1911 Kimber Mods: TLR-6 and Tru-Glo Sights

Marauder06

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After.

It was easier than I thought it was going to be. In addition to the pusher, I needed a socket set, my Allen wrenches, and my bench clamp.

All told it took about 30 minutes once I had all of the tools. The pusher cranked both of the old sights right off, and the new ones right on.

Because I watched a video beforehand. I knew to prevent the spring under the rear sight from popping loose and getting lost for ever in my living room.

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Finally getting around to replacing the garbage factory sights that came with my Kimber. Replacing with TruGlo high contrast tritium.

I've watched the videos and read the blog posts. I have the sights and a pusher. Any words of advice before I dive in?
Having been the armorer for most of my church. I have found painter's tape to be my best friend. When working on a steel weapon.

Patience and, a distraction free environment help a lot!
 

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That’s one of many reasons I don’t really care for the 1911 frame. I like the Para Ordnance better.
Most Paras are double stack so harder for smaller hands to manipulate. Which Para model do you like?

I love me some 1911s, but have smallish hands, too. I make it work, and Larry Vickers really worked with me on technique.
 

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Good looking set of aiming stakes. That is a nice looking gun - I'm glad to hear it went smooth.

Reading your thread actually got me looking at those TLR-6 light/laser gadgets as well - do you have a good holster that fits well with the TLR-6 mounted?
 

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WHERE’S THE AFTER????? F’ing suspense is killing me!!!!!!

Also think it’s funny your hand is too small to grip the entire weapon.

Sorry, I completely misread your post. The picture looks that way because of the way I was holding the gun for the picture, I have long fingers and a big hand, and holding a 1911 feels like I've got the end of a 1x4 in my grip. That's why I prefer a double-stack .45, fills my hand better and feels more comfortable.
 

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Most Paras are double stack so harder for smaller hands to manipulate. Which Para model do you like?

I love me some 1911s, but have smallish hands, too. I make it work, and Larry Vickers really worked with me on technique.

I misunderstood Lindy's post. I have big hands and the 1911 frame feels too small. I like Para because it fills my hand better. I don't remember which model it was that I fired, it looked something like this:

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I misunderstood Lindy's post. I have big hands and the 1911 frame feels too small. I like Para because it fills my hand better. I don't remember which model it was that I fired, it looked something like this:

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Yes, that makes sense. The wider grip because of the double-stacked magazines makes it a comfortable pistol for guys with larger hands.
 

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Good looking set of aiming stakes. That is a nice looking gun - I'm glad to hear it went smooth.

Reading your thread actually got me looking at those TLR-6 light/laser gadgets as well - do you have a good holster that fits well with the TLR-6 mounted?
I haven't found one yet but I'm sure they are out there. I had a nice leather holster that of course won't work anymore with the TLR on it. For now I've been using an old Uncle Mike holdster I've had for prob 15-20 years, that wasn't designed for this sight but still works. For now this gun is just my home defense weapon, I don't carry in this state.
 

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Long time ago I had a Detonics in .451 Detonics. Shooting it was like try trying to hold an o'possum while poking a finger up it's ass!
Then last year I shot a Para Warthog .45 Acp. That was a sweet shooter! Have a buddy that swears by Para Ordinance.
I am waiting on that special Springfield Armory 1911 to find me :-)
 

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Ah Ha...

I am pretty sure I have exact same holster in a footlocker somewhere in my gargae - I just dont have an accessory light.
I always thought the thumbreak over the grip safety sucked when trying to draw quickly and since it takes more patience than I posses to get the thumbreak to "fit" snugly across the back of the slide with the hammer back/safety engaged, I pulled the thumbreak off of mine. I used a couple of popsicle sticks to separate the velcro and it pulled right out. I eventually replaced it with a Galco Combat Master - but again - no light: there's no way that a light would shoehorn into the shape molded leather. If I get one of those lights, I may have to dig out that old Uncle Mikes to check out the fit.

A 'sidekick' is a lot better holster than people would give it credit for. It isn't fool proof but it holds a 1911 pretty secure without the thumb break - the problem would be retention if I added a light - I can see that the light elevates the gun enough that NOT having a thumbreak might be a little risky.
 

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Ah Ha...

I am pretty sure I have exact same holster in a footlocker somewhere in my gargae - I just dont have an accessory light.
I always thought the thumbreak over the grip safety sucked when trying to draw quickly and since it takes more patience than I posses to get the thumbreak to "fit" snugly across the back of the slide with the hammer back/safety engaged, I pulled the thumbreak off of mine. I used a couple of popsicle sticks to separate the velcro and it pulled right out. I eventually replaced it with a Galco Combat Master - but again - no light: there's no way that a light would shoehorn into the shape molded leather. If I get one of those lights, I may have to dig out that old Uncle Mikes to check out the fit.

A 'sidekick' is a lot better holster than people would give it credit for. It isn't fool proof but it holds a 1911 pretty secure without the thumb break - the problem would be retention if I added a light - I can see that the light elevates the gun enough that NOT having a thumbreak might be a little risky.
A lot of holster manufacturers (particularly those who produce leather holsters) won't touch pistol with a light for that reason. Using a thumb break is a reasonable way around the issue. As blasphemous as it sounds kydex generally is easier to get a retention point on with a light.

I'm a big fan of JM Custom Kydex but I don't see a 1911 + light combo on his site. Maybe @policemedic can share some wisdom.
 

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Nice pistol @Marauder06 . Huge 1911 fan, I have worked on many in my lifetime. Nice work. Para's are nice as well, I built one years using a p14 frame. My guess is you fired a p12 based on that pic. Again, nice work. I'd consider kydex for carry for the tlr6 equipped 1911. I was always a leather guy until I willing swapped out want for need. There are tons of them out there for your platform.
 
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