C&S R&D 1911 doesn’t appear to be anything unusual. When one sees the list of modifications that Bill has made to Springfield Armory’s GI
The sights have been replaced with Novak Low Mount Carry at the rear and C&S’ proprietary improved ramp-type dovetail sight at the business end. For a smooth draw with rapid sight acquisition for defense use, while at the same time allowing a precise sight picture for precision target engagement. The ejection port has been enlarged and a bullet nose relief added at the front to help clear live rounds quickly and safely. The slide edges have been slightly “broken” and radiused, features that are apparent when R&D 1911 alongside an original Springfield pistol. These facilitate comfortable operation and concealment. At the business end of the R&D 1911, the stock barrel bushing has been replaced with a fitted GI national match component and the barrel muzzle crowned at 11 degrees. Slide serrations have been added at the front to facilitate press checking the pistol to determine load status.Moving down to the frame, Bill has continued Subtle changes that significantly enhance the pistol’s function and handling are the order of the day throughout the R&D 1911. First, Bill dumped the original fire control entirely and replaced it all with C&S components, the C&S 24/7 Professional hammer, sear and disconnector CNC machined from bar stock and heat-treated for maximum service life. The frame, of course, is original Springfield Armory as is the slide and barrel. Springfield Armory has an enviable reputation for building quality 1911 pistols and their pistols are in use by the US marine Corps MEU-SOC units, FBI Regional SWAT and others. Bill Laughridge could have chosen pistols from any of a number of 1911 manufacturers to use as a baseline he chose the Springfield Armory GI Model and, knowing Bill’s penchant for perfection, that says a lot .
The front strap is lightly stippled in an attractive pattern, as is the flat mainspring housing that replaces the arched housing of the original. The stippling is just as effective in enhancing grip as is fine line checkering, It doesn’t get uncomfortable during a long day’s shooting.
The original GI grip safety was replaced with a Smith & Alexander beavertail with a palm swell/memory bump to unsure that the grip safety is disengaged when the pistol is gripped. The beavertail also prevents hammer bite, sits the pistol slightly lower in the shooter’s hand, reducing felt recoil and muzzle rise somewhat, while at the same time spreading recoil forces more evenly on the shooter’s hand, improving feel and control. A C&S smooth face aluminum trigger was substituted in place of the original short GI type, hand fitted for optimum feel and release. The smooth face, again, is designed for long days on the range and is intended to prevent discomfort. The trigger also lacks any holes that tend to gather grime. Factory specification for the R&D trigger pull is 4.5 pounds and our test pistol’s average pull weight was 4.5 pounds. It isn’t too often that we test a firearm whose trigger pull is exactly what the manufacturer states it to be, but the R&D’s is, as our British colleagues used to say, “spot on” with zero creep or backlash and a break like the proverbial snap of a glass rod.backlash and a break like the proverbial snap of a glass rod.
Grips, made of linen Micarta, are manufactured on CNC machinery by VZ Grips and are finished by blasting them with 320-grit so they can stand up to long periods of shooting while giving the shooter the kind of grip and control he or she needs.
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