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Custom Delta Elite

Discussion in '1911 Photo Gallery' started by deadite, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. deadite

    deadite #15 to Register! Supporting Addict

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    Aug 17, 2011
    I'm reposting this on this forum for those that didn't see it. :)

    Since it's simultaneously the 100th birthday of Mr. John Browning's 1911 and the 40th birthday of deadite this year, I treated myself to something special. A stainless steel Colt Delta Elite in 10mm customized by the wonderfully talented Marianne Carniak!

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    This is one of the new series produced after 2008. Ms. Carniak has performed the following custom work:

    --Wilson Combat beaver-tail grip safety, expertly and superbly blended and bead blasted to match the gun's finish.
    --Wilson Combat extended thumb safety.

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    --Videki trigger with trigger pull set to a crisp 3.75 lbs.

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    --Smith & Alexander flat mainspring housing/mag-well fitted and blended to frame.

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    --Tuned extractor.

    This Delta is so sweet. I took her out today and ran some 10mm down range. I shot Double Tap(200gr FMJ-FP @1225 FPS) and some Hornady XTPs. The Double Tap led to, literally, one-ragged hole at 10 yards. The Hornady did ok, but not as well.

    It has three 8 round mags that have been updated to 9 round capacity with Chip McCormick Shooting Star kits.

    I'm psyched about this Colt. I'm very pleased with the fit and finish and the way the slide is mated to the frame. Lately, Colt 1911s that I've handled at the gun store seem to have a lot of play, but this one is tight. It's the first 10mm that I've personally owned and I love it judging from it's performance today. Not much snappier than 45ACP, IMO. I was set for a small nuke explosion.

    Hope you enjoy the pics!

    deadite
     
  2. deadite

    deadite #15 to Register! Supporting Addict

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    Aug 17, 2011
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    Nice blend job!

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    Next, I may need to find some custom grip panels with Delta medallions...

    For those who haven't heard of Marianne Carniac, she was recently mentioned in the new issue of Guns and Ammo Book of the 1911 The Custom Edition.

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    Her shop is in Michigan and she's the daughter of Russ Carniac, another famed Custom 1911 Smith.

    http://www.carniakcustom.com/

    deadite
     

  3. Hokie

    Hokie Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Very nice, Matt. Great bday gift for sure. I hit 40 next June and sadly I have no plans for a purchase.
     
  4. deadite

    deadite #15 to Register! Supporting Addict

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Happy early birthday! I figure that I needed something to remember the big four oh.
     
  5. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    I turn 45 in March,.........guess what Daddy's buying himself?!



    Happy 40th Matt!
     
  6. Hokie

    Hokie Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    That was my plan for the Kobra Carry....40th bday gift. Just made it happen earlier than expected. :chuncky:
     
  7. djackson

    djackson Member

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    Aug 18, 2011
    nice, Ive always like the DE
     
  8. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Beretta & Hockey Fanatic

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  9. deadite

    deadite #15 to Register! Supporting Addict

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Thanks, guys!!

    deadite
     
  10. Chris

    Chris YOU ****!!!! Supporting Addict

    Aug 17, 2011
    Sweet score and happy birthday again.
     
  11. deadite

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Thanks!!

    deadite
     
  12. rsxr22

    rsxr22 Member

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    Aug 17, 2011
    that thing is just awesome
     
  13. deadite

    deadite #15 to Register! Supporting Addict

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Thanks, buddy! Are you going to buy that Nastoff or what? :)

    deadite
     
  14. deadite

    deadite #15 to Register! Supporting Addict

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Also copied from the other thread on GT.

    Delta Elite

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    Dan Wesson PM7

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    I was just comparing these two 1911s of mine. The general fit and finish of the Dan Wesson is better than the Colt, with the exception of the work done by Ms. Carniak. Both of them shoot about the same accuracy-wise. I like the regular GI spring tube set-up of the Colt better, not to mention the DW's FLGR and the front cocking serrations, but I don't think I would get rid of the DW because of those concerns. Both very solid 1911s.

    Even though some seem to think that the 10mm is some sort of tactical nuke explosion, I really didn't see that much % difference in recoil. The 10mm is obviously snappier, but I think I might like it a little better for target work. The 45ACP would be better for follow-up shots.

    At this point the thin grip panels of the DW fit my hands better, but I had no trouble with the wrap-around variety on the Delta. Even though I typically hate those type of grips, they don't feel too bad and they certainly are grippy.

    The sights on the Colt are very visible, so I don't think I'll change them out.

    deadite
     
  15. KillStick

    KillStick Lovin Life

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    Aug 17, 2011
    That is just sweet, congrats on a great Delta.
     
  16. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    I'd like to have a tricked out Delta someday. Great looking gun.
     
  17. G26S239

    G26S239 New Member

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Happy birthday Deadite, that is a nice looking Delta Elite you have there.
     
  18. deadite

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Thanks!!!

    deadite
     
  19. Trigger

    Trigger New Member

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    Aug 19, 2011
    Very nice for sure..........:hail:
     
  20. deadite

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Thanks, Trigger!
     
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