Custom M1911 - Money is No Object...


April 7, 2013, 12:47 PM
If you could have a custom M1911 built on any gun you wanted to your exact specifications, what would those specifications be, what M1911 variant would it be based upon, who would you hire to do the work?

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April 7, 2013, 01:01 PM
I would pick a Colt Series 70 Repro and send it to Heirloom Precision.

A couple of details I'd like are their retro rear sight and the gold line front sight. I'd also have the front strap serrated and the guns edges gently smoothed, and whatever their typical reliability package may be. Not much else.

April 7, 2013, 01:09 PM
Personally, I would send a new production Colt Gold Cup National Match to Harrison Custom and have him give it his "Basic Carry" package, with the addition of the installation of a Jardine Tactical hook rear sight and tritium illum'd front sight. Refinished in bead blasted matte blue.

April 7, 2013, 01:26 PM
Hmmmmm... I would take a wilson frame and slide. Send it to Chuck Rogers for his dehorn. Then off to Stan Chen for serrations and magwell, then off to Terry Tussey for porting/lightning of the slide. Schuemann barrel and misc bulltetproof parts would round it out.

now to find a large stack of money and many years of patience.

April 7, 2013, 10:00 PM
I would have to look at an Ed Brown signature gun or just about anything from Pistol Dynamics

April 7, 2013, 10:42 PM
an original blued delta elite and have it reworked by Cylinder and Slide, then engraved by colt. Classy.

April 7, 2013, 11:07 PM
I would just invest in one of Les Baer's models. He can do fancy if you want it.

Jim Watson
April 7, 2013, 11:13 PM
I am an IDPA shooter.
I don't want a BBQ gun or a carry gun too nice to carry, or a safe queen.
I want a first class IDPA ESP, therefore a full size 9mm with all improvements allowed in the rules. Aluminum frame and other parts as available, my present 33 oz Springfield MixMaster is about right.

About the nicest gun I have actually shot was a Colt extensively worked by Wilson.
I am sure they will tell you a current model all-Wilson gun is technically superior, but it can't be any more accurate, reliable, or better looking than this full house Colt. So a Wilson Classic would do nicely.

I have a plain but very well fitted Pachmayr Colt. That gives me a favorable attitude to Pistol Dynamics and the Liebenberg version of the Combat Special. If he would set up a lightweight.

I sure like the looks of Joe Chambers' guns I have seen on boards and zines. Maybe I could give him a shot, so to speak.

Prince Yamato
April 7, 2013, 11:14 PM
Wilson or STI. Top of the line will run $3,500+ but you'll get what you want.

Arkansas Paul
April 7, 2013, 11:17 PM
Ed Brown Executive Carry in 10mm.
No aftermarket work needed. Would just like that gun in that caliber.

April 7, 2013, 11:22 PM
One of those engraved Ed Brown guns would hold its value pretty well.

April 7, 2013, 11:32 PM here ya go,the ultimate 1911

April 8, 2013, 11:09 AM
If money and time were no object, then I would look into something by Rogers Precision.

In the here and now probably Ed Brown's Signature Classic Custom would do quite nicely.

April 8, 2013, 12:04 PM
Am I the only one who reeeeealy wants a 1911 in .50GI?

I'll take a Guncrafters Model 1, but with a meltdown and redone in hard matte chrome all over. I would also like an arched and checkered MSH with a lanyard loop, and a wide spur hammer and checkered short trigger to match. Give it some Trijicon sights (I like the rear that fits the standard colt dovetail), and a simple set of Hogue cobblestone standard rubber grip panels.

All I need is a nice leather IWB and I'm good to go.

April 8, 2013, 05:15 PM
what would those specifications be, what M1911 variant would it be based upon, who would you hire to do the work?
I'm more a user than a collector, so:
1. Bevel sharp edges on bottom of slide
2. Flush pin of slide stop and bevel hole
3. Beveled mag well...not an add-on piece
4. Solid trigger
5. Match barrel/bushing
6. Serrate rear of slide/ejector
7. Serrate top of slide
8. True lines of frame and slide (because I'll be using an old Colt Commercial frame)
9. Contour base of front sight to top of slide

Any top tier 1911 pistolsmith can tune the action and true the slide/frame, but I"d pick one of these and might end up sending it to all three just to take advantage of their specialties:

Ned Christensen - Rear Sight
Stan Chen - Front and rear strap texturing
Bruce Gray - Hardtail grip safety

April 8, 2013, 05:48 PM
Larry Vickers full-house custom built on a Colt Series 80, if money was no object...

April 8, 2013, 07:52 PM
Larry Vickers full-house custom built on a Colt Series 80, if money was no object...
Now that would take a lot of money, since he seems pretty solid on his stance of not building anymore 1911s

April 8, 2013, 09:10 PM
Full size 1911 by volkmann. Shot one tried to trade my jeep for it and got denied fast

April 9, 2013, 12:33 AM
Full size 1911 by volkmann. Shot one tried to trade my jeep for it and got denied fast
I have a Colt MKIV Series 70 1911 (with the "100 Years of Service" rollmark) and I was thinking about getting on Volkmann's wait list for a retro-fit.

April 9, 2013, 03:00 AM
you guys are all suckers

if money and time are no object, I'm getting mine made by JMB with modern tools and techniques

April 9, 2013, 09:10 AM
A royal blued Les Baer built with all the look and features of a WWI Colt 1911 (except for target sights), performed with the highest level of accuracy offered by the factory.

April 9, 2013, 09:11 AM
If I had the money, I'd get a new SV Infinity Sight Tracker. I have an older SV that I really like, but the Sight Tracker is just plain cool.

April 9, 2013, 05:04 PM
Money no object? Heirloom Precision or Chuck Rogers.

April 9, 2013, 06:58 PM
Is no one else going to offer any specifications of what they'd like, on a custom 1911, for the OP?

April 9, 2013, 08:56 PM
Chuck Rogers for my "lookin' at" piece, and Jim Garthwaite for my "user". Since price is no object....

Peter M. Eick
April 9, 2013, 09:01 PM
Well, on my near no money limit 1911.

10mm (of course)
at least 8 mags
Ambi-safety (tactical rounded)
30 LPI checkering front strap
Forward serrations
Full tactical rounding as I hate sharp edges.
Nice grips (wood of course)
3 lbs trigger
Bomar sights front and back
Les Baer Heavyweight monolith frame and slide
Nice blued.
1.5" 50 yard guarantee

Here it is.

April 9, 2013, 09:36 PM
Is no one else going to offer any specifications of what they'd like, on a custom 1911, for the OP?
Here's my exact specifications:

Base Pistol: Colt Gold Cup National Match Match

Custom Specs:
-Jardine Tactical Hook rear sight mounted in existing BoMar dovetail
-Trijicon tritium illum'd front sight, mounted in existing dovetail
-EGW angle bore barrel bushing fitted to a snug, yet hand turn-able fit with matching spring plug
-Function reliability tune-up -w- 16# Wolff recoil spring & XP firing pin spring
-Tuned heavy-duty tool steel extractor & oversize firing pin stop.
-Carry trigger job set to 4 lbs. with a Harrison Design tool steel ignition set featuring the Retro hammer, Colt sear spring & 23 lb. Wolff main spring
-Harrison Design Extreme Service solid aluminum trigger, long
-Wilson 6N extended tactical thumb safety
-Carry Bevel all sharp corners and edges, blend back of slide, melt grip safety tang
-Harrison Design bar stock plunger tube staked in countersunk holes and Loc-Tited in place
-Harrison Design Carry Groove black micarta grip panels
-Harrison Design extended magazine catch
-Refinished in bead blasted matte blue

April 9, 2013, 10:17 PM
Is no one else going to offer any specifications of what they'd like, on a custom 1911, for the OP?

I have three Ed Browns and the first two were standard Special Forces models. When I ordered the third, a Special Forces Light Rail (now discontinued it seems) I figured I'd add some non-standard features. Although I wouldn't call it a true custom 1911 I'm pleased with how it turned out. My only complaint about Ed Brown pistols is the Gen III coating which isn't particularly durable compared to Dan Wesson's duty coat. I recently sent one of my Kimbers to Severns Custom for his Hard Hat treatment and may end up sending all three Ed Browns to him as well.

The pistol below was about $2,700 so add another $350 for Dave Severns' Hard Hat treatment and that puts the pistol at around $3,050. That's about as much as I'd ever pay for a 1911. Anyway, here are the features I ordered.

SF-SS-G3-LR-A (Special Forces Light Rail, stainless, Gen III coating)
25lpi checkering on the front strap and MSH (not SF chainlink)
Ambidextrous thumb safety
Front cocking serrations
Extended magazine release
Serrated slide stop
Rear 10-8 site and front night sight
8-pack magazine

April 10, 2013, 02:01 AM
Fusion slab sided commander in 9mm with a straight trigger and STI square hammer. Throw some Heinie's on it, then send it off to Chuck Rogers for a golf ball treatment, and dehorn. I like simple.

April 10, 2013, 02:24 AM
My dream would definitely be a frankengun of sorts. A commander length with full rail, polished chrome, covered with scroll engraving.

April 15, 2013, 03:07 PM
I'm going through that decision process, it's difficult to find a custom tactical commander in 10mm.

Hopefully by summer it'll be delivered and after a rigorous 1,000 round break in test, become a daily carry at my place. It will look something like this;

1911 custom Fusion T-Comm Pro Series Elite 10mm, Black Shield frame/slide, stainless small accent parts.

Fine rear slide serrations
Top slide diamondline serrations
10-8 rear sight, tritium Trijicon front sight
Browning Hi-Power press check slide cut
Trigger job 3.75-4.25lb clean let off
Pro Series commander hammer, silver
Pro Series K trigger, silver, light adj
416 stainless match grade, commander ramped 10mm barrel with fitted link
Barrel flush cut and target crown
Thick flange chamfered bushing
High ride beavertail
Magwell stainless mainspring housing, chain link
Chain link front strap
Extended tactical thumb safety
Serrated slide stop, forged sure lock
GI guide rod system
Slightly extended combat mag release checkered
C'sink frame and flush cut slide stop pin
AAA+ Cocobolo white Ranger grip, my choice at end of build
Polish sides of slide - apply Black Shield coat
Brush polish small accent parts
Radius dehorn all edges for carry
Extra spring kit for set up
4 additional magazines

This should make for a nice IWB carry while working at my place, town carry, in the saddle or on the tractor. Those 200gr WFNs are equilizers for anything we have in these parts, including an increase in hog activity. :)

April 15, 2013, 08:36 PM
I can come up with custom configurations all day long, but what I would love right now is:

Caspian Commander Carbon Steel Frame and Slide (Series 80) w/ external extractor
Ed Brown Barrel
Ed Brown Strong Side tactical safety
Harrison Custom Novak Cut rear sight (black)
Front Night Sight
Harrison Custom retro ignition set
Custom grip safety (standard 1911A1 grip safety with a memory bump added)
Smith and Alexander flat checkered mainspring housing (or an Ed Brown bobtail, not sure yet)
10-8 Performance flat trigger
Nighthawk extended mag release
VZ grips
All small parts from Ed Brown, Nighthawk, etc...

I'm bored and feel like experimenting...

April 15, 2013, 11:59 PM

a Singer 1911-A1..

April 16, 2013, 04:56 PM
I would love to have an Armand Swenson built Colt. I have Behlert and Clark customs and a Swenson gun would be the icing on the cake that is my collection.

For a new build I'd like two Colts, one built by Dane Burns and one by Chuck Rogers.

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