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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:05 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:16 pm 
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I've seen Operators done a few different ways but never one so classy!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:03 am 
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I've seen Operators done a few different ways but never one so classy!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:03 am 
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Photo of the day... polished pin ends while prepping another gun for bluing.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:17 am 
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Photo of the day... more prep and polish.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:59 am 
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Photo of the day... blued, assembled, and wearing ivory stocks. Seems to me that everyone should have at last one ivory stocked and blued 1911. This particular gun goes to a very patient client who wanted to turn an old large letter Colt into a classically styled custom. I very much appreciate having clients that allow me to do this work and turn out the best product I can. Thank you sir!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:15 am 
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Photo of the day... a bit of work on the breech-face before fitting the barrel.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:50 am 
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Photo of the day... this is a part 2 for yesterday’s photos. Before and after, making sure the breech-face is flat and square in order to achieve full and proper contact with the barrel hood.

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Photo of the day...straightening the lines above/around the trigger guard before and after. The guard itself still needs work but a couple of other things have to happen before that.

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... and a photo of a recently rebuilt/re-worked project. I originally built this gun in 2010 as a full polished blued gun. The owner, who has a trio from me just like that, wanted to turn one of them into a two-tone so that gave the opportunity to re-work certain aspects of the gun. The results on paper were telling; 5 rounds from standing at 24 yards.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:55 am 
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Photo of the day... starting to look like a real gun, on to machining the slide for sights.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:45 am 
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Photo of the day... machining sight dovetails.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:47 am 
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Photo of the day…. barrel crown and bore sighting.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:41 am 
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Photo of the day... slide stop details before and after.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:23 am 
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Photo of the day... thumb safety work before and after.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:21 am 
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Photo of the day...before and after, mag-catch modifications topped off with 40lpi checkering.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:52 am 
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Interesting. So the customer wanted a stubby thumb safety, and to have the face of the mag catch angled slightly?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:54 am 
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Interesting. So the customer wanted a stubby thumb safety, and to have the face of the mag catch angled slightly?


Yeah basically... the angled mag-catch is an extended part, I machine the angle then checker it. It's kind of a "standard" offering on most of the guns I build. The safety is meant to mimiic the classic teardrop look of the Colt Commercial part but is wider and has the pad moved forward to make it more useable for most folks.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:54 am 
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Photo of the day… laying out the checking pattern on the front strap.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:20 pm 
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Photo of the day… finished 30lpi checkering pattern on the front strap.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:11 am 
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Man.

That's so nice.

One thing I find when checkering with files-- not pretending here like I do it often, 'cause I don't, and pretty much only to "little things"-- is that the LPI of the cutting teeth is close enough to the LPI being checkered that the files want to kinda do a bumpbumpbump once I'm cross-cutting. I always thought the files should be offered with a finer frequency of cutting teeth, like 1.5X the LPI of the file. Obviously though there's no issue for guys who know what they're doing..... or, do you run into this?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:18 am 
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Photo of the day… results from yesterdays range work, 5 rounds of 230grn FMJ from standing at 25 yards. This was the second range session with this gun and allowed me to confirm the correction needed on the front sight height to insure the gun shoots POA/POI. Shooting the gun is still the only way I know to confirm the actual zero and I find that it is generally easier for me to shoot better groups in outdoor/natural light than at an indoor range.

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Ned Christiansen wrote:
Man.

That's so nice.

One thing I find when checkering with files-- not pretending here like I do it often, 'cause I don't, and pretty much only to "little things"-- is that the LPI of the cutting teeth is close enough to the LPI being checkered that the files want to kinda do a bumpbumpbump once I'm cross-cutting. I always thought the files should be offered with a finer frequency of cutting teeth, like 1.5X the LPI of the file. Obviously though there's no issue for guys who know what they're doing..... or, do you run into this?


Thanks man... sorry I missed this post...

But a question... are you saying after starting vertical lines you'd prefer a file that had finer spacing to cross and create the horizontals?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:28 am 
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Photo of the day... checkering on the mainspring housing and a before and after of mag-well beveling and mainspring housing blend.

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Yes. And it couldn't be "twice" as fine because there again it would mesh with the verticals. Optimally it would be something like, I dunno, 1.35X finer, something where theoretically only a few at a time can cut, so cutting edges are not engaging the verticals like gear teeth.

I'm probably just over thinking it, you don't seem to be having any trouble 8)


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Photo of the day... flattened and serrated slide top on another Colt Government Model in the works.

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Photo of the day… time to get the slide on so it’s measure and cut followed by measure and cut followed by measure and cut.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:31 am 
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Photo of the day... a bit of custom sight work and a few final details on a long-term project.

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Photo of the day... beavertail fitting before and after on a current Colt project. Still lots of shaping to do but this is a good start.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:19 am 
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Photo of the day... a bit of measuring before I hack away at the barrel.

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