Thanks;can't stand the FCS of the XSE but prefer sights.Would cost too much to buy XSE and remove serrations with a press check cut(?) in the slide. Suggestions on a BT and hammer that could be installed without altering rest of gun just in case....?If you don't care about altering the gun because of potential collector value…you can have an upswept beavertail safety and a commander hammer fitted in the gun. This will then look like a current XSE model but without Novak style sights.
Just do what the military did and use a 1911A1 type grip safety. This would be a drop in and you could keep your 1911 type to put your pistol back to original.
Originally the Model 1911 had a short stubby hammer, but the horse cavalry complained that the hammer "might" be a problem in cocking or lowering the hammer with gloves. In 1914 a hammer with a longer spur was adopted, and it reached back over the short grip safety to bite the skin between the thumb and forefinger. There were immediate complaints of this, but it wasn't until the 10,000 pistols were ordered in 1923 that the longer grip safety was added. In 1939 the hammer spur was again shortened.