Newest Project Finished

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by dclevinger, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. dclevinger

    dclevinger Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2015
    Finished this one up last week.
    It started life as a new series 70 Colt and was commissioned as a retirement gift for a USMC officer. Fitted a new trigger, hammer, grip safety and bushing, then did the engraving and handmade stocks. The pins and screws are nitre blued. The presentation box is African padauk.




  2. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    :eek:HOT DANG! She sure is a beauty!!

  3. hks1911

    hks1911 Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2018
    Amazing David, so good.
  4. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Way better than a gold watch.
  5. TexasPatriot59

    TexasPatriot59 Well-Known Member

    Dec 14, 2018
    Awesome!! If you don’t mind me asking, how many hours did the engraving portion take? I’m not the biggest fan of gun engraving as much of it tends to be overly prolific and sometimes down right gaudy, but what you’ve done here is tastefully stunning.
    Roger F. LaFerriere likes this.
  6. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    I like that the width of the grips cover the frame flats at the back and front. I always wondered how good that would look, and as far as I'm concerned that's the way they all should look.

    So now I need to learn how to make grips like that for my own pistol.
    july19 and 1911fanatic like this.
  7. pistolwretch

    pistolwretch Dremel jockey Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    On a scale of one to ten........
    that is a solid TWELVE!
  8. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Beautiful work, David, top shelf!
  9. Shocker2000

    Shocker2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    Thanks for posting. Marvelous work as always David.
  10. 1911fanatic

    1911fanatic Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2011
    Damn that’s a amazing pistol. Hope I don’t get flamed, but I’d shoot the daylights out of it.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    wrmiller likes this.
  11. Bully

    Bully Is that so...

    May 12, 2016
    I’m so happy to be on your list.
    This is gorgeous.
  12. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
  13. JM44

    JM44 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2018
    Amazing work!
  14. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Beautiful work...tastefully done!
  15. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    So would I
    1911fanatic likes this.
  16. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Top Notch Engraving and as said on FB just so tastefully done.. Not too much, not too little just the right amount to make the engraving a beautiful addition to the piece. That sir is a work of art for sure.. Engraving is on a whole other level for sure.

    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2018
  18. dclevinger

    dclevinger Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2015
    Thank very much guys! It was a fun project and I hope to do more like it. Building the box and insert was a nice change of pace.

    A big goal of mine was to get tp point that I could build a full custom with engraving and a presentation box. This is the closest I have come so far.

    TexasPatriot59, I think I have 25-30 hours in the engraving, including the lettering and initial design work.
    WHEELS, 1911fanatic and wrmiller like this.

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