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Dan Wesson Valor makeover

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Kyle Burt, Mar 11, 2018 at 12:52 PM.

  1. Kyle Burt

    Kyle Burt Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2015
    So a very good friend/co-worker/vet had his Dan Wesson Valor stolen from his truck about 2 months ago. It was his first 1911 and was very attached to it.

    Due to budget issues, he wasn't able to run out and buy a new one to replace it, so he watched GB and finally found a great deal on one that had just been abused but didn't seem to have been shot too much. I told him to jump on it and we'd do what we could to make it better than the first.

    He handed it over and I went to town trying to make her pretty again. I checked it out and seemed in great shape except for the finish but did a little more.

    Bead blast entire gun
    300gr brushed flats (he saw another 1911 done in 300 and loved it)
    harrison ignition
    flush cut reverse crown the barrel
    fresh set of night sights

    Nothing like some of the work by the real smiths here on addicts but my buddy was able to fall in love all over again so it was worth it to me!

    starting point

    Fresh bead blast

    Slow and steady!

    Finished up
  2. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire Supporting Addict

    Apr 12, 2016
    I love a happy ending...*snif*
    boatdoc, 1L26, Journeyman1234 and 4 others like this.

  3. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire Supporting Addict

    Apr 12, 2016
  4. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 19, 2015
  5. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 1, 2013
    Great facelift! It looks brand new all over again, nice job.:thumbs:
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  6. Gimpster

    Gimpster Kevin G Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2017
    That's a great look. Nice job!
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  7. Sneaky One

    Sneaky One Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 14, 2016
  8. Kyle Burt

    Kyle Burt Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2015
    He's been known to troll addicts but I can't seem to get him to sign up.. He's a LONG time fishing buddy and HATES when I send this pic around.. maybe he will see this thread and have to join to comment! ;) . Love it when I get a pic at that perfect moment!
  9. cwoods

    cwoods Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    May 12, 2016
    Dude, that turned awesome. One of the finest DW's ive seen and one of the few that "speak" to me.
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  10. TXP8RIOT

    TXP8RIOT Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Dec 23, 2014
    What a before-and-after difference! Great Job!
  11. Spokes

    Spokes Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Sep 18, 2011
    Nice work, it came out terrific..
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  12. Billy Rao

    Billy Rao Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 4, 2018
    You're a good friend Kyle. The work you performed is priceless, and I'm sure is appreciated more than words can say. Kudo's to great friends.
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  13. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair.

    Aug 18, 2011
    Great on ya taking care of him. Love the fishing pic. Very nice Redfish. You could catch me in funny pics all day for that size fish.
  14. Wilsonwessonbrown

    Wilsonwessonbrown Moderator Staff Member Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    Work came out great I’m sure he’s happy. :thumbs:
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  15. Journeyman1234

    Journeyman1234 Active Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 28, 2017
    That Valor turned out awesome! Great job!
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  16. Glocksta

    Glocksta for president

    Apr 4, 2016
    Far out, think you got room for one more?
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  17. apipeguy

    apipeguy Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Looks fantastic, he should be very happy.
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  18. azguy1911

    azguy1911 cocked and locked Supporting Addict

    Oct 22, 2015
  19. WNC1911

    WNC1911 NRA Life Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 30, 2014
    Great work and nice of you!
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  20. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . . Supporting Addict

    Dec 4, 2014
    That's a real "ugly duckling / swan" transformation.

    Nice .
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