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    Nice looking! Did you do it yourself? Is the frame stainless? And are you going to leave the finished edges more flat with the bob profile or more rounded?
    Can I send you some of mine? Seriously I always enjoy seeing people that take the initiative to do their own work. And I encourage it. That's how I started. And I also welcome any phone calls from people that want to get more information on how to do this kind of work. So if you don't want to get someone to do your work and you have the desire to learn, please call if I can be of any help.
    There is a bobtail install jig available from Ed Brown. You chuck it in a vise and then center the drill press over the new hole, aligning the drill bit exactly with the hole in the jig that represents the new hole in the frame. Then slip the frame on the jig and pin it in place with the old hole. Then just drill the frame using the new hole placement in the jig as the guide. They say to flip the frame over to drill each hole. I would not do that. They may end out of alignment. Just keep pushing on through and make the hole on both sides. You just have to MAKE SURE that the frame and jig are absolutely level and square. I used a runout guage to make sure. Then you cut, grind, or file the excess metal off to match the profile of the bob. I have made a jig to do this drilling on the mill, but the Ed Brown jig works fine if you take the time to set it up right. And you need a pretty good drill press or mill to do this. Never by hand unless you have the hands of a surgeon. Then just use a good sharp flat file to dress down the frame. If you take your time and just take off a little metal at a time it is not hard, just time consuming. And the jig works well enough that it should take most of the fear factor out of drilling the frame. Like I said, I always encourage people to do their own work and it makes me happy to see it. You could do your own bob with just a good drill press, the Ed Brown jig and maybe a dremel to cut off the excess material and then a flat file to do the final work. And then there is the refinishing. The spray can finishes from Brownell's can do a nice job. You will need access to a blast cabinet to do the final prep. I use a mix of 80 grit aluminum oxide and 120 grit glass. And Duracoat. The reason I like the Duracoat is that it does not need the frame or parts to be degreased and prepped like other finishes. Just media blast, blow off the part and then paint. And it is air dry, not heat cured. And it is one of the most durable finishes out there. But there is a trick that they don't tell you. After painting you must let the parts cure for 2-3 days before assembly. They tell you 1 hour but the paint is still tender at this point and will peel or scratch. Let them sit and dry for at least 24 hours before assembly.
    Not sure that this thread was going to be a how to, but I also would be happy to show some pics of how I do the bob if someone would be interested. I have one here that has been drilled and I could take some pics of the process. But it would make the frame look like a "train wreck" so they would not be pretty finish pics.

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    Very nice work. Nice to see you offer up advice to those who might want to try their hand at it themselves too. I am considering a bob on my Springer, might have to give you a call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ontarget1911 View Post
    Nice looking! Did you do it yourself? Is the frame stainless? And are you going to leave the finished edges more flat with the bob profile or more rounded?
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    No. A friend did it with the Jig you mentioned.
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    Anybody want to see this pistol when it is done? We have decided to have the frame Ceracoated and the slide was done in hard chrome. It will be getting a few other custom touches along the way. The frame is out now for refinishing. I used to do all of my guns myself with Duracoat. I also like the Ceracoat and am using the same refinisher that I use for other types of finishing and that is one less step I have to worry about getting done on this pistol.

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    Like I'd pass up some good custom 1911 porn? Of course I wanna see her when she's done... besides I don't know of a better way to put the "train wreck" comment to bed!
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    Yep, I'd really like to see the difference between what the stippling looks like before and after the coating.
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    I am scared to try stippling my Glock I couldn't imagine doing a Bobtail and stippling on a 1911. Very nice work, I really like the pattern of your stippling. Still trying to find someone local to do my G23. I too would like to see final pics, I bet it looks sharp, and shoots even better.

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    Any 'finished' pics?

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    I am scared to try stippling my Glock I couldn't imagine doing a Bobtail and stippling on a 1911. Very nice work, I really like the pattern of your stippling. Still trying to find someone local to do my G23. I too would like to see final pics, I bet it looks sharp, and shoots even better.

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    I have a Glock here that I can get some pics of if you would like to see it. I just finished it for a friend and have done about 12-15 of them including my "secret" trigger work. I can get the release pull down to a very crisp 4-5 lbs. Really.
    The stippling on this one is a bit on the aggressive side but I think that you will get the idea. Let me get some pics and post them.

    On the finished pics. The gun is out for finishing right now. It should be back in the next few days and I will be posting the finished pics very soon. Thanks for asking.

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    The gun is back from the refinisher and I should have it together and ready for pics in the next day or so. Still want to see it? It will have a hard chromed slide and Ceracoated black frame.

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    Heck yea, we wanna see it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Great talent to have...wish I could do that...post pic's of the end product.
    +1!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ontarget1911 View Post
    Not sure that this thread was going to be a how to, but I also would be happy to show some pics of how I do the bob if someone would be interested. I have one here that has been drilled and I could take some pics of the process. But it would make the frame look like a "train wreck" so they would not be pretty finish pics.
    ABSOLUTELY PLEASE DO. It would be awesome to have a step by step how to with pics of one or more of your master pieces. Not that I am ever likely to do a full on custom on my own but who knows there is always a first time. The very least it will do is help develop an appreciation for what you guys do.
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    I would be happy to. This gun is still in the works. I did some work on the refinishing and it just did not turn out the way I wanted it to so it will be getting stripped and refinished again. This happens sometimes but easily corrected. Maybe if I don't point out the one or two minor dust particles in the finish, you all can take a look at a couple of pics that I did take. Just bear in mind the color will be the same but it is going to be redone. I did not have my small table top paint table setup with the shop vac running and a couple of stray particles contaminated the finish so it will be getting a whole new paint job IN the paint booth this time. I know that it is not proper gunsmithing protocol to admit something needs to be corrected, but that is the truth, not? :)

    You guys are the best. And please inquire about any work that you might need or want on a pistol. Getting some custom work is not always as expensive as you might think.

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