This is a discussion on 1911 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Well last year, about this time I decided to get a a 1911. I have this friend (local in Fairfax) who has built a number ...
Well last year, about this time I decided to get a a 1911. I have this friend (local in Fairfax) who has built a number of 1911's and he has put them up in function and in accuracy against some of the top of the line names in the industry including Les Baer, Wilson, Nighthawk etc.... He is thinking about starting his own 1911 business. However, after seeing his work and how long it takes him he may not be able to keep up with demand and charge enough for his guns. But I said What the HEY! I'll ask him if he will build me one. Everything he does is with files, and stones/ he does not use a single machine. He sat down with me and I picked every part of the gun out my self. Pretty much everything was hand fitted and filed to the Caspian Frame and slide. He has been building guns for almost 30 years now therefore I knew this wasn't his first Rodeo. Well last year he started on mine and tonight I held the finished product.
WELL HERE SHE IS:
youve gotcha a good friend there. good lookin piece, hows she shoot?
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You know why you like THIS one? Because it's YOURS!
Nice weapon...I hope the long wait is worth it.
You do realize that it's against the law in most states...to have only one 1911?
Stay armed...always follow the law ...stay safe!
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Congrats, it looks like a very nice piece!
Your handgun started out with good bones. A Caspian frame and slide and the "top of the line" aftermarket 1911 parts that are available these days are of incredibly high quality.
So yes, it certainly is possible to build a superlative quality 1911 exactly as you have had yours built.
My only suggestion...tell him to scrap the doggone useless FLGR.
Why do you actually want a guide rod?
I take the FLGR out of all my 1911's including my Wilson and Ed Brown!
Looks like you're gonna have a keeper! I suspect your thoughts on your friends ability to sustain a business are correct.... the time/$ thing needs to be doable to make it work.
OTOH, if he simply wants to build these in his spare time as a labor of love, what the hey. Looks like the man's got skills!
Regards, T Bone.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety". Benjamin Franklin
I know of one local, fairly big-name gunsmith who charges oodles for his custom 1911's, and I think he can take up to a year to complete each weapon. So, if your friend wants to give it a go, time and final customer cost shouldn't be that big of a factor for a truly custom gun.