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  1. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Hello all, Some advice please. I am an amateur gunsmith and have been for about 35 years. I have built and finished many firearms and long guns but believe it or not never a 1911. All my work is done via hand tools and where acceptable a drill press with a sliding vice. I have experience in...
  2. Beginner's Corner
    I got all the parts, slide and barrel and an unfinished 80% aluminum receiver. I’m not a machinist and I knew a precision mill job was best but my guy hasn’t got the time now to help me or show me how. He’s the only one I know. My question is geared toward the rail cutter or jig sets. Anybody...
  3. General 1911 talk
    Hi guys, I wanted to share something that I have been going through with Fusion Firearms. I have purchased a lot of parts from them in the past: barrels, slides, recoil parts, small parts, etc. And they have fixed any issue if there was one. Their parts have work fine for me and I supported...
  4. Sold/Expired Classifieds
    Hey all! I'm looking for a complete "Flat-Top" AR pistol, 10.5" or longer in 5.56 NATO. Looking for a quality, reliable AR for frequent range use. Willing to look at "factory" models like the Sig M400 or DD, as well as complete "builds" from quality components. Doesn't need to be aesthetically...
  5. General 1911 talk
    I finally finished my 2nd 1911 build! I actually started this one before my "first" 1911 build but I did this one pretty slowly over the course of a year so it ended up finished second. I followed along Hilton's Duty Tune DVD and both the video and Hilton himself were greatly helpful resources...
  6. 1911 Gunsmithing
    I'm continuing to have issues with the refinisher so some stuff is delayed and swapped around. That said, I think this build is 99% done. This was a very challenging but rewarding process and I've got a lot of notes on what I can improve on. I had a lot of fun doing this and I owe my thanks to...
  7. General 1911 talk
    So I've been wanting to build a standard cheap GI style 1911 for awhile now. I've got an RIA frame and was going to order one of their slides as well, but then I saw this. Serial number puts it as a 1941 production. I got this for about $130 ($60 cheaper than the RIA slide), reason being that...
  8. General 1911 talk
    My curiosity has been piqued lately.... I've drooled appropriately over work from Lou Biondo, Stan Chen and others, but I'd love to hear about some experiences with some of the lesser-known heroes... New blood, lower volume builders, or those who simply choose not to widely promote themselves...
  9. General 1911 talk
    What do you guys think of putting a retro hammer on my upcoming Yost build. Most Yost pics I've seen have a Delta-style hammer with an occasional ring hammer thrown in for good measure. Perhaps something like this Harrison: https://shop.harrisoncustom.com/hd-130-retro-ignition-set Thoughts?
  10. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Last year I decided I needed an indoor hobby that wasn't video games so I settled on taking Hilton Yam's 1911 duty tune DVD and applying all the steps from start to finish to a Springfield Mil-Spec. I did almost everything with 320 grit sandpaper and a #2 swiss file so it was a nice way to spend...
  11. General 1911 talk
    Thinking about rebuilding my first build from 7 years ago or so. Caspian frame with an Ithaca slide that was milled for Novak sights, bunch of Ed Brown parts. It shoots well, but a few things bug me that I didn’t do or didn’t do well. Clean up undercut, add checkering to front strap, blend...
  12. General 1911 talk
    Recently, I discovered Bob Marvel's 1911 build class. My sights are currently set on spending a week building a1911 under his tuteledge for my 50th birthday. That said, is be short changing myself if I didn't at least consider other classes and builders and instructors. I know Vickers does a...
  13. 1911 Gunsmithing
    I see books and YouTube videos showing techniques for creating a nice tight slide-to-frame fit using a frame with oversized rails. Some use sandpaper to get close and then a soft hammer to pound the slide back and forth on the frame with lapping compound. Other show sanding until the fit is...
  14. 1911 Gunsmithing
    I'm contemplating a DIY (hand tools only) .45 ACP Government "Series 70" 1911 build. This will be a gun designed for USPSA/IPSC/IDPA competition use. Before I get too far, I want to run my plans past this group to be sure I'm on the right track. My parts list, at this point, is: Fusion forged...
  15. 1911 Photo Gallery
    Ladies and gentlemen, this is how my Norinco looks after some work on it. - Graphite black Cerakote - Briley match grade barrel - Wilson Combat Bulletproof Beavertail safety - Wilson Combat springs kit - Fusion Hammer & trigger - Wilson Combat full one pice guide rod - Kensight tritium sights...
  16. General 1911 talk
    Ladies (if there are any) and Gentlemen, I present to you, with an uproarious oink! THE PIG! Finally finished. After a long stretch waiting on the shelf while I worked on other things, here it is! Here's the original thread for those who may not...
  17. Sold/Expired Classifieds
    I started working on this BNIB CZ 1911 that I was going to do a full custom build for sale at the shop but customer guns kept pushing it back to the end of the line. I think the only way I’m going to finish it is if someone buys it and specs it out the way they want it. So far the only thing I...
  18. Sold/Expired Classifieds
    Folks: I'm excited to be offering up this pistol, received today, and partly wanting to hang on to it myself. David Panciotti and Mark Regenauer of Evolution Armory do outstanding work as you will see below, in the close-up, high-resolution pics that barely do it justice. This pistol was...
  19. Sold/Expired Classifieds
    Hello- I have for sale an Olive Drab Gen4 g19 frame that was turned over to Business End Customs for Lou to work his magic on a P3 glock build. This gun has 200 rnds through it. Slide made from 416 Stainless Steel Billet Stock. BEC Morse Code Cocking Treatment. BEC “******* Slide Cut” Beveled...
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