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mrozowjj  [Member]
Originally Posted By Viper1357:
I've always had a fascination with building a 1911, but more specifically a longslide 1911. I knew about the AMT Hardballer, but just didn't trust the lower frame assembly, so I luckily found (searched GB for almost a year) a like new condition AMT longslide 1911 stainless slide and barrel assembly and set out to mate it to a SA 1911 GI stainless lower. There was a fair amount of fitting involved, and I replaced the SA internals with upgraded parts including an adjustable target trigger, speed hammer, sear and disconnector. Had to blend the back of the slide and frame as they did not match, (see below pics) but it turned out nice in the end. Also had some custom grips made, a custom made mid-length solid guide rod, and a fitted bbl bushing.

It cost a bit more than I planned, but is a very reliable and accurate informal target shooter that gets it's share of looks at the range. I think it turned out nice for my first build.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v88/viper1357/Guns%20stuff/SA%20AMT%20LS%20Project/1amt_sa_ls140.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v88/viper1357/Guns%20stuff/SA%20AMT%20LS%20Project/2_saamt_wrkarea149.jpg

The slow blending of the back frame and slide (below) was the biggest challenge, but it turned out pretty nice.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v88/viper1357/Guns%20stuff/SA%20AMT%20LS%20Project/3_saamt_1frmsld142.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v88/viper1357/Guns%20stuff/SA%20AMT%20LS%20Project/4_saamt_2frmsld146.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v88/viper1357/Guns%20stuff/SA%20AMT%20LS%20Project/7b_saamt_cmplt164.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v88/viper1357/Guns%20stuff/SA%20AMT%20LS%20Project/7c_saamt_cmplt168.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v88/viper1357/Guns%20stuff/SA%20AMT%20LS%20Project/7e_saamt_cmplt173.jpg


That looks pimp dude.
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Heyday  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By TR_Edwards:


Heyday, gimme the scoop on that pistol. That looks exactly like what I wanted to put together for a CCW piece.

Thanks,

TR


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userids  [Member]
wow, thats awesome!
desertmoon  [Team Member]
There are some awesome builds in here....cool stuff, guys!!!
3wide  [Member]
This isn't a custom pistol but I milled off the GI sights and melted in a Bomar on the gun. The front sights are ones I make myself and cold blue to match.













ardvrk  [Member]
Here is a switch top end gun I built, a Caspian framed gun with a .45 top end and a .38 Super topend

This is a Caspian SS frame and slides. I put Kart NM barrels in the slides, Bomars. The Kart barrels are ramped barrels so I could run hot .38 Super loads from my IPSC days.

Pics of the barrels––

This is a Series 70 Colt that I built as an old fashioned pingun. In the past someone has put an old Millet front sight on, the kind that required 2 3/16 holes be drilled in the slide for the front sight base to be "crimped" onto the slide. I cut the slide to Commander length, and the used a compensator that I made 25 years ago to make the length back up to GM length. Originally the compensator was 1 1/2" long, but I cut it back to 3/4" to put on the end of the barrel to reproduce GM length.



The next pic shows the frontstraps that I checkered to 20 lpi and forged the magwell open. I never cared for the mag well add ons, but chose to heat the frame and bend the mag well open to a flare then finish it out..


The stainless gun is stainless, big suprise! The Colt was electroless nickeled using the Caswell home plating kit.

The last pic is the business end of the compensated .45 and the Caspian wearing the Super topend


I carry either this .45 "pin gun" or the Caspian .38 Super as a daily duty gun.
the Colt has an Ed Brown beavetil that i put on. The Caspian has an old Clark SS beavertail that I heated and forged the end of the beavertail to flip up. I preferred this beavertail over all others, but sadly, Clark discontinued it about 3 years ago.

burkian  [Member]








Caspian upper and lower, Kart barrel, Yost, Ed Brown, and Wilson for the rest. Melonite by Coal Creek Armory. I never want to see another file or punch again.
rpbyrd2  [Member]
Thats beautiful. Plain simple and to the point but nice touches when you take a closer look.
TURRICAN  [Team Member]
My latest project Colt 1991
Bought it for 500.00 and figured I could use it for some practice.

Before..........


Added :
Ed Brown MSH
EGW ignition kit just a little bit of polish with a ceramic stone for a great trigger
Novak sights
Wilson grip safety
VZ Operator grips
Polished then hit everything with glass bead

About two weeks of filing and fittting and filing some more.............



hobbs5624  [Member]
Nice job Mike! That turned out nice.
PIC  [Member]
Here is My Caspian for this thread. I posted the build but figured Id put her on here as well





Semper Fi
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Andras  [Member]
I assembled this from a bare ParaOrdnance P14 frame in '93. I used a Para Completion kit from Auto-Ordnance to finish it. Since then though, it has been modified with a Clark ramped barrel, hi-vis adjustable sights, extended slide release and thumb safety, bobbed hammer, and ducktail grip safety. I also switched the arched MSH with a flat MSH from my 1911.



cruzthepug  [Member]
Kimber Slide, Fusion frame, assorted other parts, Kimber, Wilson,etc... Grips by Esmeralda, finished with Brownells gun kote.


Dog1  [Team Member]
This started out life as a Springer GI Champion.



All the work was done by me.

The parts are a mix of Ed Brown and Wilson.

Slide is Norrell's flat black and the frame is Colt Gray.
sigman68  [Member]
Nighthawk upper with Novak adjustable sight on a Fusion frame. Fusion, Ed Brown, and Chip McCormick parts on the rest. Frame and small parts are painted Krylon satin black and the slide is in the original finish for the moment. Once it is tuned up and running then I want to get it Ionbonded. I am still trying to decide on what I want to do to the frontstrap.

Next stop is the shooting range to see how she runs.







gaspain  [Member]
awesome stuff you guys are making!
Salmonaxe  [Member]
Built a dedicated frame for my Tactical Solutions 2211 .22lr kit. From a Caspian SS Recon frame. Got the guts to do it after seeing Gaspain's thread.

Not a single part dropped in. Even the magwell was too tight to fit the magazines. Fitting the beavertail safety was fun. Thumb safety was just as crazy. Just getting it to drop in, run the fullest extents and get the ambi side to fit took a load of time. Then I I had to fit it for function and finally contour it for comfort and to match the lines of the frame. Used a frameslot filler to use series 70 parts in this series 80 frame. Lots of fitting on that. Also, nothing was perfectly flat on either side of where the hammer and sear are held. Loads of tuning was done in order to get the .22lr kit to function properly. 19.5lb Nowlin spring. Contouring hammer to not drag on bottom of slide. Modification of slidestop and slide stop plunger for less resistance in order to work better with the weak 22lr magazine springs. I forgot to get some pics of the speed magwell. I did a blend that looks pretty good. Seems that the hole in either the frame or the mainspring housing was slightly off, since it doesn't fit flush. Oh well. I did a lot of frame contouring to get a higher grip near the trigger guard, to de-horn certain areas that bothered me and finally changing some of the lines to more of my liking. (I have no idea if anyone could tell.)

I might do a bit more to the frame contour. Eventually I'd like to bead blast it and maybe paint it.



txcop893  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By Salmonaxe:
Built a dedicated frame for my Tactical Solutions 2211 .22lr kit. From a Caspian SS Recon frame. Got the guts to do it after seeing Gaspain's thread.

Not a single part dropped in. Even the magwell was too tight to fit the magazines. Fitting the beavertail safety was fun. Thumb safety was just as crazy. Just getting it to drop in, run the fullest extents and get the ambi side to fit took a load of time. Then I I had to fit it for function and finally contour it for comfort and to match the lines of the frame. Used a frameslot filler to use series 70 parts in this series 80 frame. Lots of fitting on that. Also, nothing was perfectly flat on either side of where the hammer and sear are held. Loads of tuning was done in order to get the .22lr kit to function properly. 19.5lb Nowlin spring. Contouring hammer to not drag on bottom of slide. Modification of slidestop and slide stop plunger for less resistance in order to work better with the weak 22lr magazine springs. I forgot to get some pics of the speed magwell. I did a blend that looks pretty good. Seems that the hole in either the frame or the mainspring housing was slightly off, since it doesn't fit flush. Oh well. I did a lot of frame contouring to get a higher grip near the trigger guard, to de-horn certain areas that bothered me and finally changing some of the lines to more of my liking. (I have no idea if anyone could tell.)

I might do a bit more to the frame contour. Eventually I'd like to bead blast it and maybe paint it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/salmonaxe/2211Caspian_1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/salmonaxe/2211Caspian_2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/salmonaxe/2211Caspian_3.jpg


VERY VERY Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seawolf504  [Member]
My homemade MEU SOC 1911A1. Started off as a SA Mil Spec and all the work except for the refinish work was done by me. All internals have been swapped out for Wilson or Ed Brown parts. I'll probably be burried with this gun. lol I love it that much.

Rykor  [Member]
I'll play:



Imbel forgings in the form of a base Springfield G.I. (first gen) 1911A1

A1 mainspring housing replaced with checkered/lanyard flat-back to make original 1911 profile.

Match grade stainless steel barrel and bushing added

Used 18# and hand-tuned recoil spring

Switched spur hammer with McCormick Skeleton hammer (and hand-cut out a channel for the new hammer in the grip-safety beaver-tail)

Kept GI trigger and low-profile safety

Painted / Baked matte KG GunKote, Black

Added VZ Grips Micarta square-bottom grips, OD Green with stainless steel grip screws

Rounded out with ACT-MAG 8rd mags.

(Serial # photoshopped out)
EdHaney1  [Member]

This is my first build. Caspian Frame, IAI slide with the SARCO internal kit. EGW Mag release, CMC extended slide release, Stevens extended ambi thumb safety, a couple Wilson inner parts. I liked the Hogue grips so much I put them on my Firestorm.




Edit: See update on page 5.

DevilDog0402  [Member]
Originally Posted By GUNSLINGER67:
I took a bone stock Springfield MilSpec and pretty-ed her up.
I had bought a scuffed up S&W upper to try and save a blowed-up Colt Commander ,but the frame is too far gone on the Colt. But it was all stainless ....sooooo

Swapped all the internals from the Colt into the Springfield frame and did a little lapping on the rails for the SW upper......and VOILA'!!

A Smithfield Springwesson



FRANKENPISTOL!!! I like it!
cptdean  [Member]
Here's my recent build. Started as a stock Springfield GI and ended up the way I wanted it.

- S&A flat MSH with lanyard loop
- Colt "rat tail" grip safety
- Colt Commander ring hammer
- Colt long trigger
- Colt sear and disconnector
- Colt WWI type thumb safety
- Wilson Combat Bullet Proof sear spring
- Wilson Combat Bullet Proof extractor
- EGW oversized firing pin stop
- Ed Brown drop-in bushing
- Hogue ebony wood grips

I love my all black gun!

RickFinsta  [Team Member]
This is my wife's new gun.

I bought a RIA GI Model 1911 in 38 Super and rebuilt it from the frame up. It's my first 1911 build. I'll get a range report up in a few days, but this is a surprise for her, so I've gotta keep range trips clandestine. I was trying to get a really worn antiqued look to it, and I think I got it looking pretty good. I might still use some DuraBake to tighten up the rail fit, but I'm going to check accuracy first.



Here's a link to a bigger version of the picture.

It's got a Wilson Combat GS and sear/disconnector, a Swenson hammer, and I hand checkered the front strap. The grips are from Zipps Grips, and were custom made into thinlines.
ken_mays  [Team Member]
Before, a rather beat-up example of the breed; one ear of the rear sight was snapped off, the firing pin was mushroomed enough that it wouldn't fire reliably, the trigger pull was pretty abysmal, and the whole thing was scratched and worn. The gold plating on the slide was in pretty good shape, however.



Parts: firing pin, EGW FPS, Commander hammer, S&A MSH and GS, Nighthawk sear, Novak front sight and Yost rear, Brown thumb safety.
Work: high-cut frontstrap, carry bevel, checker frontstrap and MSH, bevel magwell, fit grip safety, cut slide for sights, general reliability enhancements (extractor, throat, springs), beadblast everything but the slide flats.

After:







With "ivories":

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