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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:33 pm 
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They've done that cut so many different ways -- I mean even just considering Colt. Each one is better than the one before, for them from a manufacturing perspective. On the end user / function and durability end it's almost like they've been trying to make it incrementally worse.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:13 am 
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Photo of the day... getting this one polished and prepped for bluing.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:12 am 
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Photo of the day... spreading chips all over my mill as I machine a rear sight dovetail.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:18 am 
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Photo of the day... from machining the dovetail, to bore sighting, to cutting the front sight height… these photos show the front sight installation on a current Colt project.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:50 am 
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Photo of the day... trigger job stuff...

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:19 am 
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Photo of the day... before and after shots showing the blending and contouring of an ambi-safety on a current Colt project.

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 11:32 am 
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Photo of the day... a few aspects of making a gold line front sight for a current Colt project that I’m finishing up. The serrations on the face of the sight are cut at 75lpi.

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 12:17 pm 
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Daggone . . . that is mighty impressive!


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 3:44 pm 
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Those front sights are just luscious. Can a front sight be luscious? These are.

I hesitated a moment to use the word thinking it might be somehow inapprorpiate but one of its several definitions is spot on:

richly satisfying to the senses or the mind

So yeah, I'm sticking with luscious!


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 9:29 am 
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Ned Christiansen wrote:
Those front sights are just luscious. Can a front sight be luscious? These are.

I hesitated a moment to use the word thinking it might be somehow inapprorpiate but one of its several definitions is spot on:

richly satisfying to the senses or the mind

So yeah, I'm sticking with luscious!


Thanks man... if you look close you'll see that sight is wider at the base where the blade meets the dovetail, the sight blade started as a .125" and I narrowed it to .110". I use a cutter with a small corner radius in an effort to keep as much material joining the blade and the dovetail.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 9:30 am 
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Photo of the day... a bit more polish and this one will be ready for the finish.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 1:01 pm 
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I did notice that-- I've been buying them with a .015 and .030R put on at the factory.


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 10:18 am 
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Photo of the day... I’ve been meaning to post this for some time and for those running a mill this link fixture from Powder River Precision may come in handy.

I got a sneak peak at it early this year and as the photos show the fixture allows for cutting a blank link to an exact size. I’ve used it on a few barrels and it has worked exactly as intended.

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 6:08 pm 
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Nice. Who's offering blank links? I have some that our friend at Brownell's sent me 3-4-5 years back but as I understood it they decided not to carry them.

I never understood the numbering systems and the center-to-center dimensions, that dimension doesn't mean much the way I do it-- my main interest is the metal that separates the two holes..... coincidentally easy to measure directly. I would not mind getting some more blank ones assuming they're well made from the right stuff.


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 9:31 am 
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Ned Christiansen wrote:
Nice. Who's offering blank links?


Powder River Precision makes and sells both the fixture and the links.

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I never understood the numbering systems and the center-to-center dimensions, that dimension doesn't mean much the way I do it-- my main interest is the metal that separates the two holes..... coincidentally easy to measure directly.


I'm basically in the same boat... I want the link to match the bridge dimension, the amount of material from the outside of the link pin hole in the barrel to the flat on the barrel feet. How we arrive at the optimal bridge dimension can vary but this fixture makes it easy to get the spacing just right.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 12:36 pm 
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Photo of the day... 30lpi front strap checkering on a current Colt 9mm project.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 4:25 am 
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Good info on the links, thank you. I met Daniel last year at NRA, a real smart cat.


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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 10:08 am 
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Photo of the day... more checkering on a current Colt 9mm Government Model project. This gun gets a Chen GEN 2 mag-well seen here from blank part to finished and blended 30lpi checkering.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 7:14 pm 
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Mouth watering.

I don't think I've ever seen you address the back of the frame either side of the MSH, an area that can be as irregular as the flats and top radius of the slide. You obviously do as your photos show clean regular lines with even reveal on the MSH. Something that I appreciate as much as any other cosmetic work.


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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 9:30 am 
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Needle-sharp 30 lpi checkering? Some customer has tough hands.


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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 9:33 am 
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BBBBill wrote:
I don't think I've ever seen you address the back of the frame either side of the MSH, an area that can be as irregular as the flats and top radius of the slide. You obviously do as your photos show clean regular lines with even reveal on the MSH. Something that I appreciate as much as any other cosmetic work.


Indeed... I change those lines on every gun I build.

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Needle-sharp 30 lpi checkering? Some customer has tough hands.


It's NEVER sharp enough! :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 10:38 am 
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Photo of the day… the GEN 2 mag-well blended to the frame makes for a BIG opening.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 10:41 am 
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Photo of the day… ball-cuts on the slide before and after. I generally wait until the very end of a build, post all test firing/zeroing/range session, and do ball-cuts as one of the very last machining operations. After a bit more detail work, de-horning, and rear slide serrations this gun will be ready to finish.

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Photo of the day… before and after, 40lpi rear slide serrations matched to rear sight.

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Photo of the day… for this gun the client wanted a hand-checkered large button mag-release. I wanted to make sure that the button and the screw indexed the same way every time to insure the hand-cut 40lpi checkering was always aligned.

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Photo of the day... a very patient repeat client gets to open that box today.

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Photo of the day... prepping and polishing this 9mm slide for bluing.

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 8:25 am 
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Photo of the day... a finished blend of a Wilson mag-well on a current 45ACP Colt project.

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Photo of the day... squared trigger guard from start to finish. This one is checkered on the bottom at 50lpi.

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I never cease to be impressed with the quality and consistency of your hand checkering. And I have checkered more than a handful over the past 40+ years. Yours puts mine in the shade.


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