I know there are some people here who have customized their 1911s to better suit their needs. I'm not talking about production "custom" 1911s, I'm talking about those who started out with a base gun and ended up with a true work of art.
Here is one of mine. It started life as a 5" Colt Gov't Series 80.
Had the barrel and slide cut down to 4.5", bobtail MSH, "golf ball" front strap with a slight flare at the bottom for better retention, thinned the frame under the grip .300", custom cocobolo grips, "titanium" ceramic coating, C&S lock work, Ed Brown slide stop, 24/7 sights, and more that I can't remember at the moment.
Accurized Combat Conversion package
S&W K frame rear sight
Ramped front sight with orange insert
Stippled frontstrap and mainspring housing
Extended slide release
Lowered ejection port
Mag well bevel
Guaranteed three inch ten shot group at fifty yards
You can read more about it and see how Clark modified it at the links provided below.
Clark Combat Colt 1911 (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/08/clark-combat-colt-1911.html)
This is a Norinco 1911A1 that Ed Vandenberg of Houston, TX worked on for me.
-Ed Brown Hardcore Hammer
-Ed Brown Perfection Sear
-Ed Brown Perfection Disconnector
-Ed Brown Grip Safety
-Ed Brown Thumb Safety
-Ed Brown Sear Spring
-Wilson Combat trigger
-Wilson Combat flat MSH
-All springs replaced with Wolff
-Ejection port flared
-Entire gun reparkerized
-4.5 lb. trigger job
Starter pistol: Springfield 1911 "Loaded" in stainless.
C&S did the bulk of the work, including the lockwork (#3.5 pull), the fitted barrel bushing and Dlask magnesium trigger. They throated barrel, polished the feed ramp, and installed the gold bead front sight and Ed Brown (if I recall correctly) mag well/MSH. Robar put NP3 on the frame and its internals and black oxide on the slide. Grips are from Kim Ahrends.
February 4, 2007, 09:58 PM
Please keep them coming. Soon I will be customizing my own and want ideas.
Ed Brown grip safety
Ed Brown thumb safety
Ed Brown mainspring housing
EGW melt bushing
Clark Custom reverse recoil plug
Ted Yost rear sight
Two tone teflon finish
February 4, 2007, 10:11 PM
I LUV that BOB Commander, wish that Crimson Trace would offer Lasergrips for the BOB 1911s. Anyone else feel the same way??
I don't really think it's a custom, more a semi custom, but here's my Colt w/ C&S internals, Ed Brown beavertail & hammer, 1 piece arched MSH/ mag well and Vedeki trigger....oh & CF grips from Carbon Creations
started life as a base kimber custom target II, changed over to wilson extended controls, wolff springs, wilson magwell, Vgrip msh, and fitted rosewood grips, polished the throat and feed ramp, honed all internal parts for a 3.5lb smooth trigger that breaks pretty cleanly, nothing too complicated as I do my own work, and am not comfortable with refinishing any large areas. http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=50422&d=1167872999
February 4, 2007, 10:48 PM
Colt Gold Cup National Match (http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2006/02/custom-gold-cup-national-match.html)
Ed Brown ambi safety
Ed Brown grip safety
Wilson match bushing
Smith & Alexander magwell
February 4, 2007, 11:02 PM
I had the work done at Coal Creek Armory in Knoxville. They've build several custom guns for me.
Here is another:
Started life as a S/A "Mil-Spec."
Had frame narrowed .300" under the grips, front strap 20lpi, Kart barrel, Kart bushing, C&S lock work, Ed Brown beavertail, slide stop, had the mag release shortened and counter sunk, slide stop shortened and flushed with slide, custom grip and Melonite QPQ finish.