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New Guncrafter No Name Part 1

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by newt, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. newt

    newt Active Member

    Aug 31, 2011
    I picked up a GCI No Name Yesterday thanks to David Cote. I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, so here's some pics and first impressions. While some guys here have clearly owned more and fancier 1911's than I, I've owned a few. No safe queens. My 1911s do a lot of training/working and get carried daily. So I pick carefully. My last 1911 was one of the first Ed Brown Special Forces (Carbon Steel/GenIII). I had roughly 20K rounds through the Brown.

    In a coupla weeks when I get back from traveling, I'll do a full comparo of it with my Berryhill AFP, plus some rounds through both.

    Not having shot it yet, I do like the design philosophy of the No Name. It's just the new evolution of the 1911 fighting gun. The attention to detail is where it should be. All gun, no crap. The finish is similar to Bruce Gray's Superblack. The checkering is aggressive but not overly so. The EGW style bushing and nice barrel crown are nice touches. The grip safety is perfectly fit. It's tight but not ridiculous. I've owned guns that were so tight out of the box it was ridiculous. I remember when I first got the EB, I put a dent in my thumb getting the bushing off (don't own any bushing wrenches, and maybe I'm old fashioned, but don't think you should need them). I'm usually not a fan of slide top lines, but these are different. Usually, these are shallow, high LPI that'll get ****ed up if you hit a door or something with them. These are deep, low LPI, heavy cut lines that look like a plowman and a machinist got together for some steel work. I think they'll take strikes without getting flattened. The serrations on the sides are fine. And no crazy stuff on the slide is nice. I was always a little oddly embarrassed by "Special Forces" rolled on the slide of my EB.

    Sights are great. I have Heinies on almost all my guns.

    Trigger dry fire is pretty much on par with any nice 1911 like EB, Les Baer, Wilson, yadda.

    I really like the 15 LPI, they're tough. They also look like thei won't get easily flattened bouncing off hard ****. I also like the no-lanyward MSH.

    So, so far so good.

    The only thing I DON'T like are the grips. They're a little over done both in looks and grip for my tastes. I switched to some 10-8 VZ's that I had, and had softened with 400 grit.

    I also bought some nice new leather. A Milt Sparks VM2 and a coupla Del Fatti Mag holders. Two embedded photos. And links to a bunch of hi res.




    More to come!
  2. ravenkeeper98

    ravenkeeper98 Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Very nice, I like it!

  3. Hokie

    Hokie Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Verrrrrrrrrry nice. The NN is a helluva nice gun. Shoot the snot out of that sucka. :thumb:
  4. thecableguy

    thecableguy I hate this addiction Supporting Addict

    Aug 16, 2011
    Congrats newt. very very nice
  5. 20South

    20South Active Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Congrats! I love the NN. I cant wait to see the Berryhill comparison - and certain reactions...:whistling: I also cant wait to see how it holds up to 20k rounds. Mine wont see that in 10 years most likely.
  6. newt

    newt Active Member

    Aug 31, 2011
    Heh, 20South, I'm sure the ahem...reactions'll be good.

    One thing I forgot to mention. Hands down one of the most positive 1911 safeties I've felt. Very aggressive. I like that a lot.

  7. newt

    newt Active Member

    Aug 31, 2011
    By the way, shout out to David and DRC Firearms. Really great, fast find. I'll buy guns from him again as soon as I recover from buying an AFP, a No Name, and a buncha new lather. That should be in about 12 years.

    And Lightning Arm Sports for the new leather. I've bought 10-15 Del Fattis and Milt Sparks, one 5 Shot and one Ritchie from them over the years. If you're looking for great leather, check them out. Right here in good ole Portland Oregon with all the hippies.
  8. drcfirearms

    drcfirearms Forum Sponsor Sponsor

    Aug 16, 2011
    Glad you got it and the initial impressions are positive. I am looking forward to your shooting impressions. The NN is my favorite build, as everyone who has talked to me for more than 5 minutes knows. I am digging the 10-8 grips, btw....
  9. John Ryder

    John Ryder Active Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Nice review, I'll keep an eye out for the follow-ups.

    I've been on the fence for getting a NN and still can't decide. I have another builder in my decision mix, if only I could buy both. Hopefully I'll read/see something in various reviews to push me in either direction.
  10. carguy2244

    carguy2244 Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Congratulations on a great weapon. I got my NN from Dave 3 weeks ago, and have 1300 reliable, accurate rounds throught it. I'm certain you'll enjoy the same results.
    As for Dave, he's 100%.
    Good luck.
  11. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    Sweet Blaster.

    Range report please, when you get a chance.
  12. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Congrats! You're gonna love it. :thumb:
  13. Okie

    Okie Member

    Aug 18, 2011
    Eeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwww how the hell did he get snot in the thing:jaw::animlol:
  14. Okie

    Okie Member

    Aug 18, 2011
    That's a purdy gun for sure:thumb:
  15. jst1tym

    jst1tym What No Delete Button? Supporting Addict

    Aug 23, 2011
    I like it! Good luck with it and will be looking for your range report when you get a chance...
  16. Sir Guy

    Sir Guy Sharpening Ockham's Razor Supporting Addict

    Aug 20, 2011
    You're going to love it. :thumb: Let us know how it shoots. I think you'll be very pleased.


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