We recently got concealed carry here in Wisconsin, and I recently got my license. What I have to use for that is my trusty Model of 1911, circa October 1918. I bought this pistol about 15 years ago not knowing much about them, so I paid too much for a refinished piece with the UNITED STATES PROPERTY mark ground off.
That said, it's in very good condition. I've pulled out the loupe and inspected the living snot out of it, and I think it's good to go to carry. Let me list all I've done to it, and you tell me if there's something else I need to do to make sure it's as safe as I can make it.
1. All pins were replaced with Wilson Combat or Colt.
2. All parts inside of mainspring housing replaced with new Colt parts.
3. Disconnector and sear replaced with Wilson Combat Bulletproof parts.
4. All springs replaced with new Colt parts.
5. Firing pin replaced with new Colt titanium firing pin.
6. Barrel, link, pin, and barrel bushing replaced with new Colt parts.
7. Magazines are USGI, circa 1983, Checkmate, with new Checkmate followers (they looked suspicious).
8. Grips replaced with Hogue walnut double-diamond wax-finished grips (these feel very nice!). Grip screws are new Colt parts.
Anything else is original 1918.
The NRA Basic Pistol class included range time, and 200 rounds of Blaser 230gr shot with no issues. I had one failure to feed with a new Colt magazine (Checkmate) and as it had hybrid feed lips instead of GI, I set it aside. The instructor shot it, and at 25 feet he emptied a magazine into one ragged hole.
Near as I can tell, this thing will go bang when I want it to, and there's no reason I can't carry it. It passes all of the safety tests in my GI manuals. Is there anything I could possibly have missed?
(no OMFG IT'S GOING TO BLOW UP! comments, please)