Personalizing the Colt Gunsite CCO

The reason I purchased the Gunsite COLT CCO pistol was mostly because it was sized just right for everyday carry. The fact that it was a Colt /Gunsite pistol played a part as well. As nice as I thought the pistol was out of the box, I knew when I wrote the check it needed a few things.

First were sights. Like Cooper said, a 1911 needs sights you can see. So, I ordered a set of XS 24/7 sights with the standard dot. No offense Mr.Novak. You make great sights. They’re just not as easy to see as those from XS.

Secondly, and in keeping with the sights you can see mantra, I ordered a set of Crimson Trace Master Series laser grips. I’ve pointed a handgun at enough folks in enough situations to know lasers can for darn sure be to your advantage.

Finally, the trigger on the CCO was a short trigger which made me shoot a tad to the left. It also had that common Colt 1911 trigger rattle. A new, long, Wilson Combat Ultralight Match Trigger fixed this problem in a hurry.

I also did all the retrofitting myself. This took about an hour  and was kind of satisfying – as the folks at Timney Triggers would say, “No gunsmith needed.” I really liked this pistol when I bought it and I like it even more now. Nothing like a little personalization. In a few months you can find a review of the Colt Gunsite CCO pistol – in its out of the box configuration – within the pages of Shooting Illustrated magazine.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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