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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 7:48 am 
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Random stuff and progress pics from my bench...

Always lots to checker...

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Ejection port work

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A bit of slide top work

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Polish and prep

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More checkering on a current project

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Squared and checkered trigger guard... front of guard hand-checkered at 50lpi...

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Assembled and ready for the range...

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 7:39 am 
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Very nice!

With all the hand checkering, I am surprised to see no kind of handle on your files...? Doesn't that make your hands hurt? Don't forget to take care of them.......

I only know one guy who still actually uses a squared trigger guard (and does extremely well with it). But I will always like the look..... great job.


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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 9:45 pm 
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Outstanding Jason!! Swenson would be jealous of your squared trigger guard.

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 7:01 am 
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Ned Christiansen wrote:
With all the hand checkering, I am surprised to see no kind of handle on your files...? Doesn't that make your hands hurt? Don't forget to take care of them.......


No handles on any of my files... I've never felt like I had as much control over the file if there was a handle on it. I'm still lucky, my hands neither hurt nor ever seem to get tired.

Squared guards are cool and I love to do them but in this configuration (with the checkering on the front of the guard) it is largely nostalgia. Now, checker the bottom of a squared guard and you can actually have a real gain in traction on the pistol.

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 7:57 pm 
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Reminds me of a Nastoff gun....very cool retro!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:42 pm 
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Nicely done, Jason. Very nicely done.

One quick question for you - Looks like there was plenty of meat on the original trigger guard. Just curious as to why you didn't just stretch the original instead of welding on a new one?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:42 am 
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CT Brian wrote:
Nicely done, Jason. Very nicely done.

One quick question for you - Looks like there was plenty of meat on the original trigger guard. Just curious as to why you didn't just stretch the original instead of welding on a new one?


Thanks!

I agree, the original trigger guard was quite thick but only in spots and not at all consistent in width. Since existing material shape and thickness, which certainly contributes to the resulting shape of the squared guard, can vary so much I've always figured it easier to start with a known set of oversized dimensions that I can machine to a size/shape I want. Cutting the guard and making a new insert just helps me control the variables a bit more.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:44 am 
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More photos from a couple of projects...

Cutting the ID on a bushing, machining dovetails, and bore sighting

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Fixing the frame lines

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High-cut and checkering the front strap… I love to checker…

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Finished pattern
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Custom made gold bead insert

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A bit of polish before bluing

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:08 am 
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BIG photo update showing some recent work...

Various stages of making a gold line front sight and rear slide serrations with matching extractor.

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Inletting stock panels for Colt medallions.

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Various photos from a recent 9mm LW CCO build.

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Photos from a 9mm Government Model currently in progress.

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A couple of recently delivered pistols.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:44 am 
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Outstanding looking pistols. Thanks for sharing the progress pics; very cool stuff.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:38 am 
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Unbelievable. That 9mm cco looks like it's going to be a stunner.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:23 am 
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Been a while since I updated this... always lots to do in the shop and here are some of the highlights from past weeks.

Sight install and blending the rear of the slide on a 9mm Colt...

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30lpi hand-checkering the front strap... from high-cut, to flattening, to making points...

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Rear slide serrations cut at 40lpi start to finish...

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30lpi hand-checkering on the mag-well...

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The tape in this photo acts as a visual guide to lay out the horizontal lines...
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Ball cuts and bordering the slide...

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Quick photo of the finished product before it’s boxed up and sent home...

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And another slide getting prepped for finish...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:23 am 
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Photos from a recent build for a very patient customer.

A few pics showing frame/slide fit and barrel fit stuff...

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Setting a hard stop in the thumb safety to make up for a misshaped lug cut in the frame...

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30lpi hand-cut checkering, still one of my most favorite things to do...

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Still needs a bit of clean up in this photo, but the squared trigger guard deserves checkering too, hand-cut 40lpi...

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Starting to look like a real gun...

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Blending the stock panels...

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40lpi rear slide serrations, start to finish...

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De-horning the front end of the gun...

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Cutting borders...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:51 am 
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I saw the latest pics over on 1911 forum. Great photo tutorial on "makin' sausage". I really like the thumb safety fix.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:03 am 
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BIG photo update showing a couple of recent builds...

Welded up frame tangs for beavertail fit...

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Sight install...

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Checkering...


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Shoots good... 5 rounds at 25 yards...

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Making a gold bead insert for the front sight...

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Completed...

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A very cool Colt base gun...

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Frame and slide fitting...

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Needs more ejector, so it gets more ejector...

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Fitting the barrel bushing...

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Rear sight install...

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Lots of checkering to do on this gun...

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Prep and polish...

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The finished product, more of this one to come...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:41 am 
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Always inspiring to see your in process photos. I really like the Heirloom rear sight. Sort of like a Heinie without the "foot" on the back. Much cleaner look.


I've noticed a distinct lack of a gap between slide and frame directly below the extractor in several of your photos like the ones below -
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Normally I see about .010"-.015" clearance cut in the slide there inboard of the frame rails. Is that luck or did you do something to close that gap? Looks mo betta without the gap, but I have seen very darned few guns that don't have it.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:46 am 
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BBBBill wrote:
Always inspiring to see your in process photos. I really like the Heirloom rear sight. Sort of like a Heinie without the "foot" on the back. Much cleaner look.

I've noticed a distinct lack of a gap between slide and frame directly below the extractor in several of your photos.....

Normally I see about .010"-.015" clearance cut in the slide there inboard of the frame rails. Is that luck or did you do something to close that gap? Looks mo betta without the gap, but I have seen very darned few guns that don't have it.


Thanks!

Giving credit where it's due, the rear sight is actually a Heinie that I modify.

As for the 'gap' you referenced.... it's likely a bit of luck that helps out while I'm fitting the frame and slide. I'd love to say that it's all me but so much depends on the base gun as there is only so much clean up that can be done there.

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A great sight made better by your mod.


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I seem to have tons of photos saved up, here’s an update with some ‘recentish’ stuff...

Some ejection port work...

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Fitting a Chen GEN 2 mag-well...

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Barrel fitting stuff...

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Beavertail fitting and blending...

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30lpi checkering on the front strap...

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Checkering the mainspring housing at 30lpi...

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Group shot pre sight correction, not the best group I’ve ever shot but not bad for standing at 25 yards...

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Ball cuts...

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A bit of polish and prep before bluing…

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Recent work on a large letter Series 70 Colt...

A sort of before shot...

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Slide top serrations...

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Frame and slide fitting stuff...

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Barrel fitting stuff...

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Whittling away at the grip safety fit...

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Ejector and extractor fit, blended back of frame and slide...

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30LPI checkering front, rear, and on spring plug...

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Fixing frame lines...

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Rear slide serrations with matched spare extractor...

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Lanyard loop installed in MSH...

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5rds from standing at 25 yards and proof of why I should give up my shooting career... :roll:

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Lots of prep work and de-horn left to do...

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Polished and ready to blue...

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The finished product...

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Stunningly beautiful!


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