Old School Fighting Pistol, my Yost built Gunsite 1911

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by RMF308, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. RMF308

    RMF308 Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2019
    7D6DB975-965B-4949-8835-27AA5B67550B.jpeg 619A25BE-0DBE-4861-B5C1-42830D86C759.jpeg FA48EDB6-FD24-4BCB-A3C3-88D590735C5E.jpeg 22D5A430-C549-4840-93C9-41FA4AADCFDC.jpeg 97F1ADB9-91C7-43BB-9F07-447AAA68AE0E.jpeg Since I’m new to the forum I thought I’d introduce myself by showing one of my old school fighting pistols created in the lineage of Jeff Cooper’s GSP and built by Ted Yost while he was the resident gunsmith at Gunsite in the early 90’s. It’s a very basic gun, nothing like the builds of now, but there is something old fashion and basic that makes this a wonderful piece.

    Here is my 94' Gunsite pistol, "Custom Carry' model made for me by Yost during his tenue as the gunsmith at Gunsite’s Gunsmithery. I sent it to him a few months before arriving to my Gunsite 250 class in Paulden.

    From memory this is the build list on this gun:
    -Colt 1911, 1991A1 model (I supplied)
    -Videki long solid trigger
    -Dehorn single-sided Kings safety
    -Black on black Novaks dovetail front and rear
    -Brown Grip safety, dehorned and blended perfectly
    -Crown barrel
    -Reliability package
    -Trigger job
    -Spring replacements
    -Metal MSH
    -Gunsite Grips
    -Three metalform magazines, Raven logo.
    -Blue (was planning on sending it to Robar for full Np3 after my class but never got around to it.)

    The difference from the standard Custom Carry models at Gunsite (most were Springfields at the time) is that mine did not have front serrations.

    Since its intial build 25 years ago it has gone though a couple recoil spring replacements, grips screws, and a new slide stop (as the original one broke at around (3000rds) the one on there in the pic is an ugly non-de horned thing. Everything else is as it came from the Ted Yost’s hand and the Gunsite Gunsmithery.

    Some of the options/services I recall that I could have put on the gun at the time included: Low Gunsite thumb safety, thumb safety with a slide shield, thinning of grip for small hands, make the grip safety extra sensitive, trijicon inserts, different finishes. I don't recall ambi-thumb safety as an option.

    Front strap checkering might had been an option but it wasn't very highly regarded in the classes as Ted told me "see the metal shavings and dust under the work benches... that's from students who came into the gunsmithery after a couple days on the ranges asking to have their checkering shaved off as it was tearing up their hands". You'd see a few standing in line at the Gunsmith during lunch break, especially around the second or third day of a class with their checkered and non-dehoned guns asking the Gunsmithery to get them taken care of (dehorn the pistol or take this checkering off). I recall the Gunsmithery staff saying... "show me the blood" as bandages were a necessity on the range for those they didn't have their guns properly dehoned.

    Anyway, enjoy the pics. The pistol has some honest wear and tear on it now but it still functions 100% and does what it needs to do. The blue wear gives it character in a ‘wabi sabi’ way. Also included a pic with my Idaho City Milt Sparks Yaqui holster and matching mag carrier..... old school indeed!
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2019
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  2. leadfarmer

    leadfarmer Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2018
    Beautiful !

    Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk

  3. WC145

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

    Jan 1, 2013
    Old school cool, love it!
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  4. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Classics never go out of style...
  5. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Beautiful pistol. I love the wear on a blued pistol. Very nice example of a fighting gun.
  6. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    Welcome to the forum and wowser.
  7. Xring

    Xring Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    What a beautiful old-school masterpiece!
    ... and I love the anecdote about the front strap checkering and bloody bandages! :)
  8. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    Beauty, congrats!
  9. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    Outstanding! Thank you for sharing these pics and this write-up!
  10. pistolwretch

    pistolwretch Dremel jockey Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
  11. LPRoad

    LPRoad Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 16, 2015
    Simply outstanding
  12. LPRoad

    LPRoad Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 16, 2015
    Simply outstanding
  13. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    Simple is nearly always better and this proves that ;)
  14. TangoWhiskeyFoxtrot

    TangoWhiskeyFoxtrot I do not consent.

    Dec 28, 2017
    Super sweet pistol. Welcome aboard.
  15. elpinkgun

    elpinkgun Just say "NO"..... I can't, I'm ADDICTED Supporting Addict

    Aug 2, 2014
    That’s very sweet!!!!! Great looking blaster
  16. DukeSoprano

    DukeSoprano Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Jan 17, 2013
    Best introduction I have ever seen! Welcome!
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  17. BennyAdeline

    BennyAdeline Official Hi-Point Brand Representative

    Nov 26, 2018
    Yup. That’s awesome!

  18. notshawn54

    notshawn54 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2016
    If that was mine, I’d have to change.................................................
    ..........absolutely nothing!!!!
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  19. 1L26

    1L26 Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Isn't that nice!

    Welcome to the forum from Northern Nevada.

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  20. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    Welcome to our forum from NC.
    That's a real fighting pistol & I
    really like that simple Yaqui holster.
    Is it still being made?
    I like to keep it simple with
    big Booolets works for me :cool:

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