Nevermind I looked on your web site.. I should've known: "If ya have to ask ya can't afford it!"
Maybe one day i'll be able to steal from my unborn son's college funds to afford one of your pistols. (Joking... I know you get what you pay for.)
August 20, 2006, 11:44 PM
Never seen a fluted slide. And love how the serrations on the top od the slide come to a point. Gorgeous. Now just hard chrome the whole thing and throw some of those $50K ruby and diamond grips on it, and it will be perfect. ;)
August 20, 2006, 11:50 PM
I was blown away by the fluted slide as well. I also like the golf ball type grip surface instead of traditional checkering or serrations.
August 21, 2006, 02:09 AM
I want one. Nevermind I want two....
August 21, 2006, 04:55 AM
Very very nice. Thanks for sharing.
August 21, 2006, 09:56 AM
August 21, 2006, 10:31 AM
That is one nice pistol. Did that really start out as a GI?
August 21, 2006, 07:30 PM
Are the scollops on the rear of the slide functional, or just for looks?
Is that scollopping, or 'golf-ball' effect done with an end mill? Zowey! That looks tedious to do.
Are the flutes in the slide for lightening, or cosmestics? How much lighter is the slide than a standard slide? I remember the old Colt Gold Cup National Match had a slide that was two ounces lighter than a Government Model, and many of us were suspicious of the reliability, outside a target match.
The grips are laminated what? From here it looks like some kind of carbon fibre or fibreglas arrangment. With those ridges, it looks pretty non-skid.
The bevelling of the bottom of the slide is pretty attractive.
What finish is that? It reminds me of a smooth parkerizing or a hard form of teflon or something. It looks good; I think I'd prefer it in black, but that's taste.
Finally. It looks real good; now does it shoot? Is the trigger clean and not more than 4.5 pounds pressure? Will it hold a minimum of three inches at 50 yards? I presume it will use most variations of .45 ACP ammo, including hardball and semi-wadcutter lead bullets?
I can see a lot of work went into that pistol. Lots of detail. I hope it shoots as good as it looks.
August 21, 2006, 08:35 PM
Thanks for the kind words, folks!
Here is the build list:
Base gun, Springfield Armory G.I. 45 #PW9108LP
Fit slide to frame, match grade.
Kart match barrel, flush cut and crowned.
Wolff 16lb. recoil spring.
Golfballed recoil spring plug.
Kings’ thick flange barrel bushing. Recontoured.
Flatten and serrate top of slide. Deluxe.
Rogers’ cross dovtailed front sight. Green Trijicon lamp with white
Novak rear sight. Rogers’ modification. Yellow Trijicon lamps.
Ball cuts at lower front of slide.
Lightening cuts on slide.
Bevel bottom of slide 60 degrees.
Remachine rear slide grasping serrations.
Golfball rear of slide and frame.
Rework ejection port.
Custom barstock ejector.
Oversized barstock firing pin stop. Fitted.
2 Wilson ‘bulletproof’ extractors. Tuned. Fitted. Golfballed
to match rear of slide.
Brown’s firing pin.
Wolff firing pin spring.
Smith and Alexander grip safety. Recontoured. Golfballed
pad. Welded frame for perfect fit.
Brown’s ‘hardcore’ slide stop. Recontoured. Golfballed
Shorten slide stop pin and chamfer hole on right hand side.
Wilson #337 match hammer.
Wilson A6 tool steel sear.
Greider medium length trigger. Internally lightened.
Wolff sear spring.
Wolff mainspring. 23 lbs.
Trigger job. 3 3/4 lbs.
Brown’s thumb safey, Recontoured.
Nowlin plunger tube.
Colt plunger spring.
Nowlin magazine catch. Golfballed.
Legacy Custom mainspring housing. Golfballed.
Mag well bevel. 15 degree. Deluxe.
High cut and golfball frontstrap.
Carry bevel package.
Larry Davidson ‘Warthog’ grips.
Manganese phosphate and two color Gun-Kote.
It will feed and function with any quality ammo through any quality mags. :)
Will it hold 3" @ 50yds? I dunno! I can't shoot that well! :o
The golfballing texture is done with ball end mills on a manual vertical mill with digital readouts. Yes, it does take some time.
The flutes in the slide are partly cosmetic, but combined with the other mill work, the slide is several ounces lighter. My experience has been a slightly higher cyclic rate with slightly less muzzle flip. I have not noticed nor would I anticipate nor tolerate any degradation of reliability. :scrutiny:
The Davidson grips are laminated G10, darn near bulletproof!
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