Who are some gunsmiths that focus more on reliability rather than looks? I have heard that John Jardine is a guy who doesn't care about how it looks (i.e. parkerizing rather than that beautiful bluing that so many do) but rather how it runs. I suspect Karl Sokol of Chestnut Mountain Sports is the same way (heard of him via Marcus Wynne). Any others? I've seen lots of great smiths, and they post beautiful work (Burton, Rogers, Wilson Combat, Nighthawk, etc) but I'm not looking for a heirloom piece. So long as everything fits together right, the checkering/serrations is how I'd like it and it runs well, it doesn't matter if it's a royal blue finish with indexed grip screws and french borders or if it's a plain-jane parkerized 1911 that gets mistaken for a Philippine gun. Kinda like saying I'd rather have this guy: That runs fast as hell vs Which runs just as well, but has the added expense of cosmetics work. Plus you probably wouldn't want to use it as a driver (those gravel trucks on the highway will scratch up my paint job!). EDIT [- I should probably say what I need in a smith: Build a 1911 from a caspian slide/receiver, not a rework on a factory production gun. I want a 9mm commander with a rail, which doesn't seem to have been produced in great numbers.