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Old 03-10-2011, 11:24 AM   #11
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Hey George,



Let us know what specific steps you take to accurize your FM 90, OK?



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Old 03-10-2011, 04:43 PM   #12
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I have a Browning, a Charles Daly, and had until recently a Fm90 clone from Argentina. All are serviceable pistols, with the fit and finish going to the Browning, but the others shot well.



As for 1911s, I have a Colt, a Kimber, and a Rock Island, and if forced to choose between them I'm not sure which it would be. Look closely at the Rock Island. I bought mine for $459.00, the tactical model, and it's becoming one of my favorite shooters.



Good luck in your search.
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:18 PM   #13
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I agree with your assessment. I currently have a bid on a FEG clone on Gunbroker, that will be a good deal if I get it. I will do a quite a bit of fluff and buff, starting out to insure reliability, then smoothness, and then dehorn any sharp edges and then refinish it. I do this simply as an inexpensive project to occupy my free time. If I bought a Browning, it may not need any of this. Where is the fun in that? :)

Once satisfied, it may stay in my collection or be given away or sold. I chose a clone to reduce expense but I did the same to a very expensive Springfield Stainless Loaded Champion recently too. It stays in the collection of course.
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:12 PM   #14
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Joe -
Good luck on your auction. If your Feg is like mine, I believe you'll hang on to it.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:18 PM   #15
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I nailed it down, should have it by the weekend if I am lucky. It has a nice set of pachmayer(sp?) finger groove grips on it. I am looking forward to it.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:19 PM   #16
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The FEG came in today. Decent matte black refinish job done on it. One mag. Extractor spring is stout, recoil spring is correctly installed and feels like good tension. No magazine disconnect function, will release hammer with mag out. Humped barrel ramp. Thumb safety does not snap on or off safe. Tight but does not feel like it detents. Is it worthwhile to replace with a larger safety lever or just carry it hammer down and cock on the draw?

I look forward to deburring and polishing or fluff and buff as they call it now. Then take it out and see how it is going to behave. Supposed to be a nice weekend here, this will make it even better.
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Good luck JoeB. We are pulling for you.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:48 PM   #18
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Is it worthwhile to replace with a larger safety lever or just carry it hammer down and cock on the draw?
Joe, I trust your judgement and will leave the preferred mode of carry up to you. But two things come into the picture here. First, remember that the FEG does not have a firing pin safety and the gun can fire if dropped when carried hammer down/live round chambered, especially if it lands on the muzzle. So it pays to have a fully-up-to-snuff firing pin rebound spring in your gun if you're going to carry it like that.

Secondly, the left side safety hole in the FEG frame is slightly smaller than the same hole in the BHP. So if you get a Browning or C&S safety made for the BHP you will have to have the left end of the shaft polished down (fitted) on a lathe so it will fit the FEG's hole. A good alternative here is to get up into the Commerce section and see if any FEG owners swapped their later-issue oversized FEG safety lever for an aftermarket ambi unit and want to sell the FEG safety. I swapped a friend out of one from his Charles Daly Hi Power (also a FEG) after he had a C&S ambi unit installed and it fit into my PJK 9HP perfectly. Best of luck in dressing it up.

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Old 04-01-2011, 12:19 AM   #19
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Joe, I trust your judgement and will leave the preferred mode of carry up to you. But two things come into the picture here. First, remember that the FEG does not have a firing pin safety and the gun can fire if dropped when carried hammer down/live round chambered, especially if it lands on the muzzle. So it pays to have a fully-up-to-snuff firing pin rebound spring in your gun if you're going to carry it like that.

Secondly, the left side safety hole in the FEG frame is slightly smaller than the same hole in the BHP. So if you get a Browning or C&S safety made for the BHP you will have to have the left end of the shaft polished down (fitted) on a lathe so it will fit the FEG's hole. A good alternative here is to get up into the Commerce section and see if any FEG owners swapped their later-issue oversized FEG safety lever for an aftermarket ambi unit and want to sell the FEG safety. I swapped a friend out of one from his Charles Daly Hi Power (also a FEG) after he had a C&S ambi unit installed and it fit into my PJK 9HP perfectly. Best of luck in dressing it up.

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Well for now I am going to carry (Will not be my CCW but maybe a hunting gun on my hip) hammer down, because with the safety on, squeeze trigger, it trips the sear and when you click the safety off the hammer falls to the first notch. I would rather ignore and not use a safety that I can't trust. I will watch for a deal on one of the recommended ones. Hammer down and cocking on the draw does not bother me, I am an old single action revolver guy and quite used to lowering and cocking a hammer. I also am quite comfortable with cocked and locked, if the safety has been tested and works properly. This one failed.

The lack of a firing pin block does not worry me, One of my 1911s has it, the other one doesn't. The majority of 1911s out there don't. I have seen the aftermath of a 1911 fall onto a concrete floor muzzle down and no it wasn't me. When I get feeble enough that dropping my gun becomes more probable than accidental I will end my love affair with classic guns and only carry something modern with the more effective passive safeties, such as my XD .45. I hope that day is long in coming.

As to the springs you have warned me about, it is purely subjective but they all feel good to me. I wonder if the supplier I bought from is known to re-spring them when they strip and re-finish them?
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:30 AM   #20
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Don't know, Joe. But if the springs feel good to you, go for it. Sorry the safety isn't up to snuff. I believe I have one of the FEG small safeties laying around somewhere. If you want to try it to see if it cures the condition I'll be glad to send it over. It was removed from a new FEG and should fit your gun without a lot of fitting. Anyway I don't need it and it's worth a try if you are interested. It's a freebie.

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