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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:08 pm 
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Just wrapped this one up. I've done a few 1911's that were "stainlesser" than this one, to include stainless sights made from scratch, but this one's not too far behind. He wanted and provided a Wilson adjustable rear, these are good stuff, I made the first protos for WC. Put it in low and protected, he said. I first did this in the late 80's; pics 29 and 30 on my gallery page are one from '90 (it also happens to be a direct-mount where the sight base is not used): http://www.m-guns.com/gallery.php .

I tried to talk this client into FRAG or Barbed Wire but he wanted Conamyds. He sent the grips.... I said cool, where'd you get those? "From you, ten years ago" he said! I don't remember for sure who made them for me but this was pre-VZ, it must have been LTW member ltwtcmndr. Anyway, I thinned them out a little and used them. It wasn't in the budget to pull out all the stops but I pulled out quite a few 8) .

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:19 pm 
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Ding DANG!!!!!
Awesome Ned!

How the heck did you matte the slide top and rear sight blade?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:18 am 
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Thanks Chuck-- I used a shaped cutter with a big sweep.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:24 am 
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looks great! I like the texture approach to the slide top and rear.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:53 pm 
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Ned sweet textures all around. I like it a lot.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:42 pm 
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Looks fantastic! That is some low mounted rear sight!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:45 am 
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No one mentioned the odd-looking barrel bore..... notice the extremely narrow lands. It's a Scheumann "AET" which means it also has a fluted chamber and.... a gain twist:
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:47 am 
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Very cool, I like it a lot..


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:39 am 
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There were a lot of Wilson parts on this one-- really good stuff. Quality and customer support are great at WC.

One part I'm not fond of in terms of ergonomics is their Bullet Proof slide stop. This was my attempt to make it a little more user-friendly on the bottom side.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 4:50 am 
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I am still convinced Ned is from the future or an alternate universe. The things he can do keeps Stephen Hawking up at night rethinking physics.

What suggestions do you have for building all stainless to avoid the so called galling issue?

I also like WC internals. My last custom 1911 was a Springfield Mil spec that went from mil spec to full spec.

I am now putting together a pair of pistols one in all stainless and one with ss slide and blue frame.

Wish me luck.

I will add photos as I go.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:50 am 
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To avoid the galling...... my approach is to not start out too tight and work it until it's not too tight..... in other words I just take dimensions from frame and slide, and where there's interference I machine it to maybe a couple thou clearance. You can still do a no-rattle fit but there can't be a hint of drag.


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 2:20 pm 
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I received my frames at my ffl, one stainless and one blue.

The slides and barrels will arrive tomorrow.

Form there it off to get the internals and controls.

I will post some pics along the way.

I appreciate the response and the inspiration.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:32 am 
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I really like that slide top texture. The buried rear sight cut has some nice touches too.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:28 pm 
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The scraped and flaked look on the barrel is flippin' SWEEEEET!!!!

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Weird that this thread should come back up today, since it was today I shipped the slide from this gun back to the owner. I ran across a picture of it a couple weeks ago and came up with an idea I pitched to him and he went for it. So I did it and shipped it back today without taking a pic, but I'll find the doctored-up one I sent him when I proposed the idea.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:47 pm 
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Did like this, to expose a little more rear sight blade:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:56 pm 
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Absolutely love the way you mounted that rear sight. AWESOME stuff. If I ever get a custom 1911 job done, I am going to insist on having a rear sight just like this one. Heck, I might just have you do it for me to make sure I get it exactly right.

Thanks for showing it.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:24 am 
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Nice to have it appreciated because it was a little extra work, thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:50 am 
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Always outstanding!

What am I seeing on the inside face of the extractor head?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:27 pm 
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Good question and-- never before asked although I do it to every gun. Two dots-- meaning, "extractor #2 for this gun". I usually fit a Wilson extractor or two, plus the original if it's any good. I dot-number then like that so it can be know without removing the extractor, which one is in there. Then both or all three will have further info visible on the extractor with it out-- the last three digits of the gun's s/n, the brand of the extractor, and a "1", "2", or "3".


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:43 pm 
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Do you use any stainless extractors? Happy with them or not?


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I have used many stainless extractors on stainless custom projects and as far as I know there was not trouble.

The only broken extractors I ever hear about on guns I've done are those of my two highest-volume customers. I know they break from time to time in general but it seems rare enough.

On this one, I'd have to check, but I seem to recall Wilson Combat no longer offers their Bullet Proof extractor in stainless...? I think I used a non-stainless one and gave it a blast and a coat of clear Brownells Baking Laquer. Or I did that at the customer's request.


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