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Info on Caspian Custom 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Exmasonite, Oct 23, 2007.

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  1. Exmasonite

    Exmasonite Member

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    hey all...

    wanting to jump into the 1911 field. just wanted opinions on the following gun posted on another forum. here's the description:

    Foster (Caspian) Stainless Steel Frame
    It is a full size frame that takes standard mags.
    - trigger job
    - lowered ejection port
    - polished internals
    - full length guide rod
    - checkered mainspring housing
    - ODI (Essex) – Viking Combat Commander SS slide
    - 1 generic mag and 1 wilson 47D
    - Wilson stainless beavertail

    I would like 550 or best offer. the trigger is extremely nice on this one. all the work was done by Tim Backus at Gilberts

    if you want pics, they're here:
    http://www.migunowners.org/forum/showthread.php?t=21867


    Basically, i found the buyer of this gun who's interested in trading for my XD .40 service package (gun, 2 mags, leather holster, 800+ rds of .40 ammo).

    I'm already wary since the new buyer got the gun 3 days ago and wants to sell it. don't think i'll do it but wanted opinions on quality of this gun, etc.

    Thanks all!
     
  2. CWL

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    He's asking $400 for the whole shebang which seems pretty cheap to me. If I lived in Michigan, I'd definitely take a look at it and at least check it out for salvageable parts.

    To me the Essex slide on the Caspian frame & other parts looks (in the picture) and sounds like a "frankenpistol", kinda wierd customization. You won't know how reliable or accurate it will be without test firing it yourself.
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    Definitely a Frankengun, Foster trademarked parts are usually blemished Caspians; and the only ODI guns or parts I have seen were pretty rough. Its value depends entirely on how well Mr Bakus put it together. Being a second hand gun, I would demand a substantial testfire before even considering buying or trading for it.
     
  4. Rinspeed

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    I would be concerned about reliability but even if it wasn't it could be something simple like mags or extractor tension.
     
  5. GrandmasterB

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    I'd run away. I think you can find a better gun elsewhere for not much more, such as an STI Spartan.
     
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