At work, people bring in guns that they can’t get any other local shop to fix for them. Though mildly frustrating to work on some of these guns, we occasionally get to see gems, like this Western Arms SCW 1911:
I got the opportunity to work on something that was pretty cool back in its time: a Western Arms SCW Wilson Combat 1911 (this gun is a bit of a mish-mash of parts from a couple of different guns, so I’m not sure which model exactly this one is). Western Arms are by no means the most gameable GBB pistols around nowadays, especially considering the scarcity of parts and price point within Canada. I was honestly kind of surprised that anyone local would even own a working WA SCW.
Read on after the break for the pictures I took with my phone while I was working on the gun.
Here it is in all its glory:
Previously fitted with Guarder metal parts (slide and barrel) as well as what appears to be a number of parts in at least 1 rebuild, all the work I did was swap working internal parts from the donor gun (a WA Para-Ordnance P14) into this WA Wilson Combat 1911 gun.
Plastic externals (though they feel heavy and cold to the touch), magazines use a now-defunct valve design requiring a reset, functional “firing pin” that acts as the valve knocker (though was highly prone to breaking). Anything but field-worthy by most player’s current standards… but it sure does look and feel like something other than a toy or model gun. I wish this WA Wilson Combat all the best in its retirement, as its current owner will be retiring this gun from its shooting career and leaving it mostly on display.
I am in no means experienced with Western Arms guns; I’ve only opened up one WA SV Infinity prior to seeing these two. I do apologize if I have my Western Arms terminology wrong, but felt like this was an experience worth sharing.
Got some extra info from “Lupo” – hop up is in fact adjustable… though its effect is less than stellar.
“The adjustment screw is part #97 it is VERY small , it may even be .5mm”
Refer to the red circle to see where the hop up adjustment is:
And… to quote the rest of the pertinent bits that Lupo emailed me:
“I recall the spring issue being fairly common , but it strikes me as happening more when using green gas and having a poorly lubed gun.Seems like it happened a lot more often on the double stacked guns on green , as the recoil speed was very fast. The faster it is the more often the spring gets pinched and bent out of shape.They aren’t very stiff springs so they are a bit slow on response time which leads to them getting hung up a lot , which is where more lube comes in handy.Other then the springs and the less then great hopup they are relatively reliable guns. With after market metal slides they last a really long time.I never got a chance to test it but the rumor was that the WA HW plastic was a plastic and metal mix , being slightly magnetic. As I say , rumor and never got a chance to test it. But they HW stuff that WA put out was always a lot heavier then anything else on the market. The MGC 1911’s are compatible with WA as well , they are most likely even less common.”