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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

    Sep 4, 2006
    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:

    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

    CWL Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    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

    Jim Watson Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    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

    Rinspeed Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    I would be concerned about reliability but even if it wasn't it could be something simple like mags or extractor tension.
  5. GrandmasterB

    GrandmasterB Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Fort Worth, TX
    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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