Grail Acquired, Ted Yost content inside

Discussion in '1911 Photo Gallery' started by AJP, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. AJP

    AJP Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2017
    About 12 years ago I was scrolling through an issue of some gun magazine, can't remember which, and stumbled across an article on custom 1911's by this outfit called Yost Bonitz, and this sweet all business custom package called "1*". I was a young blossoming gun enthusiast preparing for a career in Law Enforcement, and up to that point, my interests were limited mostly to plastic "working guns", but that article opened my eyes, for better or worse, of the world that was custom 1911's.

    Over the next 10 years, my love and appreciation of the 1911 platform continued to grow, I bought my first back in 2011, a spiffy new Les Baer, and continued to follow the scene. All the while continuing to see this "Ted Yost" guys name pop up, now over at Heirloom Precision, making the finest 1911's I had ever seen. Unfortunately, they were priced accordingly, and just weren't feasible for me at that point in my life.

    Finally in 2017 I found myself in a position where commissioning a Custom was feasible, and after securing my wife's blessing, I went on the hunt for my perfect base gun. I picked up a beautiful 1954 Colt 38 Super, and made a call to Ted, now at Estate Sporting Limited.

    About a year later, I now have the 1911 I have been dreaming about. It is a 38 Super with a 9mm caliber conversion with case. I should add Ted was an absolute joy to work with, and I really appreciated his enthusiasm toward the project. I also want to thank Texas Patriot Arms, without talking to him, I'm not sure if I ever would have finally gone through with this. And last but not least, my wife, I imagine the horror she must have felt when I told her what I wanted to do with our money must have been greater than when I found out how much she was paying to have her "eyelash's did", but she went along with it like a champ.
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    So here is a little Easter Egg for my fellow Colt enthusiasts, I had the crown of the 38 Super barrel finished in white, and the 9mm crown blued, as Colt did, and still does it 20181106_105309.jpg

    Here is one with her sister, both wearing their work boots
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2018
  2. AJP

    AJP Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2017
    Some extra pics

    20181106_100220.jpg The Colt 3.jpg The Colt 5.jpg The Colt 10.jpg The Colt 11.jpg The Colt 12.jpg The Colt 13.jpg
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  3. jaydoc

    jaydoc i'm riding a turtle!

    Aug 10, 2012
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  4. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    Suuuhhhwwweeeeeeeett! That's a beautiful piece, congratulations. You must be incredibly excited to have it back.
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  5. Ohio

    Ohio I like this place !

    Mar 22, 2018
    Very, very nice.
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  6. slovan

    slovan Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2018
    Congratulations! It is a beauty!
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  7. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    Oh my, that is truly a big boy toy... Congrats on your Colt build. Mr Yost is a master at his craft.
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  8. Coolsound

    Coolsound Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2018
    Love it. Congrats on a sweet gun.
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  9. azguy1911

    azguy1911 Screw it, I'm buying more 1911's

    Oct 22, 2015
    Congratulations, his shop is around the corner from my house and his wife works at the grocery store I shop at. I've been searching for a base gun for a Yost build, this thread may make me search harder ;)
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  10. LPRoad

    LPRoad Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 16, 2015
    Amazing and beautiful. Congrats on acquiring such and heirloom quality pistol.
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  11. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    Wonderful, congrats!
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  12. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Absolutely Amazing. Ted is one of the finest especially with the old school 1911s seen this very pistol posted on FB.. Gorgeous. Congratulations got yourself one fantastic gun there.. Love Teds work on this as always.
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  13. Humbucking

    Humbucking Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Very nice! Congrats!
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  14. Mike0251

    Mike0251 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 25, 2016
    Absolutely fantastic! Well done. A family heirloom for you now.
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  15. pistolwretch

    pistolwretch Dremel jockey Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    Top shelf deadly art!
    Someday I'd like to own something similar.
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  16. removed

    removed Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2015
    Great looking pistola!
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  17. AJP

    AJP Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2017
    Am I ever. Going into it, I really didn't think the wait was going to be that bad, especially with Ted's calendar system. Then about a week went by and impatience set in...

    But, when my turn was finally up, it was pretty much the same as the Hattori Hanzo scene in Kill Bill, except Ted was more willing than Hattori. To paraphrase, "it will take me one month to build your gun". Link for reference
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  18. Whiskey Sour

    Whiskey Sour Blossoming Addict

    Apr 13, 2017
    Such a stunning Super; Congrats on finally getting your Grail! What is under the wooden lid with the brass handle inside the case? Such a gorgeous presentation/storage box. Ted's work is truly next level.
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  19. AJP

    AJP Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2017
    Thanks, that is for my spare parts. An extra fitted extractor, extra recoil springs, and spare grips.
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  20. AJP

    AJP Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2017
    That means a bunch coming from some one as talented as you. You also reminded me of a picture I meant to take 20181106_150514.jpg

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