Got the pistol, did a nice little build…and am very happy with the end results. Basicaly DA takes the norc and does a bit of work on them. Mine had very few sharp internal edges that needed to be buffed out. Sites are decent. grip safety, slide release both are good. dislike ambi safetys on principle.
The only real neg is teh springs sucked, the MSH is plastic, and the barrel was meh. I slugged it and it was loose...like 3thou too big for even lead. Would have had to use 454's instead of 452's...and even then it would have been loose.
To it I dropped in the following parts:
Koenig/EGW Ultimate Trigger Kit $135 (drop in that is necessary on ALL sub 2K 1911s..its complete fire control kit..just add a trigger)
AFTEX millenium extractor $85 (im lazy and hate re-tensioning the extractor)
Ed Brown 1911 Rebuild Kit $20 (SS pins and small parts, well worth the investment)
Wilson Ultralight Match Trigger $35 (the stock trigger is long and meh)
Kart NM XACT Fit Barrel 5 $195
Ed Brown Main Spring Housing (went with Chainlink version in SS) $50
EGW O/S Firing Pin Stainless $10
Wilson Bullet Proof Firing Pin Stop $20
Wolff rebuild spring kit "service pak type 1" $18 (the springs)
Dawson extended Mag release $40 (no over insertion, and is drop in)
Dawson lo-pro mag button $13
Archangle grips w/magwell $20 (not as good as TGO...but not bad for 20 bucks)
EG spring plug $10 (the spring plug is sharpish)
Pierce front finger inserts $10
And bam got a sweet and tight stainless steel 1911 that has a barrel that is accurate AND eats everything. Plus its trigger - it breaks like glass. VERY sweet. Grand total was one night of work. and about 1K. So its less expensive than a mimber...err Kimber...and will last longer and is a true custom build.
Probably will stick an Ed Brown Tac safety, wilson extended slide stop and a dawson tooless FLGR in it for another bill…and then it will be perfect.
For mags...I recommend Wilsom 500 EMTs or 500 EMT HD/+p 8 round mags. Wolff makes (ACT oems) cheaper ones but they are not even in the same league.