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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 7:48 am 
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Random stuff and progress pics from my bench...

Always lots to checker...

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Ejection port work

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A bit of slide top work

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Polish and prep

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More checkering on a current project

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Squared and checkered trigger guard... front of guard hand-checkered at 50lpi...

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Assembled and ready for the range...

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 7:39 am 
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Very nice!

With all the hand checkering, I am surprised to see no kind of handle on your files...? Doesn't that make your hands hurt? Don't forget to take care of them.......

I only know one guy who still actually uses a squared trigger guard (and does extremely well with it). But I will always like the look..... great job.


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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 9:45 pm 
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Outstanding Jason!! Swenson would be jealous of your squared trigger guard.

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 7:01 am 
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Ned Christiansen wrote:
With all the hand checkering, I am surprised to see no kind of handle on your files...? Doesn't that make your hands hurt? Don't forget to take care of them.......


No handles on any of my files... I've never felt like I had as much control over the file if there was a handle on it. I'm still lucky, my hands neither hurt nor ever seem to get tired.

Squared guards are cool and I love to do them but in this configuration (with the checkering on the front of the guard) it is largely nostalgia. Now, checker the bottom of a squared guard and you can actually have a real gain in traction on the pistol.

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 7:57 pm 
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Reminds me of a Nastoff gun....very cool retro!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:42 pm 
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Nicely done, Jason. Very nicely done.

One quick question for you - Looks like there was plenty of meat on the original trigger guard. Just curious as to why you didn't just stretch the original instead of welding on a new one?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:42 am 
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CT Brian wrote:
Nicely done, Jason. Very nicely done.

One quick question for you - Looks like there was plenty of meat on the original trigger guard. Just curious as to why you didn't just stretch the original instead of welding on a new one?


Thanks!

I agree, the original trigger guard was quite thick but only in spots and not at all consistent in width. Since existing material shape and thickness, which certainly contributes to the resulting shape of the squared guard, can vary so much I've always figured it easier to start with a known set of oversized dimensions that I can machine to a size/shape I want. Cutting the guard and making a new insert just helps me control the variables a bit more.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:44 am 
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More photos from a couple of projects...

Cutting the ID on a bushing, machining dovetails, and bore sighting

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Fixing the frame lines

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High-cut and checkering the front strap… I love to checker…

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Finished pattern
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Custom made gold bead insert

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A bit of polish before bluing

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:08 am 
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BIG photo update showing some recent work...

Various stages of making a gold line front sight and rear slide serrations with matching extractor.

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Inletting stock panels for Colt medallions.

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Various photos from a recent 9mm LW CCO build.

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Photos from a 9mm Government Model currently in progress.

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A couple of recently delivered pistols.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:44 am 
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Outstanding looking pistols. Thanks for sharing the progress pics; very cool stuff.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:38 am 
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Unbelievable. That 9mm cco looks like it's going to be a stunner.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:23 am 
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Been a while since I updated this... always lots to do in the shop and here are some of the highlights from past weeks.

Sight install and blending the rear of the slide on a 9mm Colt...

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30lpi hand-checkering the front strap... from high-cut, to flattening, to making points...

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Rear slide serrations cut at 40lpi start to finish...

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30lpi hand-checkering on the mag-well...

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The tape in this photo acts as a visual guide to lay out the horizontal lines...
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Ball cuts and bordering the slide...

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Quick photo of the finished product before it’s boxed up and sent home...

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And another slide getting prepped for finish...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:23 am 
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Photos from a recent build for a very patient customer.

A few pics showing frame/slide fit and barrel fit stuff...

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Setting a hard stop in the thumb safety to make up for a misshaped lug cut in the frame...

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30lpi hand-cut checkering, still one of my most favorite things to do...

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Still needs a bit of clean up in this photo, but the squared trigger guard deserves checkering too, hand-cut 40lpi...

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Starting to look like a real gun...

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Blending the stock panels...

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40lpi rear slide serrations, start to finish...

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De-horning the front end of the gun...

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Cutting borders...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:51 am 
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I saw the latest pics over on 1911 forum. Great photo tutorial on "makin' sausage". I really like the thumb safety fix.


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