MIM parts no matter where I get my gun from.
That lead me to wander around the intertrons pricing out things like beavertail grip safeties (hammer bite sucks), magazines, trigger groups, and I’ve suddenly realized what a wonderful world I’ve entered into.
You see, I’m a tinkerer. I like to take things that work just fine and see if I can make them better, whether it’s a cell phone, a holster, or what have you. The world of aftermarket 1911 parts is essentially a tinkerer’s dream. There are jillions upon jillions of parts for me to choose from, with a huge user support base in the form of blogs and gun forums. It’s absolutely phenomenal the amount of information and just plain cool toys out there.
I will probably buy a “mil-spec” model, and just kind of go from there. I want to build a gun to my specs so I can put all the silly crap that I like, and none of the silly crap that I don’t like on it. But my goodness, the rabbit hole goes a loooooooooooong way down.