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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:29 am 
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Photo of the day... the starting process of a large letter Series 70 Colt Government Model project. I get to do some cool stuff on this gun, keeps my job fun!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:53 am 
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Photo of the day... before and after shots showing the beavertail fitting on a large letter Series 70 Colt Government Model project. This is just the bottom end blending, the top still has to be blended and the overall shape/size of the part will be changed as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:59 am 
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Photo of the day... views from a barrel installation on a current Colt project, this without a doubt one of my favorite aspects of building a gun.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:16 pm 
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I never get tired of looking at the process.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:52 am 
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Photo of the day... double checking for correct positioning before doing the final machine pass on this Kart barrel.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:59 am 
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Photo of the day... the beavertail transformation from start to finish on a long term project Colt Commercial Government Model.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:34 am 
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Photo of the day... sight install on a large letter Series 70 Colt Government Model currently in the works.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:46 am 
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Photo of the day... one of my personal guns with an extractor that made the executive decision not to let me finish the last stage at a match this week.

This part had around 50K on it... replacement was made easy since I fit a spare to the gun when I built it. Didn’t help me at the match though...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:30 pm 
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Interesting, you stick with the Series 70 thumb safety, on a personal gun?

And you should join a friend of mine in the "busted extractor" club. In decades of shooting he has broken a pill bottle full of them, and I have broken one. Maybe. I can't be sure.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:16 am 
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The above-ref'd friend of Patrick is a mutual friend. I don't know the current count but fifteen years ago it was seven. No kidding, he carries spares in his ankle holster. Why and how does he break them....? He doesn't do anything different from the rest of us other than a very high round count concentrated on one gun, plus-- he's a lefty. He wonders if that has anything to do with breaking extractors. Patrick and I have discussed it. Any thoughts Jason?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:58 am 
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Photo of the day... thumb safety contour and blending before and after on a Colt Government Model project.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:23 am 
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Patrick Sweeney wrote:
Interesting, you stick with the Series 70 thumb safety, on a personal gun?

And you should join a friend of mine in the "busted extractor" club. In decades of shooting he has broken a pill bottle full of them, and I have broken one. Maybe. I can't be sure.


I've always preferred that size of safety... works very well with my hand shape and size. Every time I try to go to a larger safety I end up back in the same place. I do a safety on the guns I build that is pretty close to the same look as the Colt Commercial part while being a bit longer and wider. It works really well... just don't yet have the need to put on on my personal guns. And, as a related thought, I detest ambi-safeties on my personal guns.

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The above-ref'd friend of Patrick is a mutual friend. I don't know the current count but fifteen years ago it was seven. No kidding, he carries spares in his ankle holster. Why and how does he break them....? He doesn't do anything different from the rest of us other than a very high round count concentrated on one gun, plus-- he's a lefty. He wonders if that has anything to do with breaking extractors. Patrick and I have discussed it. Any thoughts Jason?


I have several "high" round count guns... multiple Government Models with 20K+ and another with 60K+ on it but this may be the single example with the most, don't know for sure since I stopped keeping a good round count some time ago. This is the very first extractor I have ever broken.

Lots of ways to stress an extractor when set up incorrectly, but I would imagine your friend's gun has optimal extractor geometry. I guess I would wonder if the extractor is being stressed as the gun links down, like maybe it's something to do with the position of the barrel and/or the position of the extractor relative to that.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:46 am 
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It may be that particular gun, but I wonder. Ned does the work on that gun, and has for what seems like a couple of decades now. If there's a trick he's been missing, I'd be stunned.


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Photo of the day... before and after shots showing the correction of the trigger guard lines on a Colt Government Model project.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:33 am 
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Photo of the day... some final assembly details on a recently completed two-tone Colt Government Model.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:18 am 
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Interesting, the pyramids not brought up to needle-like points, but each left with a tiny meplat.


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That checkering is as perfect as it comes!


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Patrick Sweeney wrote:
Interesting, the pyramids not brought up to needle-like points, but each left with a tiny meplat.


Yeah... not truly by my intention though, a byproduct of points that were blasted then hard chromed as seen under magnification. No matter how consistent my pattern may be I have found it quite difficult to maintain actual 'pointy-points' once the part is blasted.... and it drives me crazy.

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That checkering is as perfect as it comes!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:59 am 
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Photo of the day... some barrel work and bore-sighting on a Colt Government Model in the works.

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Photo of the day... fresh cut 30lpi checkering on a long term Colt 9mm project that is very close to being finished.

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Photo of the day... random photos from a long term Colt 9mm project in the works.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:14 am 
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Photo of the day... a bit of blending on another Colt Government Model in the works.

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