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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
-Dehorn
-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!
 

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Old school cool, love it!
 
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What a beautiful old-school masterpiece!
... and I love the anecdote about the front strap checkering and bloody bandages! :)
 

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Beauty, congrats!
 

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Outstanding! Thank you for sharing these pics and this write-up!
 

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Simple is nearly always better and this proves that ;)
 

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Best introduction I have ever seen! Welcome!
 
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Isn't that nice!

Welcome to the forum from Northern Nevada.

 
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