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  1. General 1911 talk
    Has anyone here had front strap serrations before? I started looking into them more and they look really really nice. I'm curious how much they improve grip and if anyone could chime in with their personal experiences with it, that'd be great. Starting to debate whether or not I want to get...
  2. General 1911 talk
    Anyone noticed the differences of the front strap checkering between the old Valor and the new Valor as well as other DW models? The old Valor had traditional looking serrations where as the milling showed the cutter radius runout past the last vertical cut and on to the grip flat. The newer...
  3. General 1911 talk
    Dan Wesson has discontinued the original CCO, but they are still aplenty on offer. Its replacement, the Vigil CCO, is very close to the original, save a few mostly cosmetic differences: trigger, sights, (both of these are an easy swap if you feel to), beavertail (more of a duckbill than a...
  4. General 1911 talk
    Anyone know of someone that could help me out with some hand or laser checkering on these grips? They're Russian Maple and Acrylic. I want to use them on this pistol for gun games but they're just too slick.
  5. General 1911 talk
    Has anyone tried this? It looks like a step up from grip tape. Thanks! https://shopwilsoncombat.com/Checkered-Frontstrap-Blue/productinfo/100B/#
  6. General 1911 talk
    Anyone have one and willing to give their thoughts? Looks like it’s the least expensive 1911 with front strap checkering.
  7. General 1911 talk
    Gents, I had sent out a few parts to Dusty in early January and he shipped them back to me very quickly, within a week of receiving them. They arrived back at my work January 15th, a few days after my world fell apart. It took me a few weeks to get around to opening the package and get...
  8. New Member Introductions
    New guy here. I enjoy the conversations and articles I see here. Following is a pic of my 1911 I am constantly working on and shooting. It is a Ruger SR1911 that I bobtail-ed, knurled the front of the grip, cut a flat top in slide with grooves running down the flat, cut side grooves on front of...
  9. 1911 Gunsmithing
    I have a older, more squared off Springfield mil spec that will by my “test” gun for mods. I flush cut and crowned the barrel first, then set off on my first checkering attempt. It’s coming out okay, but has a lot of flaws. I also can’t quite get the top couple rows, so they are still flat. I’ve...
  10. 1911 Gunsmithing
    This is something over wanted to try for awhile. In progress with some clean up and points to work on still.
  11. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Okay, first disclaimer "I am not a gunsmith", but I have been around 1911's nearly my entire life, and I am very mechanically inclined, have a can and will do attitude, learn quickly, and just generally can fix nearly anything. I was a contractor for 25 years and worked as a machinist for 10...
  12. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Although I have sold all of my Baer's with the exception of my Recon, the one thing that I really liked was the front strap checkering. The 30 LPI feels great in my hand, provides enough grip and doesn't rip my hands up. So this has me wanting to pick up some fixtures and files and give my Colt...
  13. 1911 Gunsmithing
    What is a good line per inch file to start learning checkering with? And any other advice. I made up some blanks with aluminum and carbon stock to learn on.
  14. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Want to get the front strap on my SA checkered. Any recommendations?
  15. Sold/Expired Classifieds
    If you want to start doing perfect uniformed checkering yourself then this fixture is a must have. Bought this in June and never ended up using it. Don't go by the prices listed on the website. Contact Neil and he will give you the prices I have listed below. Comes with the following: Fixture...
  16. Sold/Expired Classifieds
    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/handgun-tools/action-frame-tools/frame-tools/1911-checkering-guide-prod780.aspx $15 shipped. PayPal or money order. Thanks
  17. 1911 Gunsmithing
    After receiving my 25 LPI file, 60 degree needle file and brownells checkering jig I finally decided to take the plunge and start filing on my frame. I was a little disappointed when I received the checkering guide since it was made for diamonds but I thought it was something different and I...
  18. Beginner's Corner
    The frame is from a series 80 colt commander that gave me no end of trouble. Turns out the slide rails were not cut parallel with the widest point at the rear. After measuring, found the frame rails were w/in spec so kept it for some future build. Recently found the gumption to try undercutting...
  19. Sold/Expired Classifieds
    Looking for a DC engravers checkering fixture. Please PM me with details if you have one. Thanks in advance!
  20. 1911 Gunsmithing
    A shooting friend loves his RO compact but wanted to ditch the grip tape on his front strap and wanted it checkered.. Long story short I talked him into letting me give it a try. Not perfect but I think it turned out pretty good. Still need to clean it all up. Went with 20LPI
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