Rodgers carry Colt....PICS!!!


Bob Rodgers
May 30, 2008, 11:53 AM
Just completed and ready for a new life in Florida, this one’s destined for a whole bunch of holster time and a high round count. The finish is satin matte stainless, 100/170 glassbeads. The perfect 25 LPI checkering front and rear is by Pete Single. The carry bevel on this pistol is fairly intense and typical of my work. Some may be put off by the rather non traditional look, preferring the crisper (sharper) lines of the originals, and who can blame them? Those pistols are beautiful. But I cater to a different clientele, and in their case function trumps form. Drive a gun hard in a multi-day, several thousand round class, complete with a whole bunch of malfunction clearance drills, and get back to me on this.

The thumb safety is an Ed Brown wide model, thinned to the owner’s specs, softened and contoured. All working and control surfaces on the pistol receive the same attention.

The high cut on the trigger guard is one of the most requested options I offer. Combine it with a high grip beavertail and it serves to sink the gun deeper into the hand to aid in recoil control.

The ejection port is reworked, lowered and flared, and the front port wall has been advanced to provide clearance for the ejection of a live round.

The slide is flat-topped and serrated at 30 LPI in a double arrowhead pattern. While the serrations may provide a little glare dispersion, the main benefit of the flat-topping is that it allows the use of a front sight with a greater apparent height. Shooter benefit? A front sight much more prominent and faster to acquire. The front sight was then thinned to .115”, from .125”, and the rear sight notch was opened from .125” to .140”. The goal was to make it as fast as possible for the owner to dump the front sight into the wider rear notch and press the trigger. A trade-off was made between absolute precision and speed.

The bore of the bushing is countersunk. The barrel is recessed into it and recrowned. This gives a measure of protection to the muzzle.

Grips are by Larry Davidson, ordered .030” longer than standard and seamlessly fit to the mag guide. As for a mag guide on a carry gun? It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you can pull off concealing the extra length, why not?

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May 30, 2008, 12:02 PM
Very nice work.

May 30, 2008, 12:10 PM
Bob Rodgers

Very nice work indeed, sir. I think that the proper way of getting a M1911 to feel right is in how well the sharp edges and contact points can be contoured, radiused, and smoothed out overall. A custom gunsmith who can do this effectively and competently is worth a lot more than all the other tactical bells and whistles that you can hang on your gun.

Black Majik
May 30, 2008, 12:37 PM
Beautiful work.

I like the heavy dehorning job on the pistol. It looks really smooth and doesn't look melt down.

May 30, 2008, 12:44 PM

May 30, 2008, 01:27 PM
If I were in a position of needing to carry everyday, that would be just about perfect!!! A truly beautiful .45!!! I especially like the absence of rails, scope mounts, red dots, laser grips, flare launchers, phased plasma rifles, and other tactical accoutrement!

May 30, 2008, 01:40 PM
Hey Bob,
If you would quit advertising your great work, maybe my wait time wouldn't be so long!

May 30, 2008, 03:18 PM
Nice work and photos. Very nice.

May 30, 2008, 04:41 PM
Very nice.

May 30, 2008, 04:47 PM
Mr. Rodgers, this has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing 1911's I have ever seen. The melt job you did makes it look like it was supposed to be that way, rather than an afterthought, like some of the smoothing jobs I've seen. All in all, a beautiful piece of work.

May 30, 2008, 05:01 PM
Is the front strap beveled at the bottom at an angle or is that the way it looks from sitting on padding?

If it's not beveled then it's the most beautiful 1911 I've ever seen and must have one.

If it is cut funny like that hopefully you can get it without that.

May 30, 2008, 05:17 PM

I can't afford something like that though :(

May 30, 2008, 11:44 PM
Very nice.


May 31, 2008, 07:08 AM
Wow, Very nice.

Old Dog
May 31, 2008, 01:59 PM
The owner of this pistol seems to have ordered up an almost perfect 1911; I'd want an arched MSH and no magwell, but, by golly, that's some terrific pistol work.

May 31, 2008, 04:00 PM
I will take one in 10mm please.:D

Bob Rodgers
May 31, 2008, 05:19 PM
Thank you all for the kind and thoughtful comments. :)

I appreciate the feedback more than you can ever know.

May 31, 2008, 07:18 PM
I don't know what it is about your work, but I've been in complete awe over every pistol you've shown. When and if I decide to go full-blown custom, you sir will be chosen to do the work. I've sent you a PM.


June 1, 2008, 02:36 AM

June 1, 2008, 02:43 AM
Hmmmm....I don't know, something about it isn't working for me. Wait, I know what it is: it's not mine :D

Beautiful work, enjoy it.

Take care,

June 1, 2008, 06:21 PM
The bore of the bushing is countersunk. The barrel is recessed into it and recrowned. This gives a measure of protection to the muzzle.

And also makes for the most aesthetically pleasing 1911 I've ever seen.

El Tejon
June 1, 2008, 06:34 PM
Very nice machining, my compliments.

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