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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:11 am 
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Amen.

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Perfection!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:31 am 
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BBBBill wrote:
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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Amen.

Bionic elbows....?

Perfection!


Thanks guys! What is it they say? It's all in the wrist.... HA! Actually, none of it is the wrists! :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:31 am 
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Photo of the day... freshly finished Colt 9mm Lightweight CCO on the way to a repeat (and very patient) client.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:27 am 
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Photo of the day... this is a good example to answer the question of “why does it take so long”. The before pictures show machine marks and odd edge breaks that were left in the slide during manufacturing. These marks could have been left on the slide without any adverse effect on the function of the gun and sometimes you can work around or eliminate things like this via the de-horn and it may have even looked "okay" to the casual observer. However, these particular marks not only remained after media blasting but also had to be corrected in order to get an even beveled de-horn around the edges of the slide. So they gotta be filed and sanded out before the de-horn and without completely changing the existing slide contours and stirrup cuts... all of that equals time.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:56 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:44 am 
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Photo of the day… not the best group I have ever shot but pretty good for standing at 21 yards. This particular project has been a couple of years in the making… I’ve been working it in as I have time and now that it’s been range tested and the zero is established it’s time for the final details and start finishing it up.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:34 am 
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Photo of the day... I generally save the dehorning of the frame and slide until the gun has been thoroughly tested and I’m done with most everything else. For me the dehorn needs to completely functional but also visual, like a frame around a painting. The edges of the beavertail as seen here are just one of the many areas that get addresses as part of the dehorn.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:50 am 
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Photo of the day... prep and polish... the slide will be blued while the frame is off at hard chrome. I love two-tone Colts and maybe even more so when they have a squared trigger guard.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:51 am 
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Two-tone, with a squared trigger guard? Cue "Miami Vice" theme.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:42 am 
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Photo of the day… finishing this up on a long term Colt Government Model project.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:14 am 
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Photo of the day... first steps of starting a new project.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:34 am 
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Photo of the day… with the frame and slide fit finished I can now indicate the slide and enlarge the ejector slot.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:47 am 
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Photo of the day… with the frame and slide fit finished I can now indicate the slide and enlarge the ejector slot.


Going taller/wider? Smaller caliber type ejector or somewhere in between that and a 45?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:51 am 
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BBBBill wrote:
Jason Burton wrote:
Photo of the day… with the frame and slide fit finished I can now indicate the slide and enlarge the ejector slot.


Going taller/wider? Smaller caliber type ejector or somewhere in between that and a 45?


Cleaning up the existing ejector slot to insure it is parallel with the slide raceways as well as making the slot taller and wider to insure optimal case contact.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:51 am 
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Photo of the day… measuring and indicating for barrel fitting.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:05 am 
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Photo of the day… cutting a perfect link and turning a barrel bushing on a current Colt Government Model project.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:31 am 
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Photo of the day… slide stop modifications before and after.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:32 am 
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Photo of the day… modifying the slide stop notch to provide increased clearance and a better opportunity for the slide stop to engage.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:24 am 
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Photo of the day... from start to finish of the beavertail fitting, blending, and shaping on a current Colt Government Model project.

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... blending of the bottom side...

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... and the finished shape.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:21 am 
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Photo of the day... rear of the frame and slide are nicely blended so now I’ll machine sight dovetails into the slide.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:27 am 
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Photo of the day… some barrel/chamber related operations on a current Colt Government Model project.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:43 am 
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Photo of the day… thumb safety shaping and blending on a current Colt Government Model project.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:57 am 
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Photo of the day… mag-well bevel and lanyard loop modification on a soon to be finished Colt project.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:37 am 
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Photo of the day... front strap checkering from high-cut and flattened front strap to finished pattern on a current Colt Government Model project.

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Photo of the day... checkering the mainspring housing (mag-well on this gun) and blending the outside contours to the frame on a current Colt Government Model project. The masking tape you see in the first photo is what I use as a guide for my horizontal lines.

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Photo of the day... before and after blending the mag-well to the frame on a current Colt Government Model project.

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