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I'm interested to here what you guys think is the best base gun for customization and why?
 

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Sort of like 'resale red' in the classic car market, if you plan to off-load it one day and want to get as much as you can for it, might as well go with Colt. If you want the legacy, might as well again go with Colt. If you don't much care about either of these things, than nearly anyone else is fine. I had Dan Wesson build me a custom VBOB right from the factory, liked that approach quite a bit, and would follow a similar approach with Springfield. I sent a couple Colts to Nighthawk for a gut and rebuild, and am very happy with how they turned out. And I dumped a bunch of money into a DWA2 to have it done up by Evolution Armory, for which I have no regrets. If I had to sell, I have no doubt I'd get more money out of the Colts, but I never intend to sell. If you have no intent to sell and you mostly want cosmetic work done, I'd recommend the DW solely because you wouldn't have a need to swap out all the internals for quality concerns, so it would save you a few bucks.
 

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I'm not really sure yet. I've got a Baer that's getting some work done right now, I'm sure I'll love it and never let it go. My DW CBOB is going to get some lovin here shortly. Recently snagged a 9mm Pony that is destined to be my unicorn in 38 super but that's a ways out. A Springer loaded half rail to bubba up myself (not really, just hand checkering and some sort of coating). As stated above, Colts hold their value the best but if you're looking at custom guns as a money maker you're wrong.
Edit to add: if I wasnt hobbled by this damn roster it would be a 70 series. Springers hold their value second to colts or full one off builds. DW makes a fine production gun that you won't have to completely gut. This has all been stated above and I'm in a different position than most of you because my state is retarded. YMMV. Enjoy the ride.
Double edit: I only voted 80 series because that's what I have.
 

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I'm not really sure yet. I've got a Baer that's getting some work done right now, I'm sure I'll love it and never let it go. My DW CBOB is going to get some lovin here shortly. Recently snagged a 9mm Pony that is destined to be my unicorn in 38 super but that's a ways out. A Springer loaded half rail to bubba up myself (not really, just hand checkering and some sort of coating). As stated above, Colts hold their value the best but if you're looking at custom guns as a money maker you're wrong.
Edit to add: if I wasnt hobbled by this damn roster it would be a 70 series. Springers hold their value second to colts or full one off builds. DW makes a fine production gun that you won't have to completely gut. This has all been stated above and I'm in a different position than most of you because my state is retarded. YMMV. Enjoy the ride.
Double edit: I only voted 80 series because that's what I have.
@FWoo45 what work are you having done on the Baer - and which model?
 

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If you don't want to put in a Barrel and a ton of work DW's are the best bang for the buck.. If you want a fresh new build Springfield GI, Milspec, or a Colt. DWs have the most that can be used, with only really having to tweak, and change a few things around to your personal liking, Open to a good deal of Cosmetics if you use Stainless. That is the pitfall to the Duty Treat guns and another good reason to go with the GI, or Milspec, or Colt plenty of cosmetic work can be done, and various finishes.
 

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I voted Colt Series 70 because I love that classic Colt aesthetic. That's the starting point for the look I personally would want, particularly if I could find one with clean rollmarks.

I got a deal on a Wiley Clapp stainless commander that needed some attention, and then sent it to Evolution Armory for a little spa treatment. Nothing too extensive, but I've been very happy with the result. At some point I'd love to get Dave rolling on a basic S70 for a more involved project. That's how I'd do it.
 

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The old ORM Colt 1991A1s make great base guns - forged frames and slides (with all the holes in the right places), accurate barrels, they made a bunch of them and they can be found cheap. I have three custom ORM 1991A1s, one in each size.
 

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I know this is off topic a little, but for the life of me have never understood why folks would send a $400 Glock in for a $1,000 or so of customization. For crying out loud it's a "GLOCK". A semi disposable gun that is of minimal value. If you are going to end up with $1,500 - 1,800 in a Glock just take your money and buy a real gun to start with. Different folks, different strokes I guess.
 

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I know this is off topic a little, but for the life of me have never understood why folks would send a $400 Glock in for a $1,000 or so of customization. For crying out loud it's a "GLOCK". A semi disposable gun that is of minimal value.
Probably for Janks like this (although I still have reservations about dumping a grand into anything...well, maybe two grand...ok, three is the limit bra!!!)

https://tarantacticalinnovations.com/john-wick-combat-master-package/

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