Take this with a grain of salt. Knowing the environment here, the focus is on the performance and practicality for the task at hand. 1911 being a great gun, but I'd say the pros here will say keep it for BBQs and range days. I'm assuming making it "proper" you may mean carry? Even the most expensive 1911 in 45ACP that runs like a sewing machine still is plagued with all the barriers of single stack 8+1 manual safety etc etc. if I were you, I'd dress it up, mod the parts, shoot it and enjoy it... but I would never put that weapon on the "active" list. If my guns were a football team, my Glocks (even XDs) are the players and my 1911 is the cheerleader. Great to look at and touch, but certainly not winning any games.