Guncrafter GI No Name

Discussion in 'Range Reports & Reviews' started by B81, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    My custom ordered GI No Name arrived today.


    The custom mods I requested are fairly standard: flush cut barrel with reverse crown, flush cut slide stop and chamfer frame, blacked out U notch rear sight and FO front, short trigger, functional blended magwell, and black shredder grips with black screws.

    I know that many of you already have guns from GI. So, I won't go into a lot of detail about the gun. I will only mention a few interesting details that I don't think have been documented on this forum, and were not obvious to me.

    Previous No Name examples I've seen did not come with round butt magwells. Mine did. I like round butts. I cannot lie. So, this was a pleasant surprise for me.


    I requested a functional blend on the magwell instead of a full blend. I did this because I'm a cheap *******, and a full blend is quite a bit more money. For those who may be wondering, this is what a "functional blend" looks like.


    As you can see, the frame is beveled around the magwell opening, as it normally would. Then a once one piece magwell is dropped in. It's not pretty, but it is functional and they charged a fair price for this mod. I really can't complain.

    If you take a second look at the two photos above, take note of the grip panels. These are the GI Shredder Grips. I didn't realize this, but these grips have a non standard cross section. They are shaped like an airfoil, with maximum thickness near the back (closer to the MSH). I don't hate them. I'll need some trigger time before I'll know if I love them.

    This is the GI short trigger. Nothing unusual here.



    If you take a look at the above photo, and focus on the mag release, you will see an ominous seam. This looks like mold line to me. I'm guessing that this part is cast. From a practical standpoint, the mag release could be made of plastic and still hold up fine. On the other hand, this isn't a RIA.

    I wasn't sure what to think about the GI 15 LPI checkering when I placed my order. But, I'm pleased to see that it's not nearly as sharp as I thought it might be. The points are slightly rounded and form a fat enough angle that the "spikes" are not at all uncomfortable to grip.


    That's about it for now. This weekend I'll be busy at an Appleseed shoot. But hopefully I'll be able to get some trigger time with this gun later next week.

    EDIT: Grammar and spelling.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2019
  2. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    Your odds of wearing out, or having problems with, a quality investment cast mag release are pretty slim.

    Everybody (myself included) likes to play metallurgist, but not everything needs to be EDM machined, cryotreated, cold hammer forged magical unicorn steel.

  3. Jim Lyles

    Jim Lyles Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
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  4. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    I agree. As I indicated in my original post, the mag release could be made of plastic and still hold up fine. That said, I think many people in the 1911 community have developed the expectation that a 1911 from a premium builder will not be built using MIM or cast parts. For that reason, it is worth pointing out in a review.
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  5. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    In for your future review, congratulations
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  6. Journeyman1234

    Journeyman1234 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2017
    Congrats on a great pistol! Looking forward to your range report. Guncrafter is definitely on my list of future purchases.
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  7. Sneaky One

    Sneaky One Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    Fantastic weapon. Congrats. No mim parts. Round butt is an option. Enjoy it !
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  8. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    Ah no names.
    Good stuff.
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  9. cherokee2u

    cherokee2u Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2018
    Very nice! Congrats
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  10. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Absolutely beautiful! Did I miss the caliber? Regardless, you’re going to love it. My No Name 38 Super is my finest 1911. There’s just something about the smoothness of the slide to frame fit. Congratulations!
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  11. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Nope, I forgot to mention it. It's 45 ACP.
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  12. Renegade4006

    Renegade4006 Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2018
    Hoping to own a GI No Name before the year ends. Your write up and photos have helped reinforce that goal.
  13. BCD 45

    BCD 45 Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2019
    I'm bad, caliber or do they make only .45? How long was your wait time? It's beautiful sir.

    I'll probably never be able to afford one unless I peddle drugs to addicts at my 67 year old age.
    Well done sir and congratulations. If you ever get the craving for a DW, let me know an I might trade with you. Ha-Ha.

    Jim D
  14. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    I ordered this near the beginning of January (of this year), and I arrived at my FFL today. The wait time really depends on what mods you request and how busy they are.

    According to the GI website, they also offer this in 9mm, 10mm, and 38 super.
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  15. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    Being a 3 No Name owner... each being different...... They should have names!!!
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  16. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    They actually had a contest to name the gun.
    However nothing really jumped out at them so they stayed with no name.
    The gun with NO NAME !!!
    If memory serves me they were going to give away one to the person that came up with an acceptable name for it.
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  17. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I'm going to name mine. The full size .45 I will name Darryl. I think I'll call his little brother CCO .45 Darryl and I call his other little brother CCO 9mm. Darryl so that they all have their own name.
  18. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Man you've rolled into some nice additions recently .. Congrats...
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  19. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Thanks. Let me know if you know of any good rice and beans recipes, because that's what I'm going to be eating for a while. :grin:
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  20. gps man

    gps man Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2015
    Very nice!

    I’m partial to red beans and rice myself.

    And, I’m waiting on my first No Name now. Hopefully being built now!

    Well, not “now” on Friday night....

    Waiting on a range report!
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