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The slide stop on my DGFM Sistema Colt has broken. This pistol seems to have original parts although it has been refinished.
What should I replace it with? Is an OEM part available, or could one tell the difference between that and a USGI or commercial part? The finish is quite dark.
It is otherwise in nice shape. I bought it to shoot a USGI-style M1911A1 without beating up my Remington Rand, so I'm not overly concerned about "collectability" but if I can keep it close to original so much the better.
Someone will correct me if I'm wrong but it sure looks like a Colt 1911A1 slide stop of the parkerized variety.
I don't remember where I obtained this info but saved it in a word file. Here's part of it:
Sistema Colts were manufactured in accordance with Colt's 1927 drawings. They were identical to US military M1911-A1 pistols except for 6 minor cosmetic differences, and parts were interchangeable.
The differences were: a) the markings, b) the grips, c) a black oxide bluing, d) a sharp edge on the rear of the hammer, e) a sharp edge on the heel of the grip safety, f) indented checkering on the mainspring housing.
The pistols were made for the Argentine Army, Navy, Air Force, government bureaus, police, commercial sales, and export. They were normally serial numbered a) on the right side of the receiver, b) on the grip frame under the mainspring housing, c) on the top and right side of the slide, d) on the top of the chamber, and e) the bottom of the magazine.
In most cases, the presence of an Argentine crest on the pistol indicates government issue; pistols without crests were made for police, non-national government agencies, commercial sales, and export. Also in most cases, barrels on pistols issued to the Army had blued chambers, but the chambers on Navy, police, and commercial barrels were milled after being blued, which resulted in a bright unfinished surface comparable to Colt commercial barrels. Serial numbers were stamped on the barrels prior to bluing, and therefore, bluing remained inside the numbers.
All Sistemas were originally finished in black oxide, except a few that were specially ordered for the Navy. Many were later re-finished, most Navy pistols in parkerization. Early guns had checkered walnut stocks; later had black or brown hard rubber.
i would pick up a Wilson Combat replacement, and be done with it.
iv yet to have a Wilson part that needed any fitting.
I wouldn't worry about "originality" with a thick parkerized finish, your pistol isn't going to make any collector swoon and value is fairly nominal (altthough a lot more than the 225.00 they used to go for 10 years ago!). This is an original finish DGFM (not the best one I have ever seen, but decent enough and I think I paid 200.00 for it, a LONG time ago.). Use anything you like,won't make much difference.
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