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Old 04-20-2011, 10:48 AM
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I enjoy the 3rd gen pistols, but there are a couple of things that bug me.

One is the way they use a steel pin to secure the grips, and the grip holds the bottom of the mainspring too. Hogue improves this by having a plastic piece that holds the mainspring. Seriously, what were they thinking? I wonder how many times you can drive that pin out before the frame starts to wear. I like to remove the grips on a pistol when I clean it, and I don't want to have to grab a hammer and punch and drive out a pin.

The other bad design is the sideplate assembly that you have to be careful with when the grip is removed or you can bend it. I have seen more than one used pistol with a damaged sideplate assembly.

The 2nd gen, like the 645, has it right, at least as far as the grips are concerned. 4 screws hold the grips. Mainspring housing is like a 1911, a separate piece by itself, and yes, it has a pin too, but how many times do you need to remove the mainspring?

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