“DAT” gun. Full post will only be here on LTW.....
This one is pretty much done. Final zero is about all that’s left….. at this point in the process I really don’t want to shoot it much, so the sights are reinstalled to exactly where they were when I zero’d the gun with no finish, to speed the process with a minimum of rounds and no trial and error messing around.
My photography skills continue to evolve—sideways, I’m afraid…. I'm still learning and this series of photos was shot knowing my conditions were sub-par and there wasn’t much time. A slight camera upgrade results in a very slight upgrade in photos and a serious increase in the steepness of the learning curve. But, of course, all the dust, lint, smudges, imperfections and fingerprints come through very, very well.
It’s a day-long FRAG-a-thon!
Mainspring housing is my own MSH-F:
My logo and one I designed at the customer’s request. I made it somewhat reminiscent of the Mauser logo and others from the days of yore. After blasting, I went in and polished the bottom of the cuts to highlight the D, A, and T:
“I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down the Osage Orange tree”. Well OK, that’s a lie. But I did take some branches off it, dry them properly over along period of time, and have grips made with the FRAG pattern. RAASCO does these for me and they are everything I hoped they would be, plus extremely durable.
Right side, overall. There’s just never enough light.
EGW bushing and recoil spring plug, sculpted and swept back in a matching fashion, chromed.
Stock Colt slide stops are fine in my opinion but on a case-by-case basis, some come through a little overly belt-sanded. Grip safety is from Guncrafter Industries, I like them because they are a little less heavy than most; thumb safety is my own with the Fallerst™ feature which mates with the Harrison hammer modified so that together, they will prevent the hammer from falling in the event of a sear or sear pin failure. Plunger tube is my own ESPT, Extra Stout Plunger Tube:
I see mag catches done every which way. Mostly I see them angled to be low in front; I always felt the angle should go the other way, low in the back, because that's the direction the thumb is coming from that's going to push it. That is how I’ve been doing them. It’s just a personal opinion thing but either way the trigonometry is inescapable: when you make one side have a less-than-90° degree angle, the other side will have a more-than-90° angle, meaning that even if you round it off a little, it can still feel “kinda sharp”. I did something different on this one that I think will be my new standard although naturally, it’s a lot more work—it is slightly domed. Yes it’s a tiny thing but it’s really comfortable to use. I never ship a gun with a reduced-strength mag catch spring, I don’t that that’s appropriate for a carry gun, so less owie on the surface comes through as “worth it”.