I consider myself fairly well mechanically inclined but,..............NO WAY. I simply buy my weapons already checkered or have a professional do it the right way.
To me, on a 1911 especially, I consider front strap checkering a must have item. The rougher the better.
Consider this,the recoil of a revo is one streight back force. A 1911(and other auto's)have a forward "recoil" also. This is the slide slammin' into battery. This,especially in the 1911's that have one of the heavier aftermarket springs.(like a couple of mine)
I want all the friction that I can get in my grips. ---------
If you messed up...could probably stipple over it or add weld metal texture....for sure though ya don't want to be making any frame boo boos. Even the slide....iffen you mess that up...you can always buy a new slide.
You'll kick yourself for messing up that slide but, at least you can order a new one & start over.
Perfectly good 1911 frame + file + me = file + paperweight + cursing idiot.
I am not a gunsmith. Wish I had that talent, but I must resign myself to what I'm good at (fastest beer-opener, expert mess maker, etc.).
Blindhogg is an old buddy of mine from a home gunsmith forum. He is really good at what he does and was tremendously helpful when I built a 1911 from scratch. I wouldn't attempt the checkering but please check out his sight. He has a lot of good info for 1911 fans.
Really cool to see how it done but I wouldn't dare try it. Hell even if I could do it I would probably rather spend a couple hundred bucks rather than spending 4 or 5 tedious hours taking a file to my frame.
There is relief if you make a mistake. EGW makes a weld in panel that will repair a bad checkering job. They cut out the old panel and weld in a new one that is already checkered. Hand checkering is not for the meak at heart, but it can be done. The best thing to do is to just send it out and have it done. I don't do hand checkering much anymore. I send most of my checkering out to EGW and let George run it on his CNC machine. Checkering turns out dead perfect and for the price, you really canot beat it.
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