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Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by ontarget1911, Oct 27, 2011.
You REALLY need to invest in a better camera......
I prefer CNC cut checkering. I do not care for the uneven look as on factory Les Baers.
The last one I had checkered I went the CNC route. Personally I don't have a preference one way or another until you get to full customs. With those I'd prefer hand checkered as a matter of personal taste. That said even at that level of smithing some folks don't do as good of job as a machine/program. Where I'd want the personal touch is filing down some of the points.
I had hand done on the CUstom Shop Springfield I had. Deb talked me out of machine checkering for one of their builds. However, they did a perfect job on the checkering.
In photos, I typically cannot tell. If I was gonna send of a 1911 to get checkering done (on a non custom 1911) - I'd just get machine chckering
Hello Jess..I watched this thread/debate? on the other forum.. I commend you for your skill...I cannot, nor will I try to hand checker. I just don't have the skill level, and I will not turn out a second rate job..I know my limitations, so to speak..One thing the readers should consider..Any mill or CNC worth it's salt is manufactured to ISO standards..& ABEC Grade 7 matched spindle bearings.. No human being can match that accuracy using hand tools...I do a lot of machine checkering, done properly, it is flawless and very cosmetically appealing..Again, looks O.K from what I can see in the pic.. You have me beat when it comes to a file..
You have to respect a perfect hand checkering job, when done right, it's my preference.
Great thoughts. Anyone have any guesses as to which in the pics is hand and which one CNC?\
Last one looks like it is the hand cut one.....the points like higher and more sharp
Yes, I have held a TRP and a Pro. The Pro isn't as sharp. When I ordered my SACS gun years ago, Deb told me that the hand checkering isn't typically as sharp as machine checkering
I can tell you that out of the first posting of the 5 pictures, the first 3 starting from the top down were taken with a Nikon D40 :eyebrows:
Yeah I know the pic properties too
I don't believe you Jerry, we need pictures. :biggrin1: