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  1. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Hello folks. My Father-in-law is looking into gunsmithing and wanted my help, and since I am not a smith, just a shooter I would like to put this out there to our smiths in here. My F-I-L has the Penn Foster or a modern gunsmithing courses available to him. Any thought would be welcome. Thank...
  2. General 1911 talk
    There's an interesting thread in the Nighthawk subforum discussing NH's gunsmiths: https://www.1911addicts.com/threads/nighthawk-gunsmiths.112069/page-4#post-1859429 Posted a question but it's slow traffic there. So... Most of us are familiar with Joe's barrel fit challenge and epic thread...
  3. Gear Talk
    Hi all. I don’t sell these but have received several requests asking where to get the Shooboy Hammer. With Randy Schue’s permission, here is his contact info. [email protected] I believe they are $53 shipped with 5 heads. 1 steel, 1 aluminum, 1 brass, 1 light polymer, and 1 denser...
  4. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Advice please. A little while ago I pulled my gun apart trying to diagnose a problem. That is sorted now but I also noticed I had a loose ejector. Doing a little bit of research when fitting a new one you need to test fit your magazine's. This isn't a new one it's the one that came fitted to the...
  5. 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...
  6. General 1911 talk
    Recently I needed screws for mounting a Venom to an EGW optic plate which is one on of my 1911s. While I needed just (2), had to buy a bag of (100) on Amazon. Cost was minimal, $7.60, shipping free because I have Prime. Size: Button Head Socket Cap Screws, 6-32 x 5/16", black oxide, alloy steel...
  7. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Ok, so I'm telling this one on myself. I traded at my LGS for a stainless Dan Wesson Heritage. Gun was in good shape, not mint but certainly clean. So I have never liked the ramped style Novak rear sights and the tritium front sight was pretty much dead. So I removed the front sight and...
  8. General Firearm Discussion
    I think that this interview with Bobby Tyler will resonate with most of the folks here on this forum. Bobby does some great work! https://www.ballisticmag.com/2019/06/18/bobby-tyler-casehardening/?fbclid=IwAR2mLiOEZe49g4HmWsxHGSJs7hJkurL_iNUIHjSpFjBrq27nG06vwDjujs0
  9. General 1911 talk
    Had an awesome experience today! Vacationing on NC beach this week with the family I took some time out to stop in and see the folks at Kart Precision Barrels. I called ahead a couple of weeks ago to make sure they would be open and were ok with someone stopping by and they were, on both...
  10. General 1911 talk
    I would like to find a 1911 gunsmith that's close to mid-Missouri? I really don't want to mail my gun! Thanks Mike
  11. 1911 Gear
    So all the grip safeties I am able to find have a large pointed piece sticking out is it possible to have that ground down or do they make them without it like in pic 2 (photoshopped)?
  12. 1911 Gunsmithing
    I am hoping to be a mill in about a month and hopefully a lathe too. I want to eventually have a full custom shop for 1911s and do other assorted work on handguns/rifles. Ideally, the machines I am buying will be able to do everything I need and last a long while. Does anyone have any specific...
  13. 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...
  14. 1911 Gunsmithing
    What are some important 1911 books/manuals to read when getting into the custom world? I have read Bill Wilsons Combat Auto. I am currently reading Kuhnhausen Vol. 1 and then it will be Vol. 2. What are some other insightful reads I should consider?
  15. General 1911 talk
    I’m sure there’s 100 threads on here but most of the ones I’ve found seem to be opinion. So I would appreciate working knowledge and real world experience. I want to get a kimber super carry ultra HD (all steel) 3” 1911 and make it a reliable carry piece. I’ve heard so much negativity regarding...
  16. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Was just browsing some different sites looking for nothing in particular and came across this: https://thunderranchinc.com/shop/1911-advanced-diagnostic-course-jason-burton/ The Advanced 1911 Diagnostic Course is a 2-day class that guides the student through the operation and functional details...
  17. 1911 Gunsmithing
    I thought I would put this up for whomever might want these or can use these. If you can use them please let me know. Here’s what happened. I sent a bunch to Steve Owens and they were misplaced in the mail. I put together another set to send him but fortunately the post office found them and...
  18. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Anyone had to do this? I have a frame that is out of spec in the trigger slot area and I'm trying to salvage this old clunker. Trigger slot area is .948 and the trigger that came in the gun is .913. Lots of vertical play! Anyway, I think I'm going to shim the trigger. Anybody done this before?
  19. 1911 Gunsmithing
    I saw a post this morning for a Para 14.45 double stack, that is SAO. It's for sale or trade. It got me thinking, I have a 14.45 LDA, that I bought when Paras were new...and good. My question is, can that LDA frame be converted into a SAO?
  20. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Looking for input on Online Gunsmithing Schools. I've seen AGI, SDI, and Penn Foster. Anyone here currently enrolled in one of these and can you provide some feedback? To the well-known, reputable smiths on here, what or where did you learn your skills - if you don't mind sharing. And would...
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